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App designed to keep children safe on social media piloted at Sunninghill school

App designed to keep children safe on social media piloted at Sunninghill school

David Lee

App designed to keep children safe on social media piloted at Sunninghill school

An innovative app aimed at keeping social media safe for children has been trialled by a Sunninghill school.

The Marist School, in Kings Road, has signed up to a three-month pilot of ChatFOSS (Chat Friends Only Stay Safe).

The app, which uses the latest encryption technology, provides children with a safe place online where they can share photos, thoughts and news.

It is the brainchild of mother-of-three Alicia Coad , who came up with the idea after her young son complained of strangers contacting him and his friends online.

Alicia visited the school on Tuesday, February 9, as part of World Internet Safety Day and gave a presentation to staff, parents and pupils.

Headteacher at the school, Jenny Finlayson, said: “E-safety and social media is gathering pace, and it is imperative that our children know how to use this technology safely and responsibly.”

Visit www.chatfoss.com for more information.

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