Since schools closed in March 2020, there have been numerous warnings from government, the police and leading charities about the online risks that children can face. Our local safeguarding partnership is already experiencing an increased number of reports relating to online child abuse. 

In response to this threat, a new app, which offers vital safeguarding information and advice is being launched by Hackney Council. The Hackney Safer Schools App provides support on topics including online bullying, mental health, sexting, media literacy, gaming and sexual exploitation online. It complements information already provided by schools to children and parents.

The app is being released by the Council to further help parents and carers educate, empower and protect their children in the online world. A version is also being made available for teachers, school staff and other safeguarding professionals to enhance their existing resources. 

With children spending more time online, the Hackney Safer Schools App is an essential tool for everyone to learn more about avoiding online dangers and the actions needed to help make children safer.

To download the app from the App Store or Google Play, search ‘Safer Schools’ and follow the login instructions at: http://www.chscb.org.uk/hackney-safer-schools-app/

For more information contact, the City & Hackney Safeguarding Partnership Team: chscp@hackney.gov.uk

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