Support Educators, Empower Students
#ICANHELP started when a student made a fake social media page about a teacher. The page gained over 1000 followers and was the center of school drama for two weeks. Finally, at the end of that two weeks, a student turned in the person who made the page and it was taken down.
A year later, a different student made another fake page about the same teacher. This time, the page had zero followers and we had over 30 students go online and comment in support of the teacher. In working with the students, they knew how to respond to online negativity.
As educators, we experienced the rapid increase in social media use and the stress and anxiety that negative online behavior puts on school cultures.
We wanted to empower teens with a common sense approach and not just protect them.
To date, #ICANHELP has worked with students to take down over 800 pages dealing with harassment, impersonation, bullying, and more. We work closely with schools in training students on how to respond to cyber issues.