Problem:School officials continue to struggle to remove bullying, drugs and other harmful activities from their schools. The big problem is students do not feel comfortable reaching out through traditional methods of reporting such instances. While phone tip lines have been used for years, this demographic prefers to communicate by text instead of by phone.
The Solution:Text2Them has developed an anonymous, two-way text tip platform that has opened the door to this hard to reach age group. By providing an anonymous, discrete and comfortable text messaging platform, Text2Them has found this age group loves to talk, but just not on a phone or others less comfortable methods of communication. They are ready to reach out and text incidents of bullying, drugs, suicide thoughts and other harmful activities.
Text BULLY to 71441
to report bullying
Text 2 Stop It - Case Study
In a pilot program in Queen Anne’s County Maryland:
3. Text 2 Stop It operators engage the tipster in a two-way text conversation to gather actionable information (names, dates, witnesses, pictures, etc.)
2. Students text a unique keyword, such as "BULLY", to anonymously report bullying and other harmful activities in their school.
1. Text 2 Stop Bullying is promoted throughout schools utilizing posters, cards and other materials.
After the initial pilot, the program was renewed with continue impressive results shown below.