Schools and colleges across Hull have begun using the Safer Schools app to help keep pupils safe on-line.
The app, created by INEQE Safeguarding Group and insurer Zurich Municipal, offers vital safeguarding information, advice and guidance for teachers, parents, carers and pupils by providing school communities with up-to-date safeguarding information.
It provides resources, training and support on issues including image sharing, mental health, media literacy, gaming and online sexual exploitation.
Councillor Shane McMurray, portfolio holder for children’s services said: “Safeguarding risks online pose challenges, and change frequently due to the evolving nature of technology and also trends. It is important that schools and colleges are in the best position possible to understand the risks and how best to respond to them, as well as providing advice to parents and pupils.
“The launch of the Safer Schools app in Hull marks a collaborative and continued commitment to safeguarding children and young people in the city.”
The app is free and available to safeguarding professionals, school staff, parents, carers, and pupils in Hull; to inform, build resilience and empower them to stay safer in a digital world.
Christy Coulter, Headteacher at Stockwell Primary Academy said: “Stockwell Academy fully endorses the Safer Schools app. Our belief is that it will educate, empower and protect the entire school community.”
Andy Dulson, Personal Development and Safeguarding Lead at Sirius Academy West said: “The Safer Schools app is a welcome addition to our wider safeguarding strategy. The app will assist us all to stay up to date with the latest challenges.”
Jim Gamble QPM, online safeguarding expert and the force behind the Safer Schools app said: “Only by educating and empowering young people, can we begin to protect them from harm and to do that we need to practice what we preach and educate ourselves.”
Parents can minimise the risks to children online:
- Make sure all the devices you use have the most appropriate safety settings. Visit this site to check.
- Talking is the most important tool in a parent or carer’s child protection toolkit.
- Ensure your child knows they can always talk to you. Let them know we all make mistakes and that whatever happens, you will always be there for them.
- Before talking to them about any concerns you have about social media, apps, or live streaming in general, do your homework. Research the issue so you have at least a basic knowledge.
Hull City Council works together with all the Academy Trusts through the Hull Learning Partnership.