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SAFER SCHOOLS APP

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

In these unprecedented times, we know everyone is spending more time online at home, including our children and young people. The Internet provides many benefits in keeping us all connected; however, for our children and young people especially, this can present more significant risks.

 

The online world can be a bit overwhelming at times but it is important we understand what our children are doing online so we can help make them safer. The Department of Education Northern Ireland (DENI) Safer Schools App aims to help with this.

We are delighted to invite you download the DENI Safer Schools App provided in partnership with Ineqe Safeguarding Group.

 

https://ineqe.com/safer-schools-ni/

 

About the App

The App is designed to support you, as you keep the children and young people in your care safer online. The app will provide you with information on how you can make your home and their devices safer, understanding Social Media and the benefits and risks of apps such as Snapchat, Instagram, House Party to name but a few. The app also will provide you more information on inspiring healthy media habits and screen time to making you aware of scams and keeping personal information safer online. The in-app safety centre also provide you up to date information on how to block, mute and report anything you or the child in your care may find worrying or upsetting online from images to comments from online bullies or trolls.

 

Once the app 'SAFER SCHOOLS' is downloaded

SEARCH Department of Education and use ENTRY CODE 7440

The Community Helpline for Covid-19 and the Department for Communities have asked that the information below also be shared.  It may be useful to your families.

The Covid-19 Community Helpline went live on Friday 27 March and operates 9am to 5pm, 7 days per week initially, although this will be kept under review and the service can be increased if necessary.  The Helpline has been taking calls from members of the public who need advice and support relating to the COVID 19 emergency, initially linking people into local services.

Some of the services which can be accessed via the helpline include: delivery of food parcels to vulnerable people including those in the shielded group who have no other way to access food deliveries; information about retailers offering delivery in a local area; help from the voluntary and community sector to deliver prescription medication and advice on claiming benefits.  Advice NI have put in place a detailed directory of community and voluntary organisations at both a local and regional level covering everything from domestic abuse, to mental health to local sports groups willing to walk dogs for vulnerable people.  Helpline staff will provide a warm handoff to the relevant service if they are unable to deal with a query themselves, and are aware of the need for a warm handoff to the Nexus service if a caller reports domestic abuse during the course of the conversation.

The helpline is for vulnerable people who have no other method of accessing support.  If a vulnerable person already has sufficient support in place, either from family and friends or from a voluntary organisation then they should continue to rely on that in the first instance.

On the question of whether representatives could call the helpline on someone’s behalf the answer is yes, as long as the person has given permission to the representative to share their details and act on their behalf.

The Helpline service also offers e-mail and text message response facility.

Telephone:         0808 802 0020                   Email: covid19@adviceni.net                     Text: ACTION to 81025

Useful Apps

 

Name

Category

Cost

Information

 

Catch It

Mental Health

Free

Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression with catch it. It will teach you how to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing.

 

Stress and Anxiety Companion

 

Mental Health

Free

Learn how to handle stress and anxiety on-the-go. Using breathing exercises, relaxing music and games designed to calm the mind, it helps you change negative thoughts to help you better cope with life's ups and down

 

Calm Harm

Mental Health

Free

Calm harm is designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It's private and password protected.

 

Meetwo

Mental Health, Online Community, Child Health

Free

Meetwo provides a safe and secure forum for teenagers wanting to discuss any issue affecting their lives. You can anonymously get advice from experts or other teenagers going through similar experiences in areas such as mental health, self-harming, relationships and friendships.

 

Peanut

Pregnancy and Baby, Online Community

Free

Peanut aims to make sure no one must navigate womanhood alone, especially the hard parts. It gives you access to a social network to connect with other women across fertility and motherhood. It aims to make it easy to meet, chat and learn from like-minded women.

 

Pzizz

 

Sleep

Free

Pzizz helps you quickly calm your mind, fall asleep fast, stay asleep, and wake up refreshed. It uses "dreamscapes" – a mix of music, voiceovers and sound effects designed using the latest clinical research to help you sleep better at night or take power naps during the day.

 

Couch To 5K

 

Health and Lifestyle

Free

 

Walk and run your way to 5k this couch to 5k app designed to take total beginners from walking to running for 30 minutes in just 9 weeks. Presented in association with BBC get inspired, it builds you up gradually with a mix of running and walking.

 

Calm

Meditation and Relaxation Aid

Free

In the calm app, the daily calm is a 10-minute meditation that's new every day. Relaxing nature sounds from the calm app for relaxation, deep sleep and focus

 

My Affirmations

Live Positive

Free

Life does not happen to you; it happens for you. Your life is your creation. What you believe in will become your reality. Affirmations help you to change the outlook of your life by impregnating positive thoughts in your subconscious mind. Once you believe in a thought, that thought begins to manifest into reality.

 

Head Space

Sleep and Guided Meditation

 

Free

Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Headspace is meditation made simple. We'll teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.

 

7 Cups – Anxiety & Stress Chat

Mental Health

Free

7 cups connect you to caring listeners for free emotional support. Grow at your own pace. Explore self-help guides & growth paths for proven tips and advice on how to feel better.

 

Lets Meditate

 

Sleep and Guided Meditation

Free

A very straightforward approach to guided meditation; no clutter, no distraction. Just choose a track and hit play. It’s as simple as it can get.

 

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