New app launched promoting safer schools

Release Date: 07 July 2020

A new app has been launched to offer vital safeguarding information and advice for Richmond schools and families.

Since lockdown, there have been numerous warnings from the Government, the Police and leading charities about the online risks that children can face.

In response to this, a new app, which offers vital safeguarding information and advice has been launched by Achieving for Children (AfC). AfC is a not-for-profit community interest company jointly-owned by Richmond, Kingston and the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead. The company is commissioned to deliver social care and educational services for children across the boroughs.

The Richmond Safer Schools App provides support on topics including online bullying, mental health, sexting, media literacy, gaming and sexual exploitation online.

The app is being released 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. 

Cllr Penny Frost, Chair of the Children’s Services Committee for Richmond Council, said:

“It has been well documented that young people are spending more time online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The positive power of technology is helping to keep our community digitally connected, but we also know that more time spent online by our children can lead to greater levels of risk.

“This new app is going to educate and support parents, staff and especially students to be more knowledgeable on keeping themselves safe, and I am happy to commend its use.”

The development of the app is thanks to funding received from Zurich Municipal.

Schools will be providing information to families directly on how they can download the app. For more information – speak to your local school.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P274/20

Updated: 30 July 2020