Anti-Bullying-Initiative

 
 
                                                         Anonymous Alerts
 
 
ANONYMOUS ALERTS
 
Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District is pleased to introduce a new communications tool called Anonymous Alerts.
 
What is the Anonymous Alerts app?
The Anonymous Alerts anti-bullying and safety app reporting system helps combat bullying and other negative activity in schools by empowering students to speak up. Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome. 
 
The system allows for 1-way or 2-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report.
 
How does it work?
To use this revolutionary new app, students, parents or other school personnel can simply visit the  
Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District website and click on the “Anonymous Alerts” button or text link to submit a report expressing their concern. Anonymous Alerts® mobile applications can be downloaded directly from the Apple, Google Play or the Chrome stores. 

Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District supplies students a simple username and password activation code, making the app remarkably easy to use and students select which school the message should go to.  In addition, informational posters explaining how to use the app will be displayed throughout schools and offices in the district. 
 
To send reports from the Web/Internet go to: https://anonymousalerts.com/edinburgcisd/
  
To send a report from your phone: 
• Download the Anonymous Alerts® app for free from the Apple Store, Google Play store, or the Chrome store
• Start the App, enter Activation Codeedinburgcisd
• Send important reports to school officials
• Add a screenshot, photo or video about the incident 
In an emergency, always call 9-1-1!

Anonymous Alerts Overview Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPzPvZiktSA&feature=youtu.be
 
ABOUT
 
All kids involved in bullying—whether they are bullied, bully others, or see bullying—can be affected. It is important to support all kids involved to make sure the bullying doesn’t continue and effects can be minimized.

State law and school policy may have additional guidelines for defining bullying behavior.To determine if this is bullying or something else, consider the following questions:
  • What is the history between the kids involved? Have there been past conflicts?
  • Is there a power imbalance? Remember that a power imbalance is not limited to physical strength. It is sometimes not easily recognized. If the targeted child feels like there is a power imbalance, there probably is.
  • Has this happened before? Is the child worried it will happen again?
  • Have the kids dated? There are special responses for teen dating violence.
  • Are any of the kids involved with a gang? Gang violence has different interventions.
 
Remember that it may not matter “who started it.” Some kids who are bullied may be seen as annoying or provoking, but this does not excuse the bullying behavior.
THE LAW

  • TEC  Chapter 37 - Discipline: Law and Order
  • TEC  §25.0342 – Transfer of Victims of Bullying
  • TEC  §37.001 – Student Code of Conduct to Prohibit Bullying, Harassment, and Hit List Making
  • TEC  §37.0832 -  Bullying Prevention Policies and Procedures
  • TEC  §37.151 - Hazing
  • HB 1942 82nd Legislature – Bullying In Public Schools
  • Senate Bill 179:  David's Law

 
FOR STUDENTS
 
What You Should Know:
Bullying can affect everyone; those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and suicide.
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Kids who are bullied can experience a negative physical, school, and mental health issues. Kids who are bullied are more likely to experience:
  • Depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy. These issues may persist into adulthood.
  • Health complaints
  • Decreased academic achievement—GPA and standardized test scores—and school participation. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.
 
What Should You Do?
If you happen to be bullied or see bullying in action, here is what you can do:
  • Don't be the audience
  • Help the bullied get away
  • Tell an adult about the situation
  • Be a friend
 
Web Resources:
  •  Bullying Info - U.S. government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs.
  •  http://www.education.com/ - This site includes a list of peer-reviewed articles related to bullying.
 
 
 
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                                              National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you need to talk or are concerned about someone else, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  The toll-free lifeline is available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org 
                                                                               
                                                                                       Call  800-273-TALK (8255)
 
                                                                                       Text:  ANSWER to 839863
 
If you or someone you know is in a life-threatening situation, call 911 immediately. 
 
 
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The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.  If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgement-free place to talk, call the Trevor Life Line.  www.thetrevorproject.org 
 
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