How to Improve Anonymous Tip Lines in Schools

Anonymous tip lines, despite their limitations, are the only measures many schools have in place to support and protect their students. Let’s look at how to improve anonymous tip lines.

Add Counselor/Student Messenger for Long Term Student Support
Tiplines only allow students to report incidents but gives them no way to continue a conversation about the incidents. Adding counselor messaging to anonymous tip lines allows students to ask for help before incidents in a way that’s comfortable for them.

Reduce Paperwork, Use a Counselor/Student Messenger
Many public schools still use a paper-based system of reporting in school counselors offices. A platform based messenger workflow reduces paperwork, giving counselors and administrators more time for more effective connections with students. Adding a messenger saves counselors and students time– especially one with automated follow ups customizable per incident type. Also, be sure the Counselor/Student Messenger your school chooses has a Do Not Disturb function for weekends and holidays.

Get Analytics, Track Growth
Something missing from most anonymous tip lines is in analytics reporting. Reporting apps with analytics allow administrators to track the health of their school communities and strategically plan. Without a way to measure how you’re doing, how do you know the intervention your school has onboarded is working?
Add an Anti-Bullying Curriculum
Without the curriculum to reduce bullying in schools, anonymous tip lines are relegated to being a reactive effort rather than a proactive solution. Adding an authentic and relatable curriculum through posters, school programs, social media and in-app resources to tip lines are great places to start to prevent incidents from ever happening.

Counselor/Student Messenger + Curriculum
A well-planned curriculum in addition to a Student/Counselor Messenger creates a supportive environment that feels safe for the student, helping to prevent incidents in the first place.

Add Geolocations to Anonymous Reports
With geolocations, students are still able to respond without their names. However, when the report calls for it, reporting apps for schools with geolocations required can help students get the help they need in the event of an active shooter or other violent situations.

Training Staff on App and Curriculum
Onboarding any new app requires training to encourage adoption. Ensure the training loops in the curriculum to help teachers frame best practices of the product for the students.

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