NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- STOPit, which provides a comprehensive, anonymous software platform that mitigates, deters and controls bullying, today announced over 2mm more students will have access to the app this school year, following implementation through strategic alliances with Great American Insurance Group, Bay Area School Insurance Cooperative and several other insurance entities across the globe.
The company also announced STOP A BULLY WEEK to raise awareness of bullying and cyberbullying and to help jumpstart upstanding behavior among our nation's youth. STOP A BULLY WEEK launched across the country on September 20th and will end on September 26th. The week empowers school communities to recognize positive, upstanding behaviors among students. During the day, administrators and teachers can visit stopitsolutions.com to share acts of kindness they have witnessed during the first few weeks of the school year. STOPit will select one winner based on their outstanding behavior and provide their school with the STOPit platform for free for life, along with a personalized poster autographed by Derek Jeter, who invested in the company.
Schools are finally starting to realize the breadth and seriousness of the issue: more than 1 in 4 children are cyberbullied in their lifetime. Inappropriate behavior both online and offline are costing school districts millions of dollars annually. Tragically, the consequences of bullying can also be far worse among vulnerable young people, who far too often engage in self-harm. STOPit helps empower students to speak up about problem situations before they escalate - anything from bullying to inappropriate student teacher relationships, to concern for a peer. By providing STOPit, insurance companies empower school administrators with smart technology to help them stay ahead of risk. Not only are incidents discovered and resolved faster, the powerful deterrent effect has led to up to a 50% reduction in incidents of all kinds following implementation of STOPit.
"I started this company because of the growing cyberbullying epidemic with students on social media, but as we began to rollout in schools across the country, I realized that the problem is also a broken reporting infrastructure - traditional methods are so riddled with friction they have the disastrous effect of deterring kids from speaking up," stated Todd Schobel, Founder and CEO of STOPit. "By bringing STOPit to protect over 2 million additional students in 2016 and counting, we'll continue to make a difference in schools everywhere and disrupt an industry that's in desperate need of a tech innovation."
For additional info or to get your school involved in STOP A BULLY WEEK, please visit stopitsolutions.com.
STOPit is the leading technology company providing a comprehensive software platform that mitigates, deters and controls bullying, including cyberbullying, harassment and other harmful or inappropriate conduct. The STOPit platform is available to schools, universities, businesses and governments both in the United States and around the world. The STOPit mobile app is a simple, fast and powerful tool which empowers individuals to protect themselves and stand up for others online, on social media, in the classroom or in the office. DOCUMENTit, a robust incident management system, empowers administrators and management to get in front of issues to mitigate risk and adhere to the ever evolving compliance landscape.