Web Site Lets Utah Students Report School Bullies Online




 
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Web Site Lets Utah Students Report School Bullies Online
 
October 14th, 2008  
AikiRooster
 
 

Topic: Web Site Lets Utah Students Report School Bullies Online


Web Site Lets Utah Students Report School Bullies Online
Good to see someone is using the brains.




SALT LAKE CITY Hoping to combat the "snitch" label that often leads to silent suffering, six Utah schools have introduced a Web site that allows students to anonymously report bullies.

A Brigham Young University student, Justin Bergener, created the site, which also lets students post information about thefts, drugs and harassment.

Bergener said he hopes students who might otherwise be too scared or shy to speak up will be willing to post on the site.

"There really is this culture and code of silence that's particularly prevalent in middle schools and high schools," Bergener said.

Many students may not want to be seen in the office talking to an authority figure, said Rosanna Ungerman, principal of Provo's Dixon Middle School.

"It allows students to have an outlet and avenue to report things they might otherwise not have reported," Ungerman said.

Nearly 50 schools in other states are also using the Web site.

Here's how it works: School administrators are made aware of any tips either by e-mail or text message, Bergener said. For some schools, students have to create a logon and password to send a tip, but they still remain anonymous, though. But in most cases, schools allow anyone to send a tip with no need to give personal information.

"They'd rather have 10 good ones and one false one than none at all," Bergener told The Associated Press on Monday.

Bergener said his Web site is simply a third party that ships the tips along. SchoolTipline, which also has participating schools in Texas, Washington, California and Arizona, doesn't read the tips or reply to them. If a tip goes unread for a day or so, though, SchoolTipline reminds schools it's there.

The six Utah schools using the Web site include elementary, middle and high schools.

Even some parents have reported incidents anonymously, said Judy Runolfson, Lehi Junior High's assistant principal.

"There's a greater awareness that it's a situation that needs to be looked into right away because we know it can lead from something that's not that bad to something much worse," Runolfson said.


http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,437343,00.html
October 14th, 2008  
Sevens
 
 
Good idea. More schools should follow suit.
October 14th, 2008  
A Can of Man
 
 
Back in my day I just learned martial arts and spent hours a day at the weight room. Which might be why I'm so short.
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Web Site Lets Utah Students Report School Bullies Online
October 14th, 2008  
major liability
 
 
Sounds good in theory, but it seems a bit exploitable if you want to get someone hassled with a false tip.
October 14th, 2008  
AikiRooster
 
 
well, there is of course that drawback but I think its a good thing even with that weakness. I would say not to allow the anonymity so that you can make an example of the first bozo making the/a false claim. I also think its better than nothing. Currently, teachers are way too liberal and wouldn't be able to identify a true threat if one smacked them upside the head, at least thats the way I see it here in the USA.
October 14th, 2008  
Team Infidel
 
 
this is Utah..? not to many bullies.. If this were Los Angeles, the server would crash on day 1.
October 14th, 2008  
Insomniac
 
 
it's the places that don't have it much that want to get rid of it.
October 14th, 2008  
The Other Guy
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by major liability
Sounds good in theory, but it seems a bit exploitable if you want to get someone hassled with a false tip.
True......
October 17th, 2008  
A Can of Man
 
 
It's the trend.
The only tactics that are allowed are cheapshots and misinformation.
Just like the real world.
October 17th, 2008  
03USMC
 
 
WTFever As long as I don't start getting e-mail reports that I have to check out. Raising a generation of wussies and wimps IMHO.
 


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