SISD educators hope new app will curb bullying

SISD educators hope new app will curb bullying

POSTED: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 6:10pm

UPDATED: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 10:35am

If your child attends the Socorro Independent School District, they will be armed with a way to prevent bullying -- all in the palm of their hands.

The anonymous alerts app is available for students to download if they have a smart phone. Educators are hoping this will help pave the way to safer campuses.

Students we spoke with said, this app is a great idea because it allows them to report incidents in a manner comfortable to them.

Many children have been bullied. "People would pick on me and I wouldn't defend myself and that's the thing that really bothered me,” Peter Lara, a 9th grade student within SISD said.

"It got to a point where I got hit,” Stephanie Chavez, an alumna of El Dorado High School recounted.

While there is no clear cut way to completely prevent bullying, SISD has an app that will help students report it.

"This app allows us to communicate with the students anonymously,” Fernando Vasquez, the Assistant Director of State and Federal Programs told us.

The anonymous alerts app is free and can be used on any smart phone.

"It's personal and it's something that you can get from an app store. It's great,” Chavez said.

And like the app's name states, students can send the report without telling an administrator their name. “Being anonymous would really help because there have been cases where I told on them or told someone… and they find out and I get more bullied,” Lara explained.

Administrators also said the app will be sent to the proper educator via email or text. "If it should be like a bullying incident they can respond quickly and get to wherever the incident is taking place,” Vasquez said. And if it's not happening at that moment administrators will look into and take appropriate action. "They will remain safe, anonymously, they don't have to worry about any retaliation.”

The district is also hoping the anonymous alert will help them, help students more efficiently. "Sometimes reports get completed and they're lacking information."

And they're also hoping parents will pick up their smart device,"to use the app when they see anything suspicious happening at the campuses,” Vasquez explained.

Which they are hoping, will help them keep campuses safe.

Students are on break and will return to class on October 14th. That's when administrators are officially launching the app.

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