HOW TO REPORT YOUR CONCERN
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What student information does the school or user need to provide to STOPit?
None! STOPit does not require any end user information whatsoever. Your child will authenticate using an Access Code, which is the same code as their peers, so they all remain anonymous. Information provided by STOPit app users is also kept private and secure.
Is STOPit really anonymous?
Can STOPit be used by children under the age of 13?
The STOPit app, and its browser-based version, may be used by children under the age of 13. FPS urges parents to contact their school's administration to learn more about how the school uses STOPit and the data that is provided.
How does the STOPit mobile app work?
Once the STOPit mobile app is downloaded to the student’s phone, it provides them with several powerful features. The Report feature can be used to anonymously submit an incident report consisting of an image, video, and/or text to school contacts who can respond to the incident and get help to the student in need. The STOPit mobile app also allows for anonymous two-way communication between students and school administrators with STOPit Messenger.
What types of behavior or activity should be reported with STOPit?
STOPit has been used as a school safety solution as well as a powerful reporting tool for issues including bullying/cyberbullying, hazing, violence, weapons possession, sexual harassment, intolerance/discrimination, drugs/alcohol, inappropriate on-line behavior, or threats.
What happens after a STOPit report is made?
Can I as a parent/guardian, teacher, or community member use the app to report incidents?
Yes, parents/guardians, teachers and community members can make an anonymous report via the STOPit app or through the desktop reporting link.
Who can I contact with additional questions about STOPit?
IN THE NEWS
A massive police response at Fitchburg High School back on September 12th happened after some alerts came to police through an app called STOPit.
“We did have some communications the app that brought some concerns to our attention,” said Chief Ernest Martineau of the Fitchburg Police Department.
That concern was due to knives brought onto the campus. Police say two students were arrested after one had a pocket knife and a second hid a kitchen knife in the school library.
Fitchburg’s Police Chief spoke to Boston 25 by phone. He says the STOPit app is a game changer.
“This gives not only our student population but our teachers, our entire school community the opportunity to communicate directly and have someone getting crucial information immediately,” said Chief Martineau.
And Fitchburg’s Chief says the app was helpful again just last week.
“We had a bomb threat at Fitchburg High and there was some communication on the STOPit app,” he said.
The STOPit app is simple to use. If you have an incident to report you just open the app.
Click on the tip button and it opens to a whole range of issues – everything from bullying to sexual assault and even weapons are listed. A series of questions pop up and your answers connect you with someone from your organization. And you can remain completely anonymous.
Fitchburg purchased the app thru a federal grant. The Police Chief says the anonymous aspect makes it valuable for kids who might be victims. He says they can feel safe reporting a concern.
“Quite frankly, it should be throughout the Commonwealth. It’s a great tool to put in the hands of students,” said Chief Martineau.
Chief Martineau also says with 6,000 students in Fitchburg schools that’s a lot of eyes and ears who can report a concern – big or small in a matter of seconds.
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