• Ke'Miyah Smith

App helps users send 'alerts,' receive help

Anonymous Alert is an app that helps students who are scared to come up to teachers and tell them about the bullying and other problems that are happening to them at school or anywhere else that bullying occurs. They can use to the app to help them solve their problems.

"Anti-bullying campaigns are increasing across the nation. These are bringing to light the scale and impact of harassment in schools. Wrangell Public Schools just rolled out an app to help address that issue," according to Alaska Public Media.

The app was first launched in the Dobbs Ferry school district in New York in 2013. The company that owns the app claims more than 5,000 schools are now using the app, and grants and school insurance are paying for the service.

Riley Hall, behavioral health clinician at Alaska Island Community Services, spends ten hours a week at the middle and high schools offering counseling. Almost a quarter of high school students in Alaska say they were bullied at school in the past year. The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium conducted it's own survey within Wrangell Public Schools.

Anonymous Alert isn’t just for bullying; it is also known to assist with other issues such as drug abuse, depression, harassment, problems with family, and self-abuse. If you or someone you know needs such help, Anonymous Alert mobile app is available for free to download from the Apple Store, Google play, and the Chrome store.

"Never be bullied into silence. never allow yourself to be made a victim. accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself."

"Anonymous Alerts is an actual tool that can be used to save lives. I think Anonymous Alerts is something that will be longstanding at GHS and something that will have benefits, no matter who the students are." -Blake Reinken, Student Government President, Greenwich High School, Connecticut