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Safer Schools online app available to all Moray pupils, parents and school staff

By Lorna Thompson

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ALL pupils, parents, guardians and teachers will have access to a Safer Schools app, which offers advice on how to stay safe online.

Moray Council’s digital learning team were at the school gates of New Elgin and Pilmuir primary schools on Friday, September 10, to speak to families about the benefits of downloading the app.

Moray’s head of education, Vivienne Cross, is encouraging families to discuss the issue of online safety at home.

She said: "Reinforcing the messaging young people get at school about staying safe online will help give parents and carers peace of mind that they're helping their children to develop safe and positive online habits in the increasingly digitised world."

Safer Schools is a partnership between Zurich Municipal and INEQE Safeguarding Group. It is available to all schools in Moray, which has its insurance with Zurich Municipal.

New Elgin Primary School's digital leaders promote the Safer Schools app.
New Elgin Primary School's digital leaders promote the Safer Schools app.

Ineque Safeguarding Group's Colin Stitt said: "Teaching our children and young people how to stay safe online can feel daunting, but we should never take their safety in a digital world for granted.

"Being tech savvy can create an illusion of being tech safe.

"It is our vast and varied safeguarding experience as a company that has taught us that the best way to keep children safe online is to educate and empower them, and everyone in their school community.

"Consider Safer Schools as a 24/7 library of online safety resources and practical advice that school staff, parents, carers and pupils can access when they need it, where they need it.

"I encourage you to download and login to your app today, make sure your push notifications are enabled and keep talking to the children and young people in your care about staying safe online."

Access to the app is free. Once downloaded, parents or guardians can select their child’s school from a list, then enter "7440" for primary school parents or guardians, or "7675" for secondary parents or guardians.

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