Bullying is a commonly dismissed issue within educational institutions and society. However, over 160,000 students in the United States alone miss school everyday due to bullying.
OutBully is an anonymous reporting app that partners with faculty and uses student ID to follow up on incident reports in real time. Each account that is created with OutBully is encrypted and contains a random sequence of numbers generated to represent each user. This enables the user to report incidents of bullying securely and reduces the number of false reports as each report that will be sent will have the user’s student ID number and account number attached to the report. No longer should a child not feel welcome on their campus, and with real time reporting, officials can receive anonymous witness statements to prevent further dismissal of this pressing issue.
I, along with fellow founders Tristan Wiley and Sienna Pagett, am aiming to make schools a safer place for people to learn and grow without fear. With OutBully, we seek to give every student from every corner of the earth a voice, a chance for students to stand up and be themselves. A voice that will allow each and every student to stand up and be heard, not just by teachers and administrators but by people in their district that deeply care and want to help stop bullying.
OutBully is planning to launch this summer in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands in certain schools, including high schools, private schools, universities, and colleges. We are also planning a global release this fall just before the start of the 2016 school year.
At OutBully, we focus on helping students who are being bullied and stand up for students who don’t have the power to by themself. We get in contact with the school board and local authorities to bring a case of bullying to the front line if the bullying persists and make sure that we do everything we can to prevent bullying from occurring.
How We thought of the idea of OutBully
I grew up in a small town in Alberta, Canada, and junior high was when I started to get bullied just for being different and for being interested in other things. You could say I was never understood. I was picked on almost everyday. Later on, things didn’t get better as I entered high school. I tried to fit in and I made new friends but the old kids I knew back from Junior high would still find the time to come and bother me or bully me, no matter where I was. I ended up changing schools in my senior year because I couldn’t handle it anymore. One day, I was walking to class and over heard someone talking about being bullied and not wanting to report it because they were worried that they would get caught and it would get worse. That is when I thought of the idea of OutBully.
Things for me have since gotten better but that doesn’t change the fact that thousands of students around North America are being bullied every single day. Many of these students turn to negative and harmful choices that ultimately don’t solve the problem. OutBully started out as a small movement to get other students involved in actively reporting bullying in their school. Now, OutBully plans to launch in several countries and allow thousands of students to be able to actively report bullying. Each founder of OutBully has gone through bullying in their life and we all came together to form a movement that would not only help reduce bullying but help stop it completely in as many schools and places as possible.
Our founders are Jaxon Stevens, Tristan Wiley and Sienna Pagett. All of the founding members of OutBully are dedicated to bringing OutBully to every school in North America and beyond.
My name is Tristan Wiley and I am an entrepreneur and developer in my senior year of high school. I first got interested in programming when I was 10 and my interest has developed further over the years. I started making mobile apps in 2014 and have been learning non-stop since. I hope to make a difference in the world by working hard everyday to create new and improved technology and apps that help solve problems in our world.
My goal in life is to learn as much as I can from other people, and to make a positive influence in the world with the work that I pursue.
- COO of Impact Design Company 2014 – July 2015
- CEO of Impact Design Company July 2015 – Present
- Hugh O’ Brian Youth Leadership Junior Staff and Operations 2013 – 2015
- Nordstrom BP Intern 2013 – Present
- Chief Communications Officer TiwiTalk 2015 – Present
- Head of PR LyfeCycle 2015 – Present
Jaxon Stevens is a Canadian computer programmer, Internet entrepreneur and graphic designer born in Calgary Alberta, Canada. He is the CEO of Lemona Software LLC and a co-founder of the popular iOS game Seedlings. He is also a co-founder of OutBully America, the mobile bullying reporting platform for students in North America. Jaxon Stevens has been a Apple WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference) scholar twice in a row in 2014 and 2015. He is dedicated to creating change in education and by co-founding OutBully. He intends to help reduce bullying throughout the globe.