Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter are working together to fight bullying in schools

The companies say they are working with educators and other experts to develop tools and strategies to help teachers, parents and students feel safer when interacting with peers and classmates.

The new initiatives, announced Monday, also aim to increase transparency and make it easier for parents to report inappropriate behavior to school authorities.

Facebook has teamed up with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a U.S. government-funded, nonprofit organization, to help school districts with the implementation of the new policies.

Snapchat, the company that makes the popular messaging app, said it will be expanding its partnerships with several education and safety advocacy groups.

Snapchat said the new initiatives were a “major step forward” for the company and will help build stronger relationships with educators.

The announcement comes at a time when educators across the country are struggling with a rash of bullying incidents.

The number of reported cases rose to more than 1,000 last year, according to the National School Safety Association, a nonprofit group that advocates for school safety.

In New York, the number of cases rose by more than 30% to 4,853 last year from 3,937 in 2014, according the group.

And the number has since risen again, reaching 1,079 last year.