Renfrewshire: “Keep Safe Kids” app to combat bullying

An INNOVATIVE development in the fight against bullying has been launched in Renfrewshire.

The “Keep Safe Kids” app, which allows young people to report bullying directly to their schools, anonymously if needed, is the latest project from the award-winning Paisley I Am Me charity.

It is the first of its kind in Scotland and has been supported by the LENS and Celebrating Renfrewshire project, a funding initiative that gives children and young people a voice in deciding how to distribute money.

I Am Me worked with students from six Renfrewshire schools to design, develop and test the app.

It has been designed to be easily replicated, so other municipalities in the UK and beyond can adopt the Renfrewshire model.

Carol Burt-Wilson, founder of I Am Me, said, “The Keep Safe Kids app provides the opportunity for easy access to a range of organizations that can provide support, advice and guidance.

“It also gives children and young people the control to report bullying at a time when they feel ready to do so.”

Chief Superintendent David Duncan, Scottish Police Division Commander for Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, welcomed the initiative.

He said: “This app allows children and young people to stand up for their rights and, where necessary, get help from expert organizations based on their specific needs.”

Fiona White, Renfrewshire Council’s Head of Health and Wellbeing Development, said: “Congratulations to I Am Me for their work in developing such a fantastic resource to help schoolchildren and young people in the fight against bullying.

“The vital element of the app is that it is very pupil-driven.”

Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP Gavin Newlands added, “I have been a long-term supporter of I Am Me and therefore am particularly pleased with their latest initiative and the support they have received from local agencies, particularly Renfrewshire Council.

“The more support and help paths are available for children and young people, the better, and the new Keep Kids Safe app is an amazing resource, made even more relevant by the fact that it was designed by children and young people themselves.

“It was great to come to the launch and meet some of the young people who have been involved in its development and who I know will spread the word among their peers and give the best and biggest launch possible.”

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