Blackboard to Offer Anti-bullying Texting Service for K-12 Schools

images.jpgBlackboard has announced the launch of TipTxt, a two-way free-of-charge texting service that allows students to confidentially notify school officials of activity related to bullying or school safety. The service can be made available to every public, private, and parochial K-12 school in the United States. Blackboard has invited the National Parent Teacher Association (National PTA) to reach out to its wide network of parents and teachers and promote the initiative.

Bullying in schools has been a major issue for the American educational system, as most children feel intimidated about reporting abuse by their peers. Dr. Lisa Andrejko, Superintendent of Schools for Quakertown Community School District, one of the first districts to pilot the service explains:
Some students tend to not be as comfortable with face-to-face and text is how they communicate. Using technology to report situations and alert school officials without having to be in their presence or be seen is a very effective means of communication and helpful in anti-bullying efforts. With TipTxt, we can help students report bullying without fear of retaliation.

Blackboard will be offering implementation and support services to interested schools. The only cost that schools need to consider is an annual $125 fee to enable the service.
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