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New Childline App
Childline app ‘For Me’ seeks to help young people directly on their smartphones
The app was designed by four young apprentices in the hope of utilising technology to support young people
NSPCC’s Childline is today launching an app said to be the first to provide counselling to young people directly through their smartphone.
Invented by four teenagers who wanted to use technology to address the urgent need for confidential support among young people, the ‘For Me’ app is free to download in the UK and Channel Islands and has been specifically designed for discreet usage.
“Our initial ideas for the app came about during a school lesson. I hope it will really make a difference to people our age who are struggling,” said Laura Hindle, co-creator of the app.
The app utilises all of Childline’s online services – from the 1-2-1 chat function with a counsellor, the ‘Ask Sam’ problem pages and entrance to a private locker, in which is a daily mood tracker and personal journal.
Childline was created by Dame Esther Rantzen 30 years ago and was reliant upon the use of public telephone boxes across the country to provide a safe way for children to communicate with support services. With technological developments, the methods of communication have widened the availability of support services. Last year, 1.8 million sessions on the Childline website were conducted via mobile devices.
The second phase of the Home Office Disrespect Nobody campaign will run from 2 February until the end of March 2017. The campaign is focussed on digital and mobile first and will also run on TV aimed at young people, such as The Brit Awards and the Big Bang Theory, on radio, Spotify, cinema and online including catch up TV, X-Box, YouTube and Snapchat. The first TV advert will run in the evening of Thursday 2 February in the Hollyoaks advertising break.
The aim of the Disrespect NoBody campaign is to prevent young people, both boys and girls aged 12 to 18 years old from becoming perpetrators and victims of abusive relationships.
For 2017 the focus of the campaign will be consent and sexting, which are both issues where many young people need more education and information. The campaign advertising directs young people to the website www.disrespectnobody.co.uk where they can get further information and signposts them to organisations who can provide support.
We have produced a range of partner support materials to help you use the resources with the young people that you work with and promote it within your local area. These include a teaching resource with lesson plans, posters, online adverts and social media assets. We also have materials developed specifically for LGBT young people.
Please click on the link below to download the partner brief and campaign materials.