Antibullying Platform Now Offered to Millions of Students Through Great American Insurance Group
Only Mobile App Enabling School Administrators to Follow Up Anonymously With Students Who Report Harassment
CINCINNATI -- February 9, 2016 -- STOPit, the only mobile platform that empowers students to anonymously report, prevent and provide follow up information about cyber-abuse and harassment, announced today that Great American Insurance Group will help to make this essential protection from cyberbullying available to over 11 million students at thousands of schools across the country.
As the only reporting platform that allows school administrators to conduct anonymous two-way dialogue with students in order to obtain additional information and follow-up on incidents, STOPit has experienced 148% growth in subscribers since September 2015.
With the click of a button in the STOPit app, students can anonymously share incidents of cyber-abuse with school administrators in real time – along with photographs, screenshots or other documentary evidence that may be relevant. When reports are filed, school administrators are notified immediately so that they can address the issue and, when necessary, anonymously gather more information from the person who reported the incident.
STOPit is proven to deter misconduct in schools nationwide by empowering witnesses to report harassment and reduce documented incidents by as much as 50% the first year the platform is implemented. The mere existence of STOPit in a school community immediately forces bullies to think twice before posting.
Through the new strategic collaboration with Great American Insurance Group, STOPit will be offered at preferential pricing to more than 20% of K-12 public school students nationwide. STOPit will be a key component of Great American’s comprehensive risk management program developed to help make schools across America safer.
“We’re honored to join forces with Great American Insurance Group to protect students from inappropriate behaviors both online and offline and to provide schools with `smart' tools to mitigate liability in potential lawsuits. Cyberbullying is a global plague. It’s time for a big shot of penicillin,” said Todd Schobel, Founder and CEO of STOPit.
“It has been great to team up with the people from STOPit and to help deliver their product to our school customers across the country,” said Scott Rohr, Public Sector Division President, Great American Insurance Group. “STOPit is passionate about making a positive difference in our schools and communities. More importantly, they are empowering students and teachers to stand up against cyberbullying and other inappropriate behavior.”
“The STOPit team works closely with school administrators and board of education members to understand why schools struggle with cyberbullying and how insurance companies like Great American Insurance Group can help reduce risk for these educational institutions,” said Brian Luciani, principal of David Brearley Middle-High School. “We sometimes feel left out in the open when dealing with bullying issues, specifically around social media. It’s important for other insurance companies to follow Great American’s lead and start recognizing how big of an epidemic this has become.”
For more information on STOPit please visitSTOPitcyberbully.com.
About Great American Insurance Group
Great American Insurance Group’s roots go back to 1872 with the founding of its flagship company, Great American Insurance Company, which has received an “A” (Excellent) or higher rating from the A.M. Best Company for over 100 years (most recent rating evaluation of “A+” (Superior) affirmed on March 20, 2015). Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the operations of Great American Insurance Group are engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance, focusing on specialty commercial products for businesses, and in the sale of traditional fixed and fixed-indexed annuities in the retail, financial institutions and education markets. The members of Great American Insurance Group are subsidiaries of American Financial Group, Inc. (AFG), also based in Cincinnati, Ohio. AFG’s common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFG.
STOPit is an award-winning technology company providing a fully anonymous communications platform that mitigates, deters and controls inappropriate conduct. STOPit’s frictionless reporting platform combines real-time reporting and real-time messaging. The STOPit app includes a robust incident management system, empowers administrators and management to get in front of issues to mitigate risk and adhere to the ever-evolving compliance landscape. The STOPit platform is available to schools, universities, businesses and governments in the United States and around the world.
Great American Insurance Group
Diane P. Weidner, 513-369-5713
Alex Dorer, 212-319-3451, ext. 641