De Pere students create app to report bullying

depere_bullying_app at De Pere Middle School need your help to win a national competition.

They have created the concept for an app that could curb bullying and reward kids for helping out.

“We had like 5 good ideas but we were still looking for that one great idea so we decided to do the Pass It On app” explains student Annika kennerhed.

The app idea allows students to report bullying or good deeds with a few simple clicks.

“Really as a middle school it is time for them to take accountability for their own actions, but compliment and reward others for what they are doing” says Heather Wright, Computer Literacy Teacher for De Pere Middle School.

Students say the app is a great way to report without being labeled a tattle tale. “If someone overheard you talking to an adult or whatever they would think you are a bad person, you tell on everyone” says student Amelia Sment.

The Pass It On app was created by a team of seven De Pere Middle School students. They submitted it to the Verizon innovative app challenge.

“Best in state got us $5.000 for stem to be used at the school. Each kid got a Verizon 10 tablet, so they were mostly excited about that” Wright explains.

After winning best in region, the students are now competing against schools across the nation to become the fan favorite.  Sment says “I was really overwhelmed because I did not know we would get this far”.

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