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VoiceAttend system for combating child bullying

VoiceAttend : 16 November, 2007  (New Product)
Automatic truancy alert system now includes anonymous reporting option for reporting bullying incidents.
As technology is made available to all, victims are even more vulnerable. A school communication product offers an easy way for pupils to report their experiences.

Due to the advances made in technology, the problem of bullying is on the increase, especially 'cyber-bullying'. The internet and mobile phones are now tools for bullies to use to target their victims 24/7. It is now more important than ever to give victims a way to report incidents without compromising their safety further. Victims can use technology to beat bullies at their own game.

VoiceAttend, a unique, affordable and easy to use automatic parent alert system for schools, was officially launched earlier this year and specialises in helping education establishments combat the two high profile problems of bullying and truancy. As well as automatically informing parents when pupils are absent from school without authorisation, VoiceAttend also provides a dedicated phone line through which pupils can anonymously report incidents of bullying, safe in the knowledge that they cannot be traced. The pupil calls a number to report an incident (which they can do from any phone, including a public phone) and the system then distorts their voice, making it unrecognisable.

Adrian Auld, CEO Voice Services, says: "Bullying is a very real problem in our schools today, and the first step to dealing with it is for individual schools to understand that it is happening. With the VoiceAttend product, victims of bullying can leave an anonymous message at any time, 24/7, without peer pressure. The product is easy to demonstrate, for instance in an assembly. Not only does it encourage children who are being bullied but also children who have witnessed something to come forward and tell someone".

The NSPCC (printed in November 2007), is calling on teachers, parents, and other adults to be alert to signs that children who started a new school this year may be suffering bullying, and to involve them in coming up with solutions.

VoiceAttend has been trialled in London schools throughout the past year, and it was installed in schools in London, Bristol, Leicester, Basingstoke and Surrey in the summer holidays of this year.

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