Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Stop!T - Stop CyberBullying in its Tracks at YOUR School!

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites. 

Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles. Kids who are being cyberbullied are often bullied in person as well. Additionally, kids who are cyberbullied have a harder time getting away from the behavior. This makes cyberbullying a far different experience than how you or I may have been bullied as kids.

  • Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and reach a kid even when he or she is alone. It can happen any time of the day or night. Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source.
  • Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent. What is on the Internet is often public and permanant for better or worse.
  • Cell phones and computers themselves are not to blame for cyberbullying. Social media sites can be used for positive activities, like connecting kids with friends and family, helping students with school, and for entertainment. But these tools can also be used to hurt other people. Whether done in person or through technology, the effects of bullying are similar.

That's where a product like Stop!T comes in! STOPit is a simple, fast and powerful cyberbullying solution. When implemented at a school or in a school district it can help report, track and effectively deter cyberbullying. Stop!T works via an app that is easily installed on any mobile device. The students get an "intellicode" that identifies them in their school that gets put into the app. Once the app is installed and identified with the school, the student then has the power to anonymously report bullying activity to the school administration via the app. Once reported, the DOCUMENTit system keeps track of the reported bullying case until it is closed by the school, keeping track of every step taken to rectify the situation.

Stop!T is currently on version 1.0 and rolling out a new improved version 2.0 this spring, but 1.0 has been wildly successful. Some schools report a drop in reported cyberbullying of up to 83% after Stop!T is implemented. Take a look for yourself to see if Stop!T is right for your school, and help protect your students from being bullied 24 hours a day with no way to Stop!T!

Bruce has worked in educational technology for over 18 years and has implemented several 1:1/BYOD programs.  He also has served as a classroom teacher in Computer Science, History and English classes.  Bruce is the author of five books: Sands of TimeTowering Pines Volume One:Room 509The Star of ChristmasPhiladelphia Story: A Lance Carter Detective Novel and The Insider's Story: A Lance Carter Detective Novel.  Follow Bruce's Novel releases by subscribing to his FREE newsletter!

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