Kids Could Soon Turn to Cell Phones to Report Bullying
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CREATED May. 30, 2013
Cell phones have often been a tool for bullies in the past.
Now they may be used as a tool to fight back.
A school technology company announced they are giving schools a way for students to report bullying through a text message..
The best part? It's free.
It's called the tip text program and every message will be reported to school officials. Administrators here in northeast Wisconsin have already begun to use technology to stop bullying and this could be another tool for them.
"Communication is a big problem."
"They can't seem to find a way to or get someone to report it."
Matt Bent reported his son being bullied two months ago at a Kaukauna school through Facebook.
"They don't have an easy way that they can just quietly say what's happening," says Bent
Students with phones
"Playing a much bigger role."
Could be the answer with a simple text.
Freedom School Superintendent Kevin Kilstofte knows what role technology can play in bullying as his district has already started an online way to report incidents.
"It's recorded so we have a record of each report that's sent in, an electronic record so it really helps," says Kilstofte.
And texting is something he would consider as well.
School Administrators are appreciative of any tools that will prevent bullying in schools, but they say the most important thing is being able to take out your phone type in a report which keeps the student anonymous.
"A plus for the kids, you know you can provide all the information and give us the opportunity to investigate."
And also a step in the right direction
"Plan of action."
As school districts
"Improve in that area."
Several School Districts in northeast Wisconsin have already implemented BIRTS, an online way to report bullying incidents. Administrators would welcome more tools if they became available.