ST. LOUIS, MO – The CyberBully Hotline’s award-winning anonymous bully reporting service for K-12 schools is going mobile thanks to a new app for school administrators. The app allows school leaders to respond to incidents of bullying and other issues reported by students.
“Our reporting program is already helping schools across the country uncover and deal with hidden problems, such as bullying, vandalism, and school violence,” said Paul Langhorst, co-founder of the CyberBully Hotline. “Our app gives school leaders an easier way to respond to incidents that are happening on campus.”
Schools that implement a CyberBully Hotline program can accept anonymous text messages and voice calls from students and parents who want to report problems.
The idea behind the program is that students are reluctant to tell adults about issues like bullying, self-injury, and mental health troubles, and an anonymous means of reporting can help bring their concerns into the light.
Leaders of the CyberBully Hotline say that they created this new mobile app because administrators needed a mobile way to manage bullying reports.
“With the CyberBully Hotline's new bully reporting app, school leaders have a direct, real-time link to the CyberBully Hotline system, and they’ll be able to work with reports directly from their mobile devices,” Mr. Langhorst said. “This mobile app will help administrators respond even more quickly when students make a report.”
Mr. Langhorst notes that educators can use the CyberBully Hotline customers to prevent many incidents from happening, rather than simply reacting after an event has occurred.
“A great example is a school district that reduced the number of students disciplined for fighting by over 90% in just one year of using the CyberBully Hotline,” said Mr. Langhorst. “They consistently encourage kids to text in tips, and they’ll often receive notifications that say something like, ‘There’s about to be a fight in the gym.’ Quite often, they’re able to intervene before problems get out of hand.”
The CyberBully Hotline program is being used by K-12 schools from coast to coast. In less than two years, it has become a leading anonymous reporting solution for schools and been recognized with multiple national awards.
“We’re confident that the CyberBully Hotline mobile app will help enhance safety and security at the schools that use it,” said Mr. Langhorst.
An iPhone version of the CyberBully Hotline app is now available, and schools who subscribe to CyberBully Hotline service can direct users to download the app from the iTunes store for free here. An Android version of the app will be released in the coming weeks.
About the CyberBully Hotline
The CyberBully Hotline offers K-12 schools a flexible, easy way to accept and manage student reports of bullying. A service of SchoolReach, the leader in school notification system technology, the CyberBully Hotline has helped schools across the U.S. decrease school bus bullying, reduce school fighting, stop locker theft, and address many other concerns. For more information on the CyberBully Hotline, visit www.cyberbullyhotline.com.