PCS Enrolls with STOPit Solutions

PCS Enrolls with STOPit Solutions
Posted on 08/21/2019
Putnam County Schools enrolls with STOPit Solutions to empower and protect students with anonymous reporting app.

Putnam County Schools is excited to inform our school communities that all PCS schools have enrolled with STOPit!

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WHAT IS STOPit:

STOPit is an online reporting tool designed to deter and mitigate bullying, cyber abuse, and other inappropriate behaviors, consisting of an app and a back-end incident management system for school administrators.

Our students will have access to the STOPit mobile app, which has two simple but powerful features.

“Report” can be used by students to report incidents to school contacts anonymously.

“Messenger” can be used to engage in anonymous two-way communication with school contacts.

Both Report and Messenger empower students to stand up for themselves and for one another. Students have the power to help put an end to harmful and inappropriate behavior they see online through social media and other means. They can use STOPit to reach out for help if they or a peer are facing a personal crisis or experiencing bullying, abuse, or are otherwise in need of assistance. Our goal with STOPit is to create safer, kinder, school communities both online and off.

No student information is needed to use STOPit. The only way personally identifiable information will be accessible through STOPit is if a student voluntarily includes it within the content of a report or message.

All Putnam County Schools, elementary, middle, and high, are enrolled and able to use the STOPit App!

Putnam County Schools and STOPit are committed to protecting the privacy of student data. You may review STOPit’s Privacy Policy 
for details, including more information on how anonymous reporting works.

FREQUENTLY ASKED PARENT QUESTIONS:  

What student information does the school or user need to provide to STOPit?

None! STOPit does not require any end user information whatsoever. Your child will authenticate using an Access Code, which is the same code as their peers, so they all remain anonymous. Information provided by STOPit app users is also kept private and secure.

What information does STOPit obtain when using the app?

STOPit may automatically collect certain information from a user of the STOPit app, such as IP address; details about the browser, operating system and/or device/hardware; general location, if available; your activities when using our app; and other logging information, including the date and time of your use of the STOPit app. (Please read the STOPit Privacy Policy).


Can STOPit be used by children under the age of 13?

The STOPit app (and its browser-based version) may be used by children under the age of 13. We urge parents to contact the school's administration to learn more about how the school uses STOPit and the data we provide them.


Who receives the reports my child submits via STOPit?

Reports and Messenger messages will be received by the contacts designated by the school. Please check with your school for more information.


Can I as a parent use the app to report incidents?

Parent access of the STOPit app varies from school to school. If your school makes STOPit available to parents, then yes, you may use STOPit to report incidents. Schools often add a web link to the STOPit web app from their site(s).


What types of behavior or activity is supposed to be reported with STOPit?

STOPit is an entirely configurable experience and each district and school makes the decision about what types of reports they are asking the students to submit. STOPit has been used as a school safety solution as well as a powerful reporting tool for issues including bullying, hazing, violence, weapons possession, sexual harassment, discrimination, inappropriate on-line behavior, or threats.


Is it really anonymous? Can the school find out who my child is through the STOPit app?

STOPit is truly anonymous. The school has no ability to identify the submitter of a report or message. At their discretion, an end user may choose to voluntarily provide identifying information in the content of their report or message. Please see the STOPit Privacy Policy – Making Reports with STOPit & How “Anonymous” Reporting Works for details.


FOR PCS STUDENTS:

With STOPit Messenger, students can have a real-time, two-way, anonymous dialog with their school. This allows your school to ask you questions about your report and conduct an effective investigation. Now YOU have the power to protect yourself and stand up for others. Empower a culture of acceptance and safety throughout your school community with STOPit.

Use the STOPit mobile app to anonymously report incidents to your school. Reporting is completely anonymous. You can include text, images, or video. It only takes a few seconds.

Report incidents such as:

• Bullying

• Cyberbullying or cyber abuse

• Harassment

• Violence, threats, or weapons possession

• Alcohol or drug related issues

• Hazing

• Discrimination

• Ethics violations such as cheating or plagiarism


STOPit makes it easy to do the right thing.


Download STOPit for free from iTunes or Google Play.

Download STOPit from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store

 

ABOUT STOPit:

STOPit is the leading technology company providing software and services that mitigate, deter, and control inappropriate conduct. The STOPit solutions are available to schools, universities, workplaces, and governments around the world. Anonymous and configurable reporting are available by mobile app, web app, and phone tip line empowering individuals to protect themselves and stand up for others as well as reporting safety and crime issues. STOPit provides valuable services to administrators, including monitoring their incidents, content about issues and resolutions, training and promotion services, and investigation tools to help get in front of issues and manage risks.

More information and resources can be found online at stopitsolutions.com!