Reporting Cited as Biggest Problem with Bullying Prevention
By: Paul Langhorst
At the School Safety Advocacy Council’s 2012 National Conference on Bullying, “failure to report” was cited as one of the main problems facing school administrators in their fight against bullying. Attendees learned that students fail to report bullying for a variety of reasons, which mostly revolve around fear – fear of retaliation, loss of status/reputation, and loss of computer, phone and other privileges.
The CyberBully Hotline was created as a means to combat reporting fear. Schools should strive to create a climate in which students feel comfortable reporting face to face, but certain situations will be better served by an anonymous reporting system. In fact, many state laws now mandate some form of anonymous reporting.
The CyberBully Hotline is a text and web-based system that allows students to send text and voice messages from where they spend most of their time these days – from their mobile phones. Students are more comfortable texting than they are talking and the CyberBully Hotline leverages that comfort to increase the likelihood of more timely reporting. Students can text anonymous reports which are delivered immediately and simultaneously to a school official’s email and mobile device and to their CyberBully Hotline user account where messages can be viewed and archived.
A unique feature allows for an anonymous two-way dialog between sender and receiver completing a complete communication cycle.
The CyberBully Hotline is not just a number. It is a comprehensive bully prevention and reporting solution involving three core programs:
- A local text & voice capable number that does not require the use of short codes
- Eye-catching bully prevention reinforcement and awareness materials for display and hand out to students
- A private online Resource Center where our clients can read best practices, informative articles from our dedicated Subject Matter Experts, and sign up for our free bully prevention professional development series.
The CyberBully Hotline is budget friendly and can qualify for school safety grants and there are corporate sponsorship opportunities as well.
The CyberBully Hotline can help your school or district prevent and reduce bullying. To learn more, click here.