Stratford school turns to tech with anonymous reporting app

Stratford – When Superintendent Uyi Osunde was the principal of Windsor High School, he saw firsthand that the same mobile devices that students sometimes use to bully each other can also be an effective tool to deter such behaviour.

What the school did, Osunde said, was to adopt an app Windsor had been using for the past four years, which he said was effective in helping school officials deal with bullying cases. Now, Stratford School has launched a similar app that allows students to report to school officials while remaining anonymous.

“Kids are the eyes of our school,” said Matthew Rivers, the technical director who helped build the app in the area. “They have a pulse on what’s going on in the classroom, with their peers, with their friends.”

Officials hope the app, called Stopit, will allow students to help people and provide a more comfortable way to report problems, Rivers said. Previously, they had to visit school administrators or school counselors to report incidents, he said.

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