Stymie reporting website for children uncovers self-harm clubs for year 8 students

Feb 18, 2018 by

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An anonymous website where children can report harmful behaviour is uncovering self-harm clubs, drug dealing, bullying and illegal activity at an increasing rate.

How Stymie works:

  • Students nationally submit an anonymous notification to Stymie every four minutes
  • Primary or high school students can submit a notification
  • The notification is sent directly to the school
  • Notifications are about bullying, illegal activity, self-harm or any issue of concern about their, or another’s, safety
  • Stymie is web-only. As an app it could compromise a student’s anonymity

Former Sunshine Coast teacher Rachel Downie started Stymie several years ago to provide a safe space for bystander children to speak up without fear.

After a school signs up to the program, students can anonymously upload screenshots from social media or messages via the Stymie website, and that notification is sent directly to the school.

“It’s a way that can cut through that social stigma of speaking up when something goes wrong because they are so worried about their social currency, even when they know things aren’t right,” Ms Downie said.

Ms Downie said the rate at which children were engaging with the site was alarming, with a notification submitted every four minutes, or about 2,000 per week.

The program was delivered to more than 75,000 students nationally in 2017, but in the past two weeks alone it had reached more than 18,000 students.

Ms Downie, who has been endorsed by the eSafety Commission, said the rate at which schools had taken up the program this year was unprecedented.


Source: Stymie reporting website for children uncovers self-harm clubs for year 8 students – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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