"Bully Alert" app will allow students to report bullying from smart phone
By Victoria Spilabotte. CREATED 12:53 PM
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - Meet Marcos, Evan and Blaze - they're the brains behind the new app "Bully Alert."
"It's hard to solve bullying, but i think you can take steps to better report it," Evan Savar said. "I think our app solves a big problem."
It's still in the works right now, but when the app is rolled out, it will allow CCSD students to report bullying right from their smart phone. It's technology the company said is the first of its kind.
"No one was trying to get out there and get into school systems and get into the right places to make a difference," Blaze Brooks said.
They all want to make a difference because they're all CCSD grads. The idea for the app actually started as a project at Southwest Career and Technical Academy. That's where Marcos and Blaze graduated from in June.
"Whenever I see a problem I like to think of a solution right away," Marcos Ontiveros said. "I was thinking - why isn't the reporting system on the phone?"
On the app the students can categorize the bullying into descriptions like violence, sexual and cyber. Students can also give a detailed account of the incident.
"You can add witnesses to the report, who the bully is, who you've seen," Savar said. "It makes the whole process a lot more streamlined and a lot easier."
Most importantly, students can remain anonymous. Giving the kids the power of reporting right in their hand.
"We have kids who are growing up with technology and obviously for them to adapt to the system that we have now is going to be very simple for them," Ontiveros said.
CCSD confirms it's working with the company to pilot the app in several middle and high schools during the 2014 school year.