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Utah company creates anti-bully app

DRAPER, Utah (ABC 4 News) – PublicEngine based in Draper created an app called TipSubmit. It allows users to submit anonymous tips to local law enforcement and school leaders.
DRAPER, Utah (ABC 4 News) – PublicEngine based in Draper Utah created an app called TipSubmit.  It allows users to submit anonymous tips to local law enforcement and school leaders.

“It’s a great way for students to anonymously report bullying.  If they’re being bullies or someone they know is being bullied. Those kinds of situations need to be taken care of quickly,” said parent Todd Strelka.

Other parents have concerns about kids using apps for help.

“I’m torn. I’m not a fan of kids having technology in their hand…I’m just not a fan of junior high kids or elementary kids having access to the internet,” said parent Sasha Johnson.

There are a few setbacks. The application is only accepted in select districts: Gunnison, Brighton and Juab.

It’s also accepted at Murray High School and Mountain View High School.

The University of Utah, Utah State, Brigham Young University and Southern Utah University also accept the app.

Participating schools must pay a fee between of between hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars to set up a system to receive the tips.

This app is just one example of many coming online to stop bullying before it grows out of control.



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