Todd Schobel heard about the tragic suicide of a young girl who committed suicide after being bullied and decided that he was going to do something about it.
He created STOPit, an app to help kids protect themselves from bullying, especially cyber bullying.
Todd explains, “There are countless online platforms that give children the opportunity to hide behind their smart phones and computers to victimize others.”
“My goal is to empower children with an outlet in which they feel safe to stop it. Children will go so far as to take their own lives when dealing with the emotional consequences of cyberbullying and I want to put an end to it,” he concludes.
On Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 5:00 Eastern, Todd will join me here for a live discussion about how STOPit will stop it! Tune in here then to watch the live interview.
More about STOPit:
Launched in December of 2013, STOPit is the first app of its kind that puts the power in the hands of cyber savvy kids to take a stand against cyberbullying and stomp out this devastating epidemic. With mobile devices being the #1 most used instrument of harassment, soon the very devices used to commit cyberbullying may be the ones to stop it. Offering protection for kids and peace of mind for parents, STOPit is easily installed on Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android smart phones.
Not long ago I heard a radio interview about a young girl who was viciously bullied, primarily through social media posts. She committed suicide.
As I listened, my heart stopped beating for what felt like an eternity. I couldn’t breathe. Tears flowed, and my life has never been the same. This should never happen to children, and I had to help. The idea for STOPit was born.
Days later I framed out the four buttons STOPit, HELPit, FRIENDit and REPORTit. I began to invest time, effort and energy to see what resources were available for the kids to make a difference. I found nothing like STOPit so I dove in head first.
Fully committed to the cause, I began researching. I was determined to be part of the cyberbullying solution; to find out everything I could about how it happens, what drives it—and how I can help students stand tall against it.
Now with a vision purely driven by passion I assembled an amazing team.
With countless hours invested, together we made STOPit a reality
Awake your passion and join us!
“I believe as many of us do that children shape the future and it’s the children that will make the difference.” —Todd Schobel