Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 10.44.06 AM   In August, Gulliver implemented a new way to fight against bullying by using the app “Stop !t.”

With modern technology, bullying took on other forms beyond just face-to-face harassment. With the popularity and widespread usage of  cell phones and a plethora of social media platforms, there are now more ways than ever before to bully and torment others.

The Stop !t app responds to this new evolution by using these new platforms to stop bullying. The app provides a way to report cases of bullying, whether over the web or in person. It allows students to send messages in the form of pictures, videos, or texts to faculty disclosing any issues of concern or harassment. These messages are anonymous, providing a safe space for students to be completely honest.  It is available to anyone who has seen or been a victim of bullying where both parties can receive advice on how to address the situation.

Miller Drive Assistant Principal George Hart, along with a team of other faculty members brought the app to the students’ attention on the first day of school to ensure everyone downloaded the app and felt safe while at school. The purpose of the app is not only to address the issue of bullying in the form of verbal and online harassment, but to help expand a sense of comfort within the community.

“The most important thing is to create an inclusive environment and ensure that everyone feels welcomed,” said Hart.

The app can be downloaded in the app store for any phone service. To register through Gulliver, download the app and enter the access code “Goraiders.” Not only can students report and issue using the app, they speak with an anonymous person to work through a variety of issues related to maintaining one’s mental health.

“I think it’s an effective way to make Gulliver a friendlier and safer community. It will hopefully make people more considerate about the way they treat others,” said senior Sarah Menasce.

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