Studies report that one-third of youth are bullied at least once a month, while others stress that six out of 10 American teens witness bullying at least once a day.
Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) August 18, 2014
Jupiter Ed announced today the addition of an Anonymous Hotline feature to their Jupiter iO all-in-one gradebook, LMS, analytics, and SIS solution. The newest feature leverages the company’s ongoing investment in its highly affordable, scalable, and reliable cloud-based solution for the K12 market.
The Anonymous Hotline lets students send anonymous messages to their counselor, teacher, or any trusted school official. They may use their smartphone, tablet, or computer to report incidents immediately, and they may include videos, photos, and screenshots, which is useful to catch cyber-bullying. The anonymity encourages more students to report bullying, since many victims and witnesses are too embarrassed to step forward or go to the counselor's office. School staff may write back to give guidance to the student while maintaining their anonymity, something which isn't possible with e-mail or traditional communications.
The statistics are sobering: Studies report that one-third of youth are bullied at least once a month, while others stress that six out of 10 American teens witness bullying at least once a day. “These disheartening numbers establish the need for improved bullying reporting, intervention and prevention efforts in schools across the country,” said Jackie Deluna, Vice President of Marketing, Jupiter Ed. “Having an anonymous reporting process is another tool that Jupiter Ed can offer educators, students and parents to help diminish these numbers.”
Much of the bullying happens online. The average American teen spends up to seven hours a day in contact with others on electronic devices and through social media. This technology is exploited by bullies to intimidate and embarrass their peers.
"The reality is that too much bullying goes unreported, because kids don't want the stigma of being a victim or a 'snitch'," said David Hundsness, Founder and CEO of Jupiter Ed. "This new hotline makes it easier for students to come forward and report bullying right away, on or off campus, 24x7, and for school staff to help these kids."
September 1st will be the kick off to a four-part blog series focusing on bullying in schools. The series will provide information such as preventative steps and solutions to help educators, parents and students stop bullying on their campus. To learn more about the new Anonymous Hotline feature, please visit JupiterEd.com/hotline or call 888-367-6175.