BAKERSFIELD - Seven schools around Kern County are piloting a new phone app that could help curb bullying at schools.
The app allows selected students to electronically report incidents of bullying that they have seen and intervened in around campus.
The pilot period started last month and is being using by student ambassadors that are already a part of the Safe School Ambassadors program. Each of these students are mentored on how and what types of situations they should be reporting.
“I think it’s more effective for kids to listen to kids, because you know you’re listening to your friends,” said Rachel Hampton, a student ambassador at Rosedale Middle School.
Rachel has already reported a few incidents through the system and explained it’s been useful tracking how she intervene in different bullying-type situations.
“I had a situations between my two good friends,” explained Rachel, who is in 8th grade. “They’re still not talking to each other but at least I stopped the name calling.”
The program, which is collaborative effort between Community Matters and Sprigeo, is being tested at Bakersfield High School, Golden Valley High School, Greenfield Middle School, Lincoln Junior High, Rosedale Middle School, Taft High School and Tehachapi High School. These schools are the national pilot sites for this project.
Rosedale has 50 School Safety Ambassadors and just over 700 students.
“The kids relate to each other much more than they would to us,” said Barbara Hashim, 8th grade science teacher who works closely with the school ambassadors.
Districts committed to support the pilot project through May at which time feedback will be analyzed and used to make adaptions in the app design so that it may be improved and eventually be used in some or all of the more than 1,500 SSA public and private school sites across 32 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and Canada.
Like Lesley Marin’s Facebook page here: facebook.com/LesleyMarin23ABC .
KCSO: Senior helps woman in NW fight off stalker
A woman in the northwest is safe this weekend after an elderly neighbor helped her fend off an alleged stalker by shooting him in the foot,…
BPD: SWAT team arrests 1 man after shooting
A man who police say is the person behind an overnight shooting in Central Bakersfield is sitting in jail Saturday night, according to a…
KCSO arrest robbery suspect, seize meth & heroin
KCSO Gang Unit deputies arrested a robbery suspect and seized meth and heroin from his home in East Bakersfield Friday night, according to…
Delano PD: Man dies after gettin shot in Delano
A man is dead Saturday after getting shot in Delano by a suspect who is still on the loose, according to Sergeant Ryan Wilson of the Delano…