Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, all Oak Creek-Franklin students were given access to a tool that will help them take action against bullying and enhance school safety. The new tool is an app called STOPit that gives students the ability to anonymously report any inappropriate behavior directly to a school administrator. “Students don't always feel comfortable talking about an issue, but with the STOPit app, students can anonymously share things that are bothering them and report any unsafe behaviors they observe,” explains Meadowview Principal Lisa Rezner.
The STOPit app is installed on every electronic device in the district, making it easy for students to access throughout the school day. Each school has a unique code for students to enter to ensure their anonymous report is instantly delivered to the administrators and pupil services team at their school. Students are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible and even have the ability to submit screenshots, pictures and video clips with each submission. The messenger tool allows administrators to contact the person who submitted the report for further details.
The after hours setting directs students who use the app outside of the school day to the Get Help tab (which is embedded in the app) to a list of resources including the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, Milwaukee Psychiatric Crisis Hotline, and the Oak Creek Police Department.
So far, school officials have seen a positive impact. “The STOPit app gives our students another avenue to say something when they see something. Allowing them to continue to advocate for safety in their school.” says Jenny Handlen, Social Worker for both of the District’s Middle Schools.
For more information visit stopitsolutions.com.