Apps to help you help teenagers: No.6 – iAssistSafety

We live in a risky world. But there’s safety and solace in the people we trust. This is true for children and young people too.

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Image courtesy of ©Matlecapps

In this latest post in our “Apps” series, we look at a way of helping children to identify their safe people – those they could turn to if needed…

Who’re you gonna call?…

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Apps to help you help teenagers – No.5: KnowDrugs…

When I was a student. I spent a year working in street-based drugs project. What an eye-opener that was!

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Photo courtesy of ©123RF/Sereniy

Anyone seeking to help troubled young people is going to come across the drugs issue sooner or later.

Are you ready for it? How much do you know?

Here’s a way you can have great information at your finger tips…

The KnowDrugs App… 

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Apps to help you help troubled young people – No. 4… ZIPIT

Who would send an inappropriate picture of themselves to a journalist?

Well, it happens – a British member of parliament did it just recently!

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Photo courtesy of ©123RF/loganban

I’ve written before about the dangers and pressures young people can encounter online. The pressure to send indecent selfies is one.

How can we help young people resist this pressure?…

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Apps to help you help teenagers: No.3… Safeguarding

The father of a teenager once asked me, “What qualifies you to work with my son?”

Good question! And certainly one I would be asking in his position…

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Image courtesy of ©CCW & WCVA

Looking back, the answer I gave wasn’t the best. Basically, I gave him a run through of my qualifications.

But knowing stuff doesn’t necessarily mean we know what to do with that knowledge…

How good is your child protection practice?…

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Apps to help you help teenagers – No.2… WudU?

Engaging young people is tricky at times. But engaging them about sexual exploitation is another thing again!

But recent news stories like the Rotherham scandal illustrate just how important it is for us to try…

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/picmov

But what can we – you and me – possibly do to stop scandals like Rotherham? Well, maybe harnessing the power of mobile technology will help? After all, young people today are the digital generation

An app to address Child Sexual Exploitation – really?…

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Apps to help you help teenagers – No.1… MOMO

If, like me, you’re always looking for newer and better ways to help young people, this piece is for you…

Teenagers looking at mobile phones...

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The young people we work with really are the “digital generation.” They’ve almost grown up online!

So how can we use this to help them?

Apps to help the helpers…

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Teaching kids about money

You can do it with Henry's help...

To be honest, I’ve found this issue a real struggle. How do you teach kids about money?

As a parent I want to get it right. Yet I find myself constantly struggling to know how best to handle it.

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Image courtesy of ©123rf/My Make OU (Adapted)

This app really helped me…

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Up Periscope!

Why you need to think about joining Periscope...

I know many of you use Twitter – me too! Well now there’s something morePeriscope… Twitter’s new live broadcast app.

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Image courtesy of ©Twitter/Periscope

And even if you DON’T use Twitter, Periscope is a good reason to reconsider!

Reasons why you should join Periscope…

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Why kids’ brains really matter…

Every now and again something new comes along that changes things significantly.

In my view, right now that thing is our new understanding of how brain function is affected by abuse.

Sketch - why childrens brains matter

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We now know that children who have suffered maltreatment in their early years, have a lot more than bad memories to deal with.

Why you need to know a bit about brains…

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MOMO app is a finalist for two awards…

Photo courtesy of ©MOMO

Photo courtesy of ©MOMO

A few weeks ago I reviewed an app which helps children in the care system.

It’s particularly good for pre-meeting consultations, for example kids in the LAC system. Or any other kind of meeting…

The stated aim of the app is:

“…help young people in care express their views more clearly, get more involved in meetings and make better decisions with their social care team.”

For more details and to download the FREE app – click here.

Good to see a great piece of child-centred technology being recognised!

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What young people think...

Teenagers know more about technology than most adults do. So keeping them safe is difficult as well as vital.

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Once again, my evening has included a couple of “phone extractions.” This is where I separate my 14 year old son from his mobile phone.

His phone has a camera on it. Most phones do these days. The camera phone has now become an intrinsic part of teenage social life. The wide availability and affordability of smartphones, as well as apps like Instagram and SnapChat, have seen to that.

So what do we know about camera phone dangers?…

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