Launch of Stop Bullies mobile app at middle school begins pilot program for SAISD

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What:    Launch of Stop Bullies mobile app at middle school begins pilot program for SAISD
When:    Monday (April 29), 3:00 p.m.
Where:   Irving Middle School, 1300 Delgado St.
In an effort to ensure that no incident of bullying goes unreported, SAISD is launching, on a pilot basis, the Stop Bullies mobile app, which will allow Irving Middle School students to use their mobile phones to anonymously report incidents.Though bullying is not a widespread issue at Irving MS, Principal Michael Jordan wants to be proactive and minimize the chance of students putting themselves at personal or social risk by providing them with an option other than the current process of in-person reports to a school educator or administrator.  SAISD is partnering with Appddiction Studios and Health Collaborative for the program.
During a school assembly, Tim Porter, CEO of Appddiction Studios, will demonstrate to students how the app he designed works. Students will be able to download the app onto their smart phones. If they witness or are informed of an incident of bullying, they can use the app to anonymously send a real-time message, text, image or video to a secure dashboard. A push notification automatically will be texted to several Irving administrators to alert them that an incident has been reported, and the matter will be investigated by the appropriate administrator.Under District policy, conduct is considered to be bullying if it exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator and the student victim through written or verbal expression or physical conduct, and it interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school.
The Health Collaborative, which is funding the pilot program, will give an overview of their Young Minds program which includes the app and other tools available to both families and schools to help reduce the incidence of bullying, raise awareness of community resources and reduce stigma around youth mental health.
The Health Collaborative is a convening organization of major health systems, community-based organizations and other key stakeholders with a mission to improve the health status of the community through collaborative means, is funding the pilot program. Also at the assembly, all 7th-graders also will be given a copy of the R.J. Palacio book “Wonder,” which is about bullying, for their home libraries, with discussions and activities related to the book to take place in class.
Pilot results will be reviewed at the end of the school year.





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