|By PR Newswire||
|January 21, 2014 09:30 AM EST||
NEW YORK, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- STOPit, a powerful tool which allows victims and witnesses of cyberbullying to "stand tall, tell all" announced its official launch today. Only 1 in 10 children that have been a victim of cyberbullying will inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse. The app empowers children that have been exposed to cyberbullying, whether as a victim or bystander, to anonymously and securely take immediate action. This enables them to seek help by efficiently informing trusted adults and school officials in order to stop the devastating effects of vicious cyber predation before it is too late.
Available in two versions: the individual version enables parents to empower their kids and the school version enables schools to empower their entire student body to fight cyberbullying. STOPit takes a four-pronged approach to putting a halt to cyberbullying using various fully customizable features for each individual child:
- The STOPit button: "Stand Tall Tell All" empowers users to capture offensive material and send to preselected trusted adults including school officials.
- The HELPit button: "A Shoulder to Lean On" provides a gateway for children to seek help and advice around the clock, including talk and text options with a national crisis support network.
- The FRIENDit button: "Always Anonymous Upstander" allows witnesses of cyberbullying to capture offensive material and anonymously send to preselected trusted adults including school officials.
- The REPORTit button: "Secure Protection" enables children to document and report evidence when cyber predation escalates to a dangerous level. When cyber predators target a child, the threatening evidence can be sent to trusted adults or law enforcement officials.
Additionally, the exclusive DOCUMENTit system for schools allows administrators to manage incident reports in real-time and track response efforts, thereby maintaining detailed documentation to support any investigation.
"There are countless online platforms that give children the opportunity to hide behind their smart phones and computers to victimize others." stated Todd Schobel, President of STOPit. "My goal is to empower children with an outlet in which they feel safe to stop it. Children will go so far as to take their own lives when dealing with the emotional consequences of cyberbullying and I want to put an end to it."
To learn more about how the STOPit app can put an end to cyberbullying, please visit stopitcyberbully.com.
Launched in December of 2013, STOPit is the first app of its kind that puts the power in the hands of cyber savvy kids to take a stand against cyberbullying and stomp out this devastating epidemic. With mobile devices being the #1 most used instrument of harassment, soon the very devices used to commit cyberbullying may be the ones to stop it. Offering protection for kids and peace of mind for parents, STOPit is easily installed on Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android smart phones.