Feb 28, 2020
Social media changed society and continues to mold it, often in negative ways. Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and other sites can be platforms for hate and cyberbullying.
So what if kids could only use social media for positive interactions? That’s what a new anti-bullying program called Bridg-it is trying to create. It’s an interactive, app-based system that encourages kids to support one another by sending what they call “shoutouts” which can be seen on monitors around any given school.
Dec 01, 2019
Imagine what the world would be like if student users of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok and Snap Chat could post only positive messages that were complimentary and kind to those in their community
Nov 04, 2019
When students are bullied by classmates in the environment where they spend the most time, it can cause academic, social and emotional failure; some students have even taken their own lives. Tackling this issue head-on is BridgIt, a positivity app built for schools
Nov 03, 2019
When I first started my journey into building safety and wellness tools to better protect students from bullying and cyberbullying, my goal was to empower students to always feel safe and secure at school. When children feel safe at school, they are willing to take more risks and subsequently learn more and faster. I continue to believe that almost every bully was once a victim of bullying. Bullying and cyberbullying are learned behaviors; they are behaviors we either model from others or learn from our personal experiences of being bullied.
Sep 11, 2019
In the United States, as well as other parts of the world the number of individuals who feel they are alone and left out is reaching staggering numbers. Loneliness touches the lives of teenagers to older adults. A recent study found as much as 47% of Americans frequently find themselves feeling alone. In countries like Japan, the estimated is that half a million individuals shut themselves away for months at a time. In the United Kingdom, chronic and profound feelings of loneliness are experienced by 4 out of ten people. The United Kingdom recognizing the seriousness of this epidemic created a new Cabinet position called the “Minister for Loneliness.”
Jun 28, 2019
When I first started my journey into building safety and wellness tools to better protect students from bullying and cyberbullying, my goal was to empower students to always feel safe and secure at school. When children feel safe at school, they are willing to take more risk and subsequently they learn more and they learn faster.
May 31, 2019
Below is our Bridg-it newsletter. Throughout the year, we will use this newsletter to highlight different topics, organizations, and individuals that promote the power of positive communication and kindness. We will also review restorative social and emotional learning materials from the Bridg-it Resource Center that are designed to support and connect our students.
May 27, 2019
"If you are defamed online, Google’s CEO will swiftly clean up the mess and come to your house with a comforting puppy. In Randyland. Here on earth, Ervine’s experience was different and led him to devise ways to fight cyberbullying."
May 17, 2019
This is our Bridg-it newsletter. Throughout the year, we will use this newsletter to highlight different topics, organizations, and individuals that promote the power of positive communication and kindness. We will also review restorative social and emotional learning materials from the Bridg-it Resource Center that are designed to support and connect our students.
Apr 01, 2019
The latest school to roll out Bridgit's powerful school climate improvement tools is Orange Brook Elementary in Florida. We are so excited to see the levels of positive engagement they have created so quickly.
Mar 22, 2019
The Bridgit team had an amazing experience bringing social media entrepreneur Josh Ochs of Smart Social to one of our Bridgit schools.
Josh joined Bridgit founder and CEO Jeff Ervine at a middle school in Brooklyn, NY, to talk with students about the importance of maintaining safety and positivity while interacting online. Both the students and faculty had a wonderful time, and we hope to be able to bring seminars like this one to more schools throughout the country.
Feb 15, 2019
“Bridg-it’s solution helps magnify the viewpoint of the school, as now the authorities have the eyes of the community to detect and address any incidents,”
Feb 04, 2019
WPIX's Mr. G explores the implementation and impact of Bridgit at one of our flagship schools, IS 228 in Brooklyn
Jan 18, 2019
“We need a Board of Advisors composed of very special people; that is, they MUST BELIEVE AS WE DO that not only our middle school but any school can progress faster and more expediently through their consistent use of the electronic platform, climate, and culture tools we have found in Bridgit." - Teacher, Brooklyn middle school
Jan 17, 2019
Perhaps unwittingly, school officials across the country, albeit with the best of intentions are performing lockdown drills in their schools that act as harmful triggers, causing significant psychological fear and trauma in students both during and after the lockdown drill has taken place.
Jan 16, 2019
Sixth grade students from IS228 - David A. Boody design posters to push forward their school's anti-bullying initiatives.
Jan 08, 2019
A Brooklyn middle school puts culture at the forefront of creating a safe and supportive learning environment for all students. Through the implementation of Bridgit, students and staff are empowered to create their own culture of patience, understanding, love and support.
Dec 05, 2018
Partnership - National: Bridgit Leadership - Jeff Ervine, CEO and Ian Ehrenberg, CRO/COO - recently attended the CSBA Annual Education Conference in San Francisco, CA, November 28-30, to connect with leaders who are pushing forward solutions to create safe, positive and strong learning environments.
