Students at 10 Valley schools are using a new mobile app called BullyRAADR as a safe place to report school issues such as bullying or threats. The app (available for Apple and Android devices) is used by students in conjunction with school administrators to monitor and alert staff to problems on campus — from bullying to drugs, gangs, weapons or suicide concerns — or even to report positive things with the hashtag #caughtyoubeinggood.
The app is typically introduced to students and staff by motivational speakers and slam-dunk basketball performers Gary Smith and Kenny Dobbs of the Dare2Dream Foundation. Smith and Dobbs are co-founders of the app with Jacob DiMartino, CEO of RAADR, a Phoenix-based a technology and software development company that monitors cyberbullying and social media.
“Once our platform is implemented by the staff, students can then download the BullyRAADR app for free and begin acting as the eyes and ears on campus,” Dobbs said, adding at their high-energy school assembly at Arizona Charter Academy in Surprise, he and Smith challenged the students and staff to join together with the mission of creating a “#NoBullyDistrict.”
Schools interested in booking an anti-bullying school assembly or want to know more about the app can contact Dobbs at 602-710-8242 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Dobbs says the app costs schools $499 per year but comes with Dave & Buster fundraising opportunities that can potentially cover a school’s costs. bullyraadr.com