Inspiration

Every day 100,000 kids miss school because they are afraid of being bullied and for good reason, an incident of bullying occurs every seven minutes in American Schools. Only 30% of children who are bullied report it to adults. The three leading reasons these children do not report are:

  1. They are embarrassed.
  2. They do not think an adult can stop the bullying.
  3. They think telling an adult will make the bullying worse.

Exbully allows real-time anonymous reporting that will:

  1. Make vulnerable children's lives safer.
  2. Enable previously bullied students to feel comfortable attending school.
  3. Create an environment where bullying is no longer a viable methodology for insecure students to express their anger.

How it works

The ExBully app operates in a 4-part process.

1) Victim: It provides students the ability to call/text for help when they are in immediate danger. 2) Bully: The bully can be identified and assessed for mental health services. 3) School System: It allows for the school administration to match the immediacy of their response based on the danger level of the threat presented.
4) Data Collection: It captures and tabulates threats in real-time so that school districts may use this data to strengthen their student safety goals, as well as addressing student mental and physical health issues.

Challenges I ran into

Creating a universal solution to to address the multi-layered bullying crisis: 1) Victim; 2) Perpetrator and 3) School System in real-time.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

Being able to complete a Minimal Viable Solution to ameliorate the bullying health issue

What I learned

The societal cost of bullying to the mental, physical and emotional well-being of youth - including the vast number of bullied youth who either turn to drugs and alcohol abuse, suicide, or becoming a bully themselves. Only by breaking the cycle of silence, will we be able to bring a halt to this epidemic sweeping American schools.

What's next for ExBully

To continue the research and development and seek broad-based adoption in school systems.

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