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Cabell schools starts messenger service

Apr. 28, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Cabell County Schools has started a new anonymous, electronic communication service that allows middle and high school students to online messages to trusted staff members when a threat or concern warrants attention.

"Talk About It" allows students to use phones or computers to reach out with problems like bullying, cyber bullying, threats, drug abuse, depression or suicidal thoughts.

Originally launched in 2005, and currently in use by more than 300,000 students nationwide, "Talk About It" was designed around the concept that students are the best resource for knowing what is going on inside their schools.

If a problem or threat should arise, "Talk About It" enables a student to anonymously and confidentially use text or online messaging. With electronic communications, students can avoid the stigma of being seen reaching out to a counselor or faculty member or 'snitching' on a fellow student.

To use the service, students can log on to the "Talk About It" website at www.letstai.com. When they do, they enter a unique passcode that ties them to their home school, but still allows them to remain anonymous.

Distribution of these passcodes is under way at the schools. Students can also utilize the service by sending a text message to 85130 after their cell phone is registered. Once the message is received, it is automatically routed to a school system employee who has been trained to assist the student with their concern.

For more information and a video overview of Talk About It, visit http://talk.schoolmessenger.com. For more information about Cabell County's Talk About It program, please contact Todd Alexander, administrative assistant over Secondary Schools, by calling 304-528-5089.