WILLISTON — Brutal Internet-based bullying has been on the rise, and in effort to counter the trend, Williston Public School District No.1 has made a new bullying deterrent app accessible to its students so they can anonymously report incidents.
The STOPit app allows students to take screenshots when an incident occurs and it sends a report directly to the app’s cloud-based incident management system, DOCUMENTit, which then notifies the school counselors in real time. That takes it to the school’s counselor. The app works with other social media like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Administrators can then monitor trends in activity, whether it be photographic or textual harassment. Educators can also see periods throughout the year that peak the most incidents so they can find better proactive means to quell occurrences.
To help parents better understand the app and provide more tools to protect their children, a STOPit cyber safety rally is set to be held at the Williston Area Recreation Center tonight at 7 p.m.
With 20 years experience, cyber safety expert, Sgt. Tom Rich has traveled to hundreds of schools to give talks regarding bullying. He will be presenting different cyber safety tactics and help parents see what they can be doing to help.
Parents and students are urged to attend so everyone can work to change the culture in the schools.