New App Will Keep Students Safe

BullyAppA new app has been released that allows users to report a dangerous situation or just get professional advice on how to handle a conflict with a push of a button.

Students United with Parents and Educators to Resolve Bullying (SUPERB) unveiled ResolveBullying. The app springs from SUPERB’s belief that with the help of unbiased, professional counselors, adolescents can handle the isolation, exclusion, labeling and bullying that may otherwise derail their future. In extreme cases, the app allows users to record dangerous behavior with mobile devices and anonymously connect to 911 if needed.

The app was created by Heather Beaven, CEO of the Florida Endowment Foundation for Florida’s Graduates, which manages a fleet of programs helping Florida students succeed academically and socially. Beaven hopes the app will help young people and families develop healthy ways to protect themselves against the long-term damage created by bullying.

Beaven says, “The research is very clear. Bullies, victims and bystanders are significantly damaged by this behavior well into adulthood. Long-term damage to victims includes higher rates for substance abuse, depression, anxiety, suicide and unemployment. While bullies are more likely to turn to criminal activity and participate in risky sexual behaviors, even bystanders are at increased risk of depression and a reduced ability to connect deeply with others. SUPERB has been helping students protect themselves emotionally since 2004, but until now, we were only able to help families whose schools invited us onto campus. This app allows us to help anyone who needs us without regard to geography or hour of the day.”

The app is currently available in the U.S. for download on both Apple and Google devices. To download, go to http://resolvebullying.org/about.

 

 

image courtesy of SUPERB