Safer Schools

Nov 07, 2022

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Last year the Safer Schools NI App was launched by the Department of Education and INEQE Safeguarding Group.  We signed up to the App immediately as the benefit to our young people was evident from the outset.

Did you know??

92% of children in Northern Ireland use video sharing platforms, with 53% using social media and 65% accessing messaging apps (Ofcom, 2020).  If your child hasn't already been using these platforms, they soon will be!  Even though most students of school age are not over the age restrictions applied by these platforms (see below).  Therefore it's more important than ever to be aware of how to keep your child safe.

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How will the Safer Schools NI App help you?

  • Provides you with easy to follow steps on how to make your home and devices safer in the 'Need to know' section
  • Keeps you up to date with current online trends, threats, and risks to your child.  This information is sent directly to your device!
  • Delivers the information you need to know on social media and gaming platforms, helping you understand the latest buzzwords and how to set privacy and parental settings on platforms like Among Us, Minecraft and TikTok.
  • Offers expert guidance to help you navigate important issues such as bullying, mental health and healthy relationships. Giving you practical tips on how to approach these conversations with your children. 
  • Gives you access to your school’s latest news, updated policies, and calendar all within your App.  
  • The Online Safety section will signpost you to help and support where you need it when you need it – it's in your pocket! 

Remember, all parents will also receive a copy of our Safeguarding Newsletter, sent every two months through our SIMS parent app which offers additional support, guidance and highlights key topics within our local area.

For more information, please visit

The code for Abbey Community College parents is 2726




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