ADEL, Ga. (WALB) — Cook County schools have introduced a new bullying reporting system to address incidents of bullying this school year.
It’s called Anonymous Alerts anti-bullying and safety app. It allows students to report bullying, crime, and negativity seen by students during school hours directly from their smartphones.
The National Center for Educational Statistics reports that one in five students experience bullying at school.
The new app will make it easier for students to report bullying incidents when they occur and anything that could threaten their safety.
Henry Acree, director of student services for the Cook County School District, said the app would be a great addition to their school’s safety,
“He reports to an administrator, the administrator will take the alert as it comes in and respond to it and they will have a two-way conversation with the student if necessary,” he said. “And they can take action in terms of places or whatever may be happening at that time.”
Headteachers said they believe keeping pupils anonymous will give them a much easier process for reporting things they see or experience on a daily basis.
Schools have struggled for years to meet growing mental health needs for both staff and students.
According to the CDC, in 2021 more than a third of high school students reported having poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
School officials said the anonymous app will allow students to have the freedom to express themselves without having to feel embarrassed to say so verbally.
“It also allows for self-reporting for students who are having abuse issues at home or if they have thoughts of harming themselves or other things like that. It also allows them to declare themselves,” Acree said.
School officials said the app is just another layer to keep the school safe across their district.
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