More Missouri School Districts Implementing Anonymous Reporting

By Paul Langhorst        October 31, 2012

The trend is clear…more and more Missouri school districts are implementing the CyberBully Hotline anonymous bullying reporting solution. The program, launched by SchoolReach in March of 2012 is quickly becoming the go-to choice for anonymous reporting needs.  Offering text and phone based access, the CyberBully Hotline is designed to meet students where they live – on line, and give them a voice that they did not have before.

“Many of our clients feel they are not faced with significant bullying issues, but still want to offer students a more comfortable and convenient way to say what’s on their mind,” said Joe Palacios, CEO of SchoolReach. “Many of those same customers are surprised to learn after they have implemented the CyberBully Hotline, that they did not have a full picture of what was happening at their schools, on their buses and elsewhere.”

The Affton, Wentzville, Bayless and Hancock school districts are just a few of the districts in Missouri that have implemented the CyberBully Hotline or are in the process of doing so.

The Wentzville school district is a prime case study of a district that was already fully engaged with robust bullying prevention efforts, but yet felt some form of anonymous reporting was needed to help students who might be reluctant to come forward. Upon implementation, the district was pleased to see that students were using the program appropriately to report on matters that were previously not being discussed and that parents were also using the program to report on incidents that their children were reluctant to address with their teachers.

If you would like more information on how the CyberBully Hotline can increase the effectiveness of your bulling prevention efforts, please contact us or call us at 1-800-420-1479.

Effective Bullying Prevention Strategies Sponsored by CyberBully Hotline at MO-CES Bullying Summit

By Paul Langhorst                                         October 19, 2012

School administrators, teachers and counselors in Missouri were offered a fantastic opportunity to learn effective bullying prevention strategies first-hand during the Missouri Center for Education Safety’s first-annual Bullying Summit. The event was held on October 18th and consisted of multiple breakout sessions and keynote speakers who offered information and insight into today’s bullying prevention problems.

As a Missouri-based program, the CyberBully Hotline was honored to take part in the event through our sponsorship of Scott Poland, Ed. D, who gave the keynote address: “Bullying Victimization and School Safety.”  Scott Poland, is a psychologist and mental health expert and gave a riveting presentation on the links between bullying, harassment and suicide.

Dr. Scott Poland is a nationally recognized expert on school crisis, youth violence, suicide intervention, self injury, school safety, threat assessment, parenting and the delivery of psychological services in schools.  He has lectured andBullycide as Explained by Dr. Scott Poland written extensively on these subjects, appeared on all major television network news programs, and has presented over 1,000 workshops in every state and numerous foreign countries. He served on the President’s Roundtable on Youth Violence and has testified about the needs of children before the U. S. Congress on four occasions Dr. Poland is a founding member of the National Emergency Assistance Team for the National Association of School Psychologists and serves as the Prevention Director for the American Association of Suicidology.

The event also showcased many bullying prevention programs including, the CyberBully Hotline, Olweus, CharacterPlus, GreenDot, and featured other presentations, including Lynn Lang from the Archdiocese of St. Louis who spoke on Virtue-Based Restorative Justice ™, and Scott Sommers, an attorney with the Missouri School Boards Association who covered Missouri bullying statutes and case law.

 

 

 

Anonymous CyberBully Hotline Implemented by Wentzville, MO School District

By Paul Langhorst                October 10, 2012

The Wentzville, MO School District announced the kick off of their CyberBully Hotline program to their parents and school community on Monday October 8th.  The school district utilized parent engagement best practices in their announcement, incorporating news of the service across all their school communication channels; including: website, social media sites, and issued a press release on the matter which was picked up locally by Fox 2 News.

As reported by Fox 2:Anonymous bullying reporting program helps fight bullying at Wentzville School District

“The program helps create an anonymous way for people to report bullying, harassment or intimidation.

A designated school official gets the message and can have an anonymous conversation, which the district hopes will encourage students to use it. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If parents or students have any questions or require further information, they can contact any school office, visit the CyberBully Hotline section of the District website, or visit www.cyberbullyhotline.com to learn more.”

Wentzville School District is joined by the Hancock and St. Louis Special School Districts who have implemented the CyberBully Hotline since the beginning of the 2012-13 school year and represent a new trend by school administrators who embrace new anonymous reporting systems as a means to reach students who may be fearful of an initial face to face meeting.

