A new website and marketing campaign called "Stand Up HoCo" launched last week and is set to take aim at bullying in Howard County.
The website - hoco.sprigeo.com - allows users to describe bullying incidents using a form, which is then sent to an adult at the proper school. Users can remain anonymous.
The county is using a social marketing and outreach effort, funded for about $250,000, to publicize the new site and make students and parents aware of how to report bullying incidents.
"As a parent, I worry about the very real effects of bullying," said Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, in an announcement. "As a leader I know Howard County can come together to change the way we think about and deal with this problem."
Ulman stated that the program unites public schools, private schools, and other community programs under the shared message "that bullying is unacceptable and must stop."