ISTE 2018 Preview: Apps Like FightSong Are The Beginning To The End Of School Shootings
It may seem like every time we, as Americans or we as people in the world of education, start to overcome the lasting effects of a horrific school shooting, the next one comes up. For instance, as students at Stoneman Douglas were beginning to get back to whatever semblance of normalcy they could, the school shooting in Santa Fe happened, and it’s a horrible feeling. It’s a horrible fact to know that as Americans we have had more school shootings and more children die at the hands of an active shooter than every other country in the world, combined. Let that sink in for just a moment.
When we start to learn about the shooters themselves we learn that most of them were bullied and in some cases were bullies themselves. We talk about how these things could have been prevented.
Being the victim of bullying is the hardest thing in the world for a student. They’re dealing with the pain, shame and feelings of being bullied and the intense fear that comes with being a “tattle tale”. Rather than report the bullying or standing up to the bullying they keep it inside. This is fueled by the fear of retaliation or more bullying. The feelings inside the victim of bullying continue to grow and continue to get pushed back in their mind, over and over again until they reach a breaking point. In the most extreme cases that breaking point involves reaching for a gun or a weapon to harm themselves or others.
A Wichita Kansas edtech startup has created an app designed to help those students and those victims or others around them, report bullying.
Now we’re not going to say that FightSong by TwoTrees is the first bullying reporting app out there but this group has taken bullying and really looked at it from the eyes of the student. They’ve anonymized the platform and made it very user friendly for students aged 12-18, those students in middle and high school that are experiencing bullying or see it around them.
With FightSong, students can begin to take back their lives and help take back the lives of other from the bully to the bullied. The bullys may not see it now but they much rather have an intervention at the middle or high school level and get put back on the right path rather than being carried out of a school in a stretcher, gunned down by police or spending the rest of their lives in jail.
With FightSong students take back their lives by
- Being anonymous
- Sending messages
- Attaching photos
- Attaching videos
- Uploading resources or screenshots
- Notifying administrators anonymously
Administrators, educators and teachers love FightSong because they can get a view of an entire situation and deal with it before it escalates to something far worse. FightSong brings “If you see something, say something” to the hands of middle and high school students and it’s definitely needed.
FightSong is debuting in the AT&T EdTech Startup Pavilion at ISTE 2018 in Chicago, June 24-28th, booth #1644 you can also stay up to date by bookmarking fightsong.com