Our founders Jan Slama, David Spunar, and Pavel Ihm witnessed bullying at primary school. They were in the role of bystanders, who did not like the situation but were afraid to act. Therefore, they decided to help peers who find themselves in a similar situation. At the age of 17, they created a web and mobile application. Children can anonymously report bullying and other risky behaviour types to a school administrator to help their peers.
During the 3 years since its launch, 1,800 schools have joined the platform, and we’ve received 6,000 reports of bullying, cyberbullying, extortion, self-harm, physical violence, and other sufferings that their peers encounter daily.
During 2020, companies and other organizations began to respond, saying that they would also welcome a similar platform. Both for the needs of building a safe corporate culture, as well as compliance and whistleblowing tool. That’s why we adjusted the platform to fit the corporate environment well. Thousands of organizations now use FaceUp on four continents.
We believe that adults who are not afraid to speak up are formed in their childhood. Therefore, we want to continue the mission that led us to create the platform: to spread awareness among children and schools and fight bullying. That’s why our commercial activities contribute to our Endowment Fund’s operation, which is dedicated to education and prevention. We teach children not to be indifferent to their surroundings and to stand up against bullying. Similarly, we also try to contribute to the fight against domestic violence and join forces with Intervention centres that help people in difficult situations.
Our school has been using FaceUp for a long time. It is a very useful tool, thanks to which we have immediate information about the situation, requiring the intervention of a special pedagogue a class teacher or school management. Most often, thanks to FaceUp, we record cases when a child does not feel well in class, is excluded by his peers or does not like going to school. Thanks to the fact that we have the information immediately, the class teacher either solves the complaint himself or in cooperation with the above-mentioned colleagues. FaceUp is an absolutely indispensable project for us and an integral part of our school life.
Our son (10) came home sad because of the behaviour of his classmates. It bothered him, but to fit in, he often acted like everyone else. When physical violence began to occur, he refused to go to school. I then came across the FaceUp on the Internet. I hesitated for several weeks, but when he came up with the idea that we would never get him to school again, I sent a report. The next day, the teacher arranged an appointment with me, which a school psychologist also attended, and things started to move. It's only been a few weeks, and he comes home happy now. The psychologist regularly comes to class and strengthens relationships. It's a miracle for me.