Our founders Jan Slama, David Spunar, and Pavel Ihm witnessed bullying at primary school. As bystanders, they felt terrible about the situation but were afraid to speak up. At 17 years old, they created a web and mobile application to help others who find themselves in similar situations. Children can anonymously report bullying or anything they or a peer is struggling with directly to their school’s trusted teachers.
During the 3 years since its launch, 1 800 schools have signed up, and we’ve received 6,000 reports of bullying, cyberbullying, extortion, self-harm, physical violence, and other challenges that either they or their peers encounter daily.
During 2020, companies and other organizations started to reach out, saying that they would also welcome a similar platform to help with compliance, whistleblowing as well as to create a safe corporate culture. That’s when we added different features to fit in the corporate environment. Thousands of organizations are now using FaceUp on four continents.
We believe that having the strength to speak up starts during childhood. Thats why we want to continue our mission that led us to create the platform: to spread awareness among children and schools and help 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 about their surroundings and to speak up against bullying. Similarly, we also try to contribute to the fight against domestic violence and suicide by joining forces with Intervention Centres that help people in these 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.