Child Safeguarding App for Schools Launched

10/02/2016

To mark Safer Internet Day, Belfast-based Ineqe Group along with the Trust have launched the first in their ‘School’s App’ product range, which hopes to keep children and young people safe in the digital environments they live in today.

The School’s App offers contemporary and engaging advice to parents, teachers and pupils about safeguarding issues and how to stay safe online.

The app has been designed to meet the needs of schools today and has so far been adopted by over 80 schools throughout the UK and Isle of Man, including Strangford Integrated College and St Joseph’s Grammar School, Donaghmore.

Welcoming the new App, Brendan Whittle, Director of Children’s Services & Executive Director of Social Work at the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, who supported Strangford College in the app’s development, said “Anything that puts information about staying safe online right into the hands of children and parents is a good thing. I’m impressed with this innovation and wish Strangford College well in its roll out.”, whilst Mark Weir, Strangford’s Head stated, "I am delighted with our new App, which will support our aim of keeping our students safe at all times. We are very pleased to be working with Ineqe in the production of the App and know that their support and expertise will help us ensure that Strangford College is at the forefront of eSafety."

Hannah Paul, Ineqe Group’s Head of Content and Safety, stated, “We’d like to thank Invest NI for their early support in this project. This product is the first of its kind in terms of practical safeguarding advice in the context of digital media. It places help and support into the pockets of parents, pupils and teachers. Within the next three months it will be used by over 30,000 children, their parents, carers and teachers. That’s pretty exciting.”

The app aims to protect, empower and educate children by giving them the tools they need to avoid dangers such as sexting, grooming and child sexual exploitation. Parents and teachers can also log-in for group-specific information and guidance about their role in keeping children safe. Each user then has to complete competence tests before being issued with a digital certificate that indicates they are now better-equipped to face any potential online hazards.

For more information about this product or if you would like a demonstration you can contact Matt Ferris on (07725) 269 966 or at matt@ineqe.com

Pictured:  (Back Row):  Richard Gray (ICT Co-Ordinator, Strangford College), Steven McNeill (Senior Social Work Practitioner, South Eastern H&SC Trust),  Mark Weir, (Principal, Strangford College), Gillian Gibson, (Head of Personal Development, Strangford College), Gabrielle O'Neill (Health Development Specialist, South Eastern H&SC Trust) &  Hannah Paul, (Head of Safety, Ineqe Group)

(Front Row): Sarah McAlees (Head Girl), Olivia Mansour - (Year 9 Student), Connor McCausland (Year 13 Student)