Bully Buster Text-a-Tip Service Helps Schools Stop Bullying
LEESBURG, Va., Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — During Bullying Prevention Awareness Month in October, e2Campus announced it will be offering free one-year licenses of its bully buster service called “uTip” for the remainder of the calendar year. The uTip anti-bullying solution offers students an easy and discrete way to instantly alert school officials to bullying simply by sending an anonymous text message. It is the most effective way to gain real-time information from students about bullying. The service is free to all who use it, but standard text messaging charges may apply.
“If we can speak their language better, we can help them better,” said Principal Josh Chambers at Glenbard East High School located in the Chicago area. “It’s no surprise students prefer to ‘text’ rather than call, email, submit a web tip, or speak up personally. They carry their cell phones with them everywhere. Now if they see something, they can say something. It’s relevant. It’s discrete. And, it works fast.
“We know we will be able to help kids in ways we couldn’t before. We are very excited to be one of the first in the country to implement it.”
During this special promotion, e2Campus is offering a free one-year subscription to uTip if new schools sign up before December 31, 2011. Qualifying organizations must be public or private educational institutions located in the United States of America. Standard uTip pricing starts at 25-cents per student per year, plus a $995 annual platform fee. Larger schools can pay as little at 10-cents per student per year. Teachers, staff and parents are included at no extra fee.
About uTip – The Bully Buster
The uTip Bully Buster is the most effective way to gain on-the-spot information from students about bullying. The service is easy to set up and can be used instantly. uTip allows students to report tips confidentially, without fear of retaliation from other students. Almost all students have cell phones and texting capabilities, keeping it within their comfort zone. Students can text from anywhere at any time, 24/7, without the stress of speaking directly to a school administrator.
The uTip service works on any cell phone and does not require an app to use. First, each school visits a secure web site to create their own “mobile keyword” such as “tipwildcats”. Then the school promotes their keyword and short code 79516 to everyone at school, including parents. Students can add 79516 in their mobile phone book or contacts for quick reference. Once a tip is texted to the school, select officials are instantly notified of tips via text message or email. The service is so fast; officials can catch bullies in the act. To learn more, visit www.bully-buster.com.
Used by more than 800 schools around the country, e2Campus is the leading safety communication solution for education. The e2Campus 360 Safety Suite includes uAlert, uTip, uSafe, uConference, Hotline and the Multimodal Showcase. The award-winning flagship service, uAlert, is the first and most trusted unified emergency notification system in education. Higher education clients include large schools such as Arizona State, Penn State, and Cal Poly as well as hundreds of smaller schools with as few as 100 students. K12 clients include large school systems such as St. Tammany Parish Public School System to small private day schools. To learn more, visit www.e2Campus.com. Existing client administrators can discover online resources in a peer-driven community at www.e2Campus.org.
Omnilert, LLC develops intuitive communication technologies that keep communities safe and connected. The company’s flagship service is a Tier-1 unified mass notification system that enables a single person to communicate timely information to thousands of people anywhere, anytime, on any device or service. The award-winning company’s 6,000 clients include the U.S. Army, Bayer, Mazda, sanofi-aventis, Arizona State University, Penn State, Marine Corps Marathon, YMCA, American Red Cross, and UNICEF. Omnilert solutions are sold under the brand names e2Campus, Amerilert, and RainedOut. The privately held company is headquartered in Leesburg, Va., and at www.omnilert.com online.