Online reporting system to combat bullying
The online reporting feature of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Programme, recently launched in four of the island’s schools, has been fully implemented.
This is according to Donna Clarke, project manager of the Maria Holder Memorial Trust, which has sponsored the anti-bullying programme, which has been organized by Supreme Counselling For Personal Development.
Speaking during a Press conference at the Trents, St James headquarters of the trust, Clarke reported that one of the fundamental elements of the anti-bullying campaign was the Sprigeo Online Reporting System, which has been fully implemented at Frederick Smith, Lester Vaughan and Grantley Adams secondary schools, as well as Wesley Hall Infants.
Sprigeo is a full-featured reporting system that provides schools with reliable data, private record keeping and trend indicators for minimising bullying incidents and safety threats. It means that a student who is being bullied or knows of bullying-related incidences can safely report them using the system.
Clarke stressed that the feature maintains the privacy of student information and that reports would only be viewed by administrators at the schools who are trained to use the software.
“The all important factors are, unlike Facebook, text messaging or Blackberry broadcast messaging which can reach an entire student population, Sprigeo reports are viewable only by a school administrator, so a student making a report does not need to fear reprisal from doing so.
“This system minimises the chances one student has to falsely accuse or abuse another student,” she explained.
She also said that reports would remain logged in a password-protected online dashboard, accessible only by the trained administrators at each school; therefore, a student’s personal information would be protected and secured.
No two schools would be privy to each other’s reports and all incidences would be investigated, she assured.
Directly speaking to the issue of bullying, Clarke said that the Memorial Trust was aware of the increasing incidence of bullying in schools. As a result, the trustees and executive team were very passionate not only about sponsoring the much needed project but also working closely with Supreme Counselling and schools to help eradicate the very serious problem.
“We at the Maria Holder Memorial Trust, together with Supreme Counselling For Personal Development, strongly feel that with this new software students can report all incidences of bullying, knowing that their identities will be protected, confident that all reported incidences will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken as is deemed necessary,” she said.
Clarke encouraged all schools across the island to learn more about the software and its effectiveness as the continued effort was being made to stamp out bullying in schools.