Apps to help you help teenagers: No.7 – Bright Futures Personal Safety App…

The safety of young people has been in the news again recently.

But teenagers can be particularly challenging when it comes to taking advice.

Image courtesy of ©Komodo Digital (adapted)

Image courtesy of ©Komodo Digital (adapted)

Here’s an app that just might help…

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The blurb from the iTunes write up describes the apps as follows:

‘This app was developed by young women’s charity Bright Futures. The purpose of the app has been developed to provide a range of information, advice and sources of support for children, young people and parents around a range of issues which may affect them.’

These issues include:

  • Substance misuse – smoking, drinking and drugs…

    Image courtesy of ©Komodo Digital

    Image courtesy of ©Komodo Digital

  • Consent – permission, pressure ans relationships…
  • Trafficking – recruitment, transporting and exploitation…
  • Parents’ information – signs of grooming and behaviour
  • Confidence and self-esteem – health and happiness…
  • Mental Health and self-harm – stress, depression and support…
  • Grooming – trust, abuse and exploitation…
  • Online and E-safety – cyberbullying and personal information…
  • Exploitation sexual abuse and relationships…
  • Domestic abuse – emotional, physical, sexual and financial control…

There is information available for young people and for parents and carers.

Photo courtesy of ©iStockPhoto/Kali9

Photo courtesy of ©iStockPhoto/Kali9

Each information section with clear and simple definitions of the subject being discussed. there follows then a summary of the main issues.

The layout is accessible, easy to read and succinct, whilst dealing well with things sensitively and upfront. Lots of bullet points make it very scannable and there are internal links to other pages within the app.

The text tackles things in the third person – a young person, someone, they, – so that it doesn’t feel preachy at all.

There are also links to sources of further information or for help and support in a crisis – places like the NSPCC, CEOP, Childline, NWGnetwork, SaferInternet.org.uk and many more.

For young men too?…

Looking through the app, my feeling is that it has equal utility for both young men and young women. Whether teenage boys will access it is another matter, but the information is valid for both boys and girls.

Summary…

This is a well-written, well-linked, clear and accessible app that acts as both a source of useful information and a sign-poster to more help. It has application equally to both young men and young women (young people) and is something workers could also use in direct work.

Does it get any better than that?!  :0)

Where do I get it?…

The app is free to download at these online app stores:

Question…

  • How have you used technology to help troubled kids?  Do you know of any other apps we could review here?

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Acknowledgement: Some material and images in this post is taken directly from the Komodo Digital Bright Futures website – with thanks!

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