“I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody” -Abraham Lincoln
Schools face problems with harassment, discrimination, intimidation, taunting, threats and physical confrontations among their student population which never get reported due to embarrassment or fear of retaliation. In the classroom, on the playground, or online, they are all unacceptable forms of bullying.
According to studies, bullying victims are as much as 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims and at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying. Schools have paid out over $50 million in settlements plus legal fees and injunctive relief, so this problem hurts students, families, communities, school districts, and tax payers.
By working with school officials, this program intends to discourage and eventually eliminate bullying from school grounds, the school bus, and school events that take place off campus so students are free to focus on recognizing their true academic potential.
By empowering students (and teachers) with our mobile app to capture evidence and anonymously report incidents of bullying, they can protect themselves and their friends without fear of retaliation, ensuring greater sensitivity for and acceptance of differences based on race, ethnic group, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, weight, and disability.
School officials can leverage the Bully Beware Administrative back-end to confidentially receive incident reports, investigate and track incidents through to disposition, identify trends and locations around the school that need closer monitoring, forward evidence to parents, generate reports, and make the school environment a Bully Beware Zone.
Parents with young kids who walk to school and students walking across campus late at night can take advantage of the “Follow-me” feature which provides an alarm button and enables a “friend” to literally watch them get home safely, recording any incidents along the way.
The Bully Beware system also allows students to report to school officials that a friend may be considering harming themselves because sometimes a good friend is the first to know.