Part 2 of 2 in a series on Youth Sports & Bullying
‘It’s just not fun anymore’
The Great Race
Ow, that hurts
Bullying is a year-round activity
Empowering young athletes
Putting the ‘play’ back into ‘play ball’
Exploring the Role of the SRO in Today’s Schools
What does a School Resource Officer do?
Resource officers build relationships
The bottom line: keeping kids safe
Part 1 of 2 in a series on Youth Sports & Bullying
A lot of times, the bullies aren’t the ones wearing the uniforms
Silence isn’t always golden
A safe, and anonymous, tool for reporting abuse
If it’s summer, there must be sports camps
STOPit’s New Add-On Service Improves School Safety
How does STOPit work?
Your safety and security back-up team
STOPit benefits everyone
Get Started with Anonymous Reporting in 3 Simple Steps
Here’s how to roll out STOPit in your school – Your Launch Kit has everything you need
Launching the app for your students
How to manage incidents quickly and simply
Customizing case management in just four simple steps
5 Reasons why STOPit Outperforms the Competition in K-12 Schools
When it comes to finding ways to report and manage cyberbullying, harassment and other harmful or inappropriate conduct, school districts across the country are exploring all different approaches to keep kids safe.
From software to smartphone apps, to even basic Google docs used by some school systems, administrators are zeroing in on ways to equip students with the tools they need to report incidents safely and effectively.
While many of the reporting options offer important features — like user anonymity, a messaging function and incident management — only STOPit combines all those functions and more in one simple and powerful platform.
A fast and secure program for reporting and managing any type of harmful or inappropriate behavior, STOPit is transforming the way the world reports.
Here are five reasons why STOPit outperforms the competition in K-12 schools:
1. There’s an app for that (so your students will use it)
Kids love their smartphones. According to Pew Research Center, 91 percent of teens with cell phones actively text and over 16.7 million texts are sent in a typical U.S. high school annually. That’s a lot of their time spent looking at their phones. So it would make sense, since StopBullying.gov found that between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school, to give kids a method for reporting incidents that they understand.
Unlike Web-based programs, such as HIBster — which is found mainly in New Jersey and Pennsylvania school districts — STOPit arms students with a mobile app that lets them quickly and anonymously report an incident. Students download the app, enter their school’s unique identification code and when an incident occurs, they can anonymously report it to the administrative team.
“Students are digital natives and many choose to communicate first through digital means, rather than face-to-face conversations,” Dr. Robb Killen, Supervisor of Counseling & Mental Health Maury County Public Schools noted. “(STOPit) meets them where they are.”
2. Individual school interfaces and reporting
For the broad populations of K-12 districts, a one-size-fits-all approach just doesn’t fit. Reporting apps like Anonymous Alerts utilize the same interface for an entire school district, but STOPit allows you customize your reporting fields for each one of your schools. For instance, middle school students might be given just three fields to report the most basic information to school authorities, while a district’s high school students might also ask for location, incident details, or students involved.
Regardless of what format is used for reporting, all students are greeted with just two simple buttons when they open the STOPit app — “REPORT” and “MESSENGER.” Anonymous Alerts presents students up to five buttons to choose from, which could create confusion and deter a student from completing the report.
3. Real-time reporting gets administrators ahead of incidents
As a perceived cost-saving measure, some school districts opt to create a Google Doc that is posted to the school’s website as a means for students to report any type of bullying incident. And while that may satisfy state mandates, there’s a great risk of delay between the report being made and it being seen and responded to by school authorities. STOPit research shows that 82% of reporters use a Mobile App – and this simply is not available with this “do it yourself” approach.
Additionally, this approach is manual. Reports can only be sent to specific administrators via email – there is no centralized system for managing and categorizing reports, allowing for mistakes in tracking and follow up.
STOPit, which has over 2,000 schools across the country on its growing platform, offers real-time reporting capabilities. In addition, the messenger feature allows administrators to engage in an anonymous conversation with the student to facilitate an effective investigation and get the information you need. With quick dissemination of information, school authorities can get ahead of incidents and mitigate risk.
4. You choose where your reports go (and how they’re handled)
Some state-supported programs, like Michigan’s Okay2Say or Colorado’s Safe2Tell, send student reports to trained technicians who filter the information to local law enforcement agencies, school officials, community mental health service programs, or the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for a timely response. Schools using the STOPit platform designate where that real-time information gets sent. Local reporting means local decision making, without interference from other entities. After all, who knows your school community better than you?
As an add-on service, the STOPit Incident Monitoring Service is designed for districts who prefer to have students’ reports monitored 24/7 by bilingual operators. If a student reports something they witness at any time via the STOPit anonymous reporting application, a team of professionals gets alerted immediately and determines the next action. Operators are trained on when to route the report to local law enforcement and when to direct the report to your school’s designated anti-bullying coordinator.
“With STOPit, we have a program in place for students to report issues they see so that we can help,” said a Cheryl Dyer, Superintendent of Wall Township Schools, NJ. And with STOPit IMS, if law enforcement needs to be involved, we know that the STOPit team will help make it happen 24 hours a day and seven days a week.”
5. Better compliance and better reporting – without more of your time
Legacy reporting systems – paper, hotlines, even web reporting – no longer meet the needs of our modern connected society. In order to get the kind of insight that can make a difference, you need to meet people where they are. And you need an efficient system that won’t suck time from your day.
DOCUMENTit, STOPit’s robust incident management system, empowers administrators and management to get in front of issues to mitigate risk and adhere to the ever evolving compliance landscape. DOCUMENTit is completely customizable for schools. Administrators can set custom alerts, incident tags or other trackable factors, create folders, and can organize their data however is most beneficial. Schools can also assign or escalate incidents, as well as email parents directly from within the platform.
