One day I was curious about whether there were any helpful apps out there that complement the resources used to teach protective behaviours. I was pleasantly surprised to see that some very helpful apps have indeed been designed! And they are free! They are all available for both android and Apple phones by searching on Google Play or in the App Store.

Stewards

This app was created by the World Childhood Foundation, founded by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, in partnership with Darkness to Light, a non-profit committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse, based in South Carolina in the US. This app is for adults. Some key features:

  • They provide a trigger warning at the start, being mindful of those who have experienced sexual abuse.
  • There are loads of helpful videos to explore the facts, hear from survivors, characteristics of a perpetrator, consequences of of sexual abuse, feeling uncomfortable, boundaries, private parts, consent, and more.
  • Videos are short so you can watch a short time and come back later to watch more
  • There’s a quiz to test your knowledge
“Every child deserves a happy and safe childhood…help make that a reality.”
HRH Princess Madeleine of Sweden

Feel Safe

Family Planning Queensland have created the Feel Safe app. This app is animated with a narrator, with various options to choose from as you move through the screens. It is designed for young people between the ages of 12 and 16 with mild intellecutal disability or Autism. There are stories about each of the characters. As you move through different stories you are given a jigsaw piece. Once you have collected them all you can play the Safe Place jigsaw puzzle and a bowling game. Some key features:

  • Fun click and drag activities
  • Teaches what private parts are (please note that there are some nude illustrations)
  • Teaches feelings and what early warning signs are
  • Teaches the different kinds of touch

Thread

Thread is a personal safety app that has been created by the Carly Ryan Foundation for children to use to communicate with friends, family and carers. The Foundation was created by Carly’s mum to create awareness and educate children and parents about internet safety. At 15, Carly fell in love with a fictitious person, created by a predator who ultimately murdered her. Some key features of the app:

  • set deadlines
  • quick updates
  • locations sent to nominated contact when check-in is missed
  • informal chat with nominated contacts whilst sharing location and images
  • personal safety alarm – when activated, location is sent to nominated contacts and 000 is dialed
  • Helpful links to related support organisatiions

Help Me

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation has created a safety app for everyone between the ages of 7 and 97. The Foundation was created by Daniel’s parents after Daniel was abducted and murdered while waiting to catch a bus. Key features of the app:

  • send texts to nominated safety numbers which includes GPS coordinates from where the text was sent
  • create your safety network
  • notes page
  • helpful phone numbers for assistance
  • resources to help educate kids and parents on how to keep safe, including safety tips and videos
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