Dec 05, 2018
Partnership - National: Bridgit is expanding into school districts across the country, providing more students and educators with the tools to proactively shift school culture. Our newest partner organization, the Florida Charter School Alliance (FCSA), is guiding the charter school community in advancing the quality of learning environments and passionately pursuing its mission to improve student achievement.
Dec 03, 2018
Bridgit Founder and CEO Jeff Ervine appeared on the Smart Social podcast to discuss protecting your identity and reputation online
Dec 03, 2018
Approximately 5.4 million students skip school each year due to cyberbullying and bullying. As leaders, educators and parents we must take the responsibility of ensuring that future generations are taught to embrace the philosophy and practices of the dialogue and positive communication both on- and offline. Only then will we see school culture shift for the better.
Nov 20, 2018
In today’s world, to effectively provide safe learning environments and create caring school cultures we need to leverage the power of social communication technology and combine it with school leaders who understand how to engage. In doing so, positive cultural shifts become possible.
Nov 19, 2018
It is deplorable for anyone who advocates for children to hear that an eighth grader in the Los Angeles area was recently assaulted and bullied in a boys bathroom in their middle school by 3 classmates. It is even worse to learn that this victim was treated in this violent way because he refused to buy a vape from his bullies. Video taken by other classmates confirms that the victim has been attacked a total of 3 times. Is it any mystery that he and his parents are now suing their Palo Verde School District?
Nov 16, 2018
Safety and wellness issues in American schools have reached epidemic proportions and American education is suffering. It is up to school leaders to be architects of a new and improved school culture.
Oct 23, 2018
New chapters need to be written for school safety handbooks, everywhere. Students need to be able to avoid public indictment, both now and in their futures, or risk suffering the constant threat of permanent exclusion, prejudice and myriad threats created by today’s media and social media.
Oct 09, 2018
Disciplinary policies in schools determine how the administration should respond to incidents, usually behavioral, among students and teachers – and they are in no way unanimous across the country. But, if we’re really going to put students first, and we should given they’re the future of our country, then schools across the board should seriously consider adopting a restorative approach to discipline.
Sep 17, 2018
Chicago Public Schools takes the first step toward controlling social media and digital communication between students and school employees.
Sep 07, 2018
Many studies indicate that students are now using the primary communication and information tool of the day, their mobile phone, to explore what sex is and their own sexuality. And they are doing so on their own without sufficient context and or guidance.
Aug 30, 2018
Students and parents are told anonymous reporting is the best way to allow students to safely communicate when they are being bullied or feel threatened at school because creating anonymous reporting removes the threat of retaliation. But is this the real reason or is something else driving the acceptance of ineffective anonymous reporting?
Jun 22, 2018
As an American educator of secondary and college students for the past 43 years, I would like to know where the responsible adults— school personnel, parents, police, politicians, et. al—for our nation’s youth are hiding. Our country has become beleaguered with a staggering number of mass school shootings over the past several years, and no one is taking a firm enough stand on what to do proactively to curb these atrocities.
May 30, 2018
Bridgit CEO Jeff Ervine on how the company's app help's combat bullying and it's Enough app allows users to document incidents of sexual misconduct.
Jan 31, 2018
Dr. Michael Gillespie, Chief Academic Officer of Bridgit, sheds light on the necessity of the technology and its purpose.
Jan 20, 2018
We Said Enough, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating discrimination, sexual harassment, and assault in the work place, are launching an app based off of Bridgit.
May 12, 2017
ABC 7 writes about Bridgit, describing its local roots and explaining the significance of the technology.
Sep 12, 2015
Jeff Ervine, founder and president of Bridgit, and Dominic D'Angelo, principle of I.S. 228 David A. Boody Junior High School in Brooklyn discuss the launch of Bridgit.
Apr 06, 2015
David Boody I.S. 228 in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn is among the first few schools to implement the use of Bridgit.
Apr 01, 2015
Tech & Learning shares the news of the launch of Bridgit School.
Apr 01, 2015
eSchool News, a Daily Tech News website, discusses the importance of the launch of Bridgit School.
Mar 31, 2015
Education Dive provides a brief of Bridgit and some insight into how bullying must not be ignored.
Mar 31, 2015
The unveiling of Bridgit School: an online and mobile solution that streamlines how schools report, review and resolve bullying and harmful situations for more positive outcomes and safer school communities.
Nov 24, 2014
Brooklyn Middle School, David A. Boody I.S. 228, furthers its war on bullying with the new app, Bridgit.
May 08, 2014
Brooklyn public school Intermediate School 228 will be the first to pilot the new bullying prevention software Bridgit.