STOPit is a powerful deterrent – you’ll see the difference as people start thinking twice before making a bad decision. Together with you, STOPit is helping create safe, smart places for people to live, work and learn.
“Programs come and go,” said one school counselor, “but I feel like STOPit is a program that’s going to be here to stay.”
To learn more about how STOPit can benefit your school community, contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 855-999-0932.
What kid hasn’t used the directive “Stop it!” in some form or fashion? Run those words together and you’ve got new school technology aimed at averting issues such as bullying.
STOPit is designed for students, because life can be difficult. It’s not always easy for students to speak up about cyberbullying or even self-harm.
Dee Crabtree, Bedford County Schools coordinator of school health, recently discussed this new technology with Bedford County Board of Education. She informed the group that the STOPit mobile app provides a safe, anonymous and comfortable way for students to share emergency information with educators.
Safe and effective
“We recently introduced the STOPit app to our students,” said Crabtree. “It’s geared toward students third through 12th grade. It helps students prevent such issues . . . that which negatively impacts the learning environment.”
Crabtree advised board members that the mobile app is currently being used in 30 Tennessee school districts. The school systems have insurance partnerships which help reduce cost.
Each student has access to an individual code. School administrators and their designees are responsible for monitoring student use.
Most schools, Crabtree said, have downloaded the app on school devices, so even those without mobile phones can access it. She showed the school board a short video.
Easy to use
It’s virtually as simple as one click. Once the app is downloaded, students enter their personal access code. If students want to report bullying, they simply open the app, tap the report button, then send a message.
Board member Glenn Forsee asked. “To whom?”
“The principal and his or her designee . . . whoever they want to receive it,” said Crabtree.
Superintendent Don Embry said some school resource officers (SROs) receive student messages. Embry said principals were trained as well as students on proper use of the application.
“It just wasn’t just thrown out there,” said Embry. “They’ve gone through how to use it.”
The superintendent said in just about three months, there have been some bullying incidences halted. He said some kids have just played with the app, which is to be expected.
“This is just one measure … one way to help a child,” said Embry. “They can do it anonymously.”
Embry said the app is being highly recommended by Tennessee Risk Management Trust, which is the school system’s insurance provider. He has discussed the technology with other educators across the state, noting STOPit receives positive reviews.
“We’re still working out those kinks,” said Embry. “Once it settles down, it will be a really good reporting method.”
Forsee said because of social media, and the plethora of information available, he asked about a firewall of protection. Crabtree said the STOPit education solutions company is responsible for protecting a student’s private information.
Board member Brian Crews asked Crabtree about their plans if the volume of calls becomes greater than the people available to respond to student messages. Crews, who is also acting deputy chief of the Shelbyville Police Department, explained there is a possibility that student complaints could go to a database at 7:30 a.m. or 9 p.m. when no one is monitoring. He asked how those calls would be monitored.
“That’s one of the kinks . . . what constitutes an emergency,” said Embry. “Those are things that need to be checked on.”
Board member Diane Neeley said Liberty School rolled out information about the new app on Facebook. School principals also have posters up advising students to become involved in STOPit.
As for misuse of the technology, Embry noted it falls under the same guidelines as abuse of any other school resources. “If a student misuses it … false reports, they can be banned or blocked out from the program.”
STOPit founder Todd Schobel was driving home from work on a normal day when a story on the radio changed his life forever.
The story the STOPit creator heard was that of the tragic story of Amanda Todd, a victim of online predation and the cruel and relentless taunting by her peers. Amanda took her own life at just 15 years of age.
Amanda had shared her story via flashcards in a YouTube video that caught the world’s attention. Overcome with a sense of urgency, Schobel believed the key to helping people like Amanda was to empower them to use the same technology that was inflicting a lot of hurt.
In that moment, STOPit was born.
Pacelli Catholic School has enrolled with STOPit, the leading technology platform for schools that deters and controls harmful or inappropriate conduct. STOPit empowers students with an easy app to safely and anonymously report anything of concern to school officials – from cyberbullying to threats of violence or self-harm. STOPit empowers students to stand up for themselves and others while giving our school the insight we need to keep students safe.
“With STOPit, students have the power to protect themselves and others from harmful, inappropriate, or unsafe behavior. STOPit makes it easy for students to do the right thing,” stated Jean McDermott, Principal of Pacelli.
With STOPit, students can submit anonymous reports containing text, photos, or video. Administrators are then able to manage incidents in a backend management system called DOCUMENTit. DOCUMENTit provides efficient and powerful investigative tools to our staff, including the ability to message with the reporter, which allows us to address issues instantly.
STOPit does more than just help schools address incidents and mitigate risk. STOPit will also help us go beyond reacting to bullying and inappropriate behavior, and instead start deterring it. As young people continue to engage more with technology every day, we are taking a proactive step to empower our students to become upstanders in our community in the way that they feel most comfortable. We believe our adoption of STOPit is an important step in our continued effort to provide a positive school climate and a safe learning environment for our students.
Our STOPit program launch took place last week with students learning about the program during a school assembly and parents receiving information at conferences.
LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – The Los Lunas Police Department is offering a new way to submit tips about criminals through a mobile app.
The police department will launch the “STOPit” program Thursday.
The app lets the tipster upload images, videos and documents all while ensuring you’ll be completely anonymous.
To access the program, download the STOPit app and enter access code: LosLunasPD.
The app will replace the text-a-tip program.