Reporting a bullying incident will soon be almost as simple as sending a text message for students in Toronto’s Catholic school board.
Starting Wednesday, about 30,000 teenagers at the board’s 32 high schools can use a smartphone app to report bullying, cyberbullying, threats, concerns about a classmate’s self-harming behaviour or other safety issues. And they don’t have to identify themselves.
The Anonymous Alerts app “is another tool for students in those situations where people don’t feel comfortable reporting in person,” says Nadia Adragna, a high school principal and member of the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s safe schools department.
“We’re a 21st-century board. We wanted to offer another tool that is familiar to students . . . that they can access to promote a positive school climate.”