From the CyberBully Hotline team…way to go Wentzville, Hancock, and the St. Louis Special School District!

CyberBully Hotline Wins TAM Award for Bullying Prevention Materials

By Paul Langhorst            Sept. 27, 2012

SchoolReach, the providers of the CyberBully Holtine, was honored with several Targeted Marketing and Advertising (TAM) awards at the St. Louis Business Marketing Association’s annual award ceremony on Tuesday.

The main award for the night, like “Best Motion Picture” at the Oscars, was the Best-in-Class award for Total Campaign, which covered all aspects of a go-to-market strategy – website, direct marketing, newsletter, blog, brochure, and supporting collateral.  We are pleased to announce that the CyberBully Hotline took the top TAM award for Total Campaign – winning the coveted Best-in-Class award. In addition, as a single item, our 8-page CyberBully Hotline brochure took the Silver TAM for Best Brochure.

Cyberbullying prevention resource materials

Our winning materials and awards!

Our entire company was involved in the creation of the CyberBully Hotline campaign – from logo design to copy to image selection.  The marketing department would post concepts on a long wall near our reception area and employees were asked to vote on various concepts until the final product was produced. We were greatly aided by our creative agency, Bloodlines Creative, on the overall creative strategy and its development.

We wish to thank all our employees, Bloodlines, and the St. Louis BMA for making the Best-in-Class TAM award possible.

Thank you St. Louis BMA and TAM!!!!

 

Suicide in the School Community – Response and Recovery: Webinar Event

In recognition of National Bullying Awareness Month (Oct 2012), please plan on joining us for a Professional Development webinar: Suicide in the School Community: Response & Recovery.

Expert in Teen Suicide - Tina MeierOur special guest speakers are Tina Meier of the Megan Meier Foundation and suicide/ mental health expert, Scott Poland.

The webinar is set for Monday, Oct. 15th, 2012 from 10:30-11:30 AM CDT  Register for this powerful webinar here.

Since her daughter Megan’s suicide, Tina Meier has committed her life to battling bullying and cyberbullying. Tina Meier is helping school administrators across the country expand their knowledge of the impact of bullying on kids and their families.

Dr. Scott Poland is a nationally recognized expert on school crisis, youth violence, suicide intervention, self injury, school safety, threat assessment, parenting and the delivery of psychological services in schools. From Dr. Poland learn about the link between bullying and suicide; learn warning signs of suicidal behavior and thoughts; learn tips on how to speak to students and your communities about suicide; and learn best practices for dealing with the aftermath of a suicide in your school community.

Female Aggression Expert, Joyce L. Davis, Joins CyberBully Hotline as Contributor

By Paul Langhorst        Sept. 25, 2012

We would like to recognize and welcome Joyce L. Davis, M.A. to the CyberBully Hotline Female Agression Expertteam. Joyce will be providing articles and insight into the unique challenges associated with female on female bullying and aggression.  Joyce has been a dedicated teacher and counselor for more than 13 years having taught in middle schools in both Maryland and Florida. She has served on several boards of education at the secondary and tertiary levels and has participated in numerous advocacy programs that promote excellence and self-development among adolescents.

As the founder and Executive Director of Pearl Girlz, LLC., Joyce has a clearly defined goal to “celebrate the unique pearl in every girl” by providing female bullying prevention workshops and pro-social training programs that offer teen girls the necessary tools to be successful in life, to appreciate their total beauty and to be proud of their unique identity.

Bullying Prevention Partner Page Added to CyberBully Hotline Website

By Paul Langhorst                 September 1, 2012

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!

It’s Saturday morning, 7:46 AM, and I am laboring away on the CyberBully Hotline website launching a new partner page which can be found here: http://www.cyberbullyhotline.com/partners.html.

This page currently features two of our partners, Web Wise Kids and the Megan Meier Foundation. More are in development and their logos and brief description will be added shortly. Our partners help guide and refine the services offered by the CyberBully Hotline or may offers services which can be used to augment overall bully prevention efforts. We encourage you to check them out, and check back often to see who has been added.

Don’t work too hard over the Labor Day Weekend!