Recently, a Year 6 pupil in a Manchester based Primary School used tootoot to get in touch with a member of staff to seek support as she had been having suicidal thoughts. At a time when at least half of suicides amongst young people relate to bullying, and half of the people bullied in the past year have never told anyone due to fear, embarrassment or lack of faith in existing support systems (Ditch the Label’s annual survey 2017), it is more important than ever that we address the problem of bullying and cyberbullying in our schools, colleges and universities.
Safeguarding in schools is fundamental to protecting students’ wellbeing and attainment. When bullying or mental health issues go unresolved, students are increasingly turning to self-harm.
Schools no longer have to rely on traditional forms of support. There are a number of tech companies who are able to provide innovative ways for students to report and discuss the issues that are concerning them. For example, tootoot allows students to connect with teachers discreetly and quickly via our app, giving thousands of vulnerable children a platform to share their concerns and eradicating the fear that they will be exposed for speaking out.
Tootoot helped the school to react quickly, arranging daily meetings with her, bringing in her parents and organising for her to have play therapy. The school have since seen a massive improvement in the pupil’s emotional wellbeing, allowing her to focus on learning.
Protecting students’ mental health and wellbeing is integral to their educational success, and thanks to the mounting support from tech companies, schools can now effectively safeguard their pupils with the touch of button.
A voice for your students
Tootoot gives students a safe voice to be able to report incidents of bullying, cyberbullying, racism, extremism, radicalisation, sexism, mental health and self-harm directly to their place of learning. Tootoot gives students an alternative way to disclose their concerns when they are unable to do so face-to-face.