Review by Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Education | Updated August 2016
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Easy-to-use reporting tool helps kids report bullying, find adult help

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  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Character & SEL
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Pros: Simple design and setup make it easy to get help quickly, especially for cyberbullying issues.

Cons: Schools shouldn't rely solely on an app to create a positive, supportive culture among their students.

Bottom Line: With the right context and a strong school culture, this can be a useful and effective tool for monitoring and combating bullying.

Teach kids the rules for your classroom and your school. Define bullying and cyberbullying, and outline what's unacceptable in your school community. Talk about your school culture and what you value, and give examples of the kinds of destructive, unkind behaviors that have no place in your community. Show kids how to use the app to report negative behavior and get help. Talk to kids about the kinds of situations that should be reported and the kinds of situations when they might use the app for help. Also, help students understand which trusted adults they should seek out on campus.

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This anti-bullying app gives kids the tools and opportunity to take positive action against bullying. After entering their school's access code, kids can choose between STOPit's two functions: Report and Get Help. The Report button lets kids instantly and anonymously report bullying behavior: They can enter text or automatically send a photo or video. The Get Help button lets kids connect with their school anonymously through a Messenger feature, and kids can also call or text a preset list of resource numbers. Schools can include an unlimited number of locations for students to contact, such as local crisis centers or district-specific crisis resources. Schools can also use the app to send notifications to users about safety alerts or other critical information. 

STOPit is free to download, and it's only accessible via an access code provided through a paid subscription by a school or an organization. 

A powerful message is baked into STOPit: When you see something, say something. The two easy buttons make it fast, simple, and safe for kids to bring their concerns to trusted adults. 

STOPit's features are anonymous, which is a big help: It's a fast, super-simple way for kids to seek help without fear of judgment or retribution. The system would work especially well with the right context and within a strong school culture. In a school that explicitly values upstanders, kids could be encouraged to report cyberbullying, abusive language, or in-person bullying, and students who need help can use a range of resources to get the support they need. Getting students to use STOPit regularly would likely take some serious school-wide discussion, commitment, and regular follow-up, but this could be a digital tool for a real-life school-wide effort to stamp out bullying and promote kindness, compassion, and respect on campus.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

While it's not especially fun to report bullying or to seek help, the simple, approachable interface makes it easy for kids to get the support they need.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Kids can learn what's important when they're faced with bullying, and they can quickly get help from trusted adults.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

The straightforward interface makes it easy for students to figure out how to take action and get help. 

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Patricia Monticello Kievlan Foundation/nonprofit member

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this app was more of a mistake than my fourth daughter
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