EAMS Lip Dub

Elizabethtown Area Middle School students, teachers and staff created this fun school-wide music video (a lip dub) that promotes student empowerment and bully-free schools. Kudos to all of the staff and students involved in this powerful project.

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The Sticking Together Project

Oakland Mills NAH created the Sticking Together Project spreading kindness along the way…

Anti-bullying bill pulled last week in Minnesota

The Minnesota House had passed a bill that would have required school districts to work with students and parents on policies to prevent bullying, investigate complaints and keep detailed records to strengthen school safety as well as implement additional staff training.  This bill will not get a final vote in the Minnesota Senate so supporters plan to bring back a revised bill next year.  More and more, current anti-bullying policies and protocols are being examined by our government officials as well as our schools.

Article Excerpt:

Supporters have said it would take Minnesota from having one of the weakest anti-bullying laws in the country to one of the strongest.

Opponents argued it was too expensive and overly directive. It would cost local districts roughly $20 million a year, according to a Minnesota Management and Budget analysis.

Dibble said he plans to revive the bill in 2014.

“This failure is only a setback. This bill remains a live bill,” he said in a prepared statement. “We will take it up first thing next February and put every word of it into law.”

Click here to read full article in the Pioneer Press. 

Note: You can visit StopBullyingGov.org for more information regarding your state’s anti-bullying policies and laws.

Sprigeo and Tulare County

All of the schools in Tulare and Kings counties have made the decision to implement Sprigeo into their school systems, an incredible commitment that we are so excited to share this news with you!

The director of prevention programs with the Tulare County Office of Education, Adam Calencia, and our very own, Joe Bruzzese first met at a meeting in Sacramento. Since meeting, they have made the easy decision to adopt the system, because of the flexibility, and relative pricing that Sprigeo offers.

This has been such a big decision, that we are confident in saying; Tulare and Kings Counties will thoroughly enjoy the positive results that Sprigeo brings to their schools.

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Tyson Baker from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who was a victim of bullying when he was a child, started a company with the initiative of ending bullying…through t-shirts! Reach Clothing is based on an experience Tyson once had when he saw that a t-shirt had the power to restore confidence within children. “It started after I heard about a child being bullied for wearing the same shirt to school everyday.”

Tyson can sometimes be seen selling his shirts at schools. He says for every shirt sold, he gives a free one away. Baker’s goal is to take his t-shirts and messages worldwide one day!

This is an excellent example of how people who are affected by bullying can stand up and make a change to spread the word about children and safety! As well, recognition and confidence against bullying may be found in the places where we least expect; lets stand together and find all the ways that we can end bullying!

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School Lauds Success of Anti-bullying System

“Bullies, beware. For the past three years, Goleta Valley Junior High School has been using an online system that lets students report incidents of bullying that take place on campus and on social media sites.”

One of our very own local publications, the Independent has put together a great article on our Online Reporting System.

The number of schools that are taking a stand to prevent bullying and school safety threats, is constantly growing. In particular, Goleta Valley Junior High students and staff have been proactive about preventing bullying with the Sprigeo system for the last three years. The principal of Goleta Valley Junior High is noticing a significant amount of reports coming in from students, who are worried about their classmates being bullied. The principal makes a quick move to find out what exactly is going on behind the reports she receives.

It’s wonderful to hear students are feeling very comfortable, and are able to be very honest with the use of our system to help their classmates in bullying situations.

Middle school student arrested for cyber bullying-KSBW

A middle school child was arrested recently for cyber bullying in the Central California area. The student, who was being bullied, reported multiple incidents to the police, which is something we don’t see most children do.

In this specifc situation, the bully asked some students to smoke marijuana with him, and they declined, and this is when the bullying began. One particular student was bullied on Facebook several times, and then through text messages, and also in person. Cyber bullying can be done in several different ways, which include; through social media platforms, and with texting. Cyber bullying is sometimes harder to track, but also can leave hard evidence, like a text or Facebook post on someone’s wall.

Kids and teens are faced with bullying everyday, and unfortunately a lot of the time it is not reported to administrators, teachers, or the police. Implementing Sprigeo’s anonymous online incident reporting and tracking platform empowers victims, and bystanders, to act against offenders in an effort to create a safer school environment. Anyone with access to the web can use the reporting form on the Sprigeo website to submit an anonymous online report that instantly reaches the school principal, through either email or text message notification. Sprigeo’s platform reduces bullying incidents and school safety threats. Kids and teens trust Sprigeo and the people at their school sites who receive their reports.

Sprigeo stands out among the current methods of reporting because of the due diligence expended in creating a reporting form and follow up mechanism that are user friendly for targets, reporters, bystanders, administrators, and those in leadership positions within a school setting. The platform features are truly invaluable for monitoring compliance, audits, and statistical reporting. According to Sprigeo CEO, Joe Bruzzese, “Over the next few years, the impact of bullying incidents will continue to grow. Providing students with a safe way to report bullying and school safety incidents strengthens the relationship between students, schools and families. Everyone has the right to feel safe at school.”