Round Rock ISD battles bullying with anonymous app

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Students in Round Rock can use what’s probably already in their pocket — a cellphone — to battle bullying in their hallways. Round Rock Independent School District officials have launched the Anonymous Alerts® program at its middle and high school campuses in an effort to empower students to report bullying, threats, weapons and drug-related activity at school. All reports are completely anonymous and will be sent directly to school officials. Students also have the option to reveal their identity during the process to have a person-to-person discussion.

Students can get to the service using the Anonymous Alerts® app, which can be found in the Apple App Store and Google Play. A two-way text message between the student and school official can be accessed within the app to have a private, encrypted conversation.

“Message topics may include bullying, cyber-bullying, family difficulties, self-harm, cutting, drug and alcohol abuse, student depression, harassment, weapon-related issues or abnormal student behavior,” say school officials. “Anonymous Alerts® is not a 24-hour crisis hotline and will only be monitored during school days and school hours.”

To submit a report, the student must select a school building and a person to contact, then select the incident and explain what happened. Students also have the option to add a photo or screenshot to the incident report.

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