• Middle school teacher tackles bullying with software program

    Date: 11.11.11 | by Judge Tom.

    We recently came across a software program designed to protect victims and bystanders from ongoing bullying. Created by middle school teacher, Joe Bruzzese* of California, Sprigeo provides 24/7 anonymous reporting with no fear of retaliation.

    Bullies use intimidation and threats of continued violence to keep their victims from reporting. Bruzzese’s program allows a student to file a report from the Sprigeo homepage, or by connecting to Sprigeo from their school’s website or any internet-enabled device. The report is forwarded directly to the principal’s email without identifying the reporter if not disclosed.

    Sprigeo maintains it’s own database of reports with features to tract and document bullying and safety incidents. The program is being used by schools in nine states with others considering its use.

    As Bruzzese states “Doesn’t logic dictate that if you don’t feel safe, you are not prepared to learn?” Over 100,000 students skip school every day out of fear of being bullied. Sprigeo and other bullying prevention programs will assist in this global epidemic.

    *Joe Bruzzese is the author of “A Parents’ Guide to the Middle School Years” and hosts a regular show on Blog Talk Radio. Learn more at Joe’s site the Middle School Years.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • Tulsa Divorce Lawyers
      Fri, 11 Nov 2011 at 10:58

      Bullying has become such a pervasive problem that it now requires creative measures in order to combat. I think Bruzzese’s idea is a step in the right direction.

    • Askthejudge.info
      Sat, 12 Nov 2011 at 12:37

      New blog post: Middle school teacher tackles bullying with software program http://t.co/Anb6e2FF

    • Askthejudge.info
      Sat, 12 Nov 2011 at 01:35

      Check out @sprigeo software program that allows students to anonymously report incidents of #bullying: http://t.co/WhjEpMB5

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