Children Can Now Be Safer Online Using This Mobile Phone App

Children on their mobile phones

Chitter Chatter have teamed up with cyber-safety company SafeToNet to help keep children safer when using mobile phones

App available free-for-life to UK parents if they register by September 15th

For over 25 years, we’ve been helping families stay connected.  As mobile phones have advanced in technology and features, our goal has always remained the same – help people stay connected to what’s important to them.  With all this new mobile tech, it has opened up the world with more ways to stay connected than ever before – social media apps, video calling, instant messaging, TikTok, even the humble text message, all amazing ways for us to communicate, be entertained, get access to useful information and stay in touch with friends and family.

Naturally, our children have an increasing interest and amount of access to mobile technology, with many children owning a mobile phone at a far younger age meaning it’s more important than ever to help them understand how to stay safe when using it.

SafeToNet and Chitter Chatter Partnership

With so many of our customers, and the Chitter Chatter team, with young children in their families, we want to do more to help, so we’ve partnered with cyber-safety company SafeToNet and their app to help the UK’s children stay safer online. Safety for children online should come as standard on mobile phones and tablets, and whilst there have been some brilliant innovations and tools made available for parents, we’re not there yet.

The SafeToNet app is a big step further in helping make internet safety simpler for parents and a safer place for children, including protection from cyber-bullying, aggression, sexting and and harmful content.

The app is installed on the parent’s and the child’s phone which allows the parent to monitor when the child is accessing content or indeed sending content (e.g. a rude text message) which may be deemed either dangerous or potentially of risk in real-time and as children are using their devices.

Rather than snooping in on exactly what your child is up to or the actual message they’re sending (which may cause some resistance), it instead notifies you that your child may have looked at or sent something that you may want to look at further or discuss with them and provides resources to approach these difficult conversations.  Through this method, children get to learn more about internet safety and behaviour too, whilst retaining their own privacy.

SafeToNet will never share the contents of the messages, who the child is talking to or what they are seeing to the parent but instead provides an evaluation of the risk your child might be exposed to.

The app also offers a range of tools for young people to manage their relationship with mobile technology, encouraging children to think before they send something or take a break from their screen. These digital wellbeing features help children deal with the pressures associated with living in a digital world.

Get the SafeToNet app free for life

The SafeToNet Foundation is providing one million free licences of the SafeToNet mobile app for UK families to help keep the nation’s children safer online.  Parents in the UK can claim the offer now from SafeToNet if they register before the 15th of September 2020 using the details below.  SafeToNet normally costs £4.99 a month, so not only will the app help make the internet safer for your children, you’ll also be saving £60 per year.  If you purchase your phone from Chitter Chatter, you’ll also be sent details of the offer.

SafeToNet is the first cyber safety app of its kind and provides a safe and practical solution to online safeguarding whilst always balancing the privacy rights of the child with the need of a parent to keep their child safe. Its award-winning technology uses artificial intelligence and behavioural analytics to safeguard children online in real-time, as they use their mobile device.

Educating children ‘in-the-moment’, it acts as a safeguarding assistant that contains an intelligent keyboard to detect threats such as bullying and sexting as they happen and helps prevent children from sending harmful outgoing messages before any damage can be done. The app’s AI-driven software runs only on the device and fully protects the privacy rights of the child as it never lets anyone see what the child is typing or what they are seeing.

To claim the free for life offer

  1. Visit: www.safetonet.com/foundation/covid, by the 15th of September
  2.  Click the ‘Register now’ button at the top of the page
  3.  Enter the code COVID on the registration page
  4. Complete your account details to finish the registration
  5.  Log in to your account to activate your free-for-life license by September 30th

With children and young people spending much more time online in 2020 than ever before (driven by the pandemic lockdown rules), this offer gives families peace of mind that their children can interact more safely as they use their phone, or indeed tablet.

The SafeToNet ‘free for life’ offer supports the UK government’s objective, alongside law enforcement, charities and international partners, to lead the world in tackling online harms and to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online. The government has also committed to working with the technology sector to ensure vulnerable children are able to use the internet safely, even when unsupervised.

Educating children ‘in-the-moment’, SafeToNet acts as a safeguarding assistant that contains an intelligent keyboard to detect threats such as bullying and sexting as they happen and helps prevent children from sending harmful outgoing messages before any damage can be done. The app’s AI-driven software runs only on the device and fully protects the privacy rights of the child as it never lets anyone see what the child is typing or what they are seeing.

The app offers useful insights to parents on when they’re children are online and what’s apps they’re accessing.

SafeToNet behaviour analytics research suggests that current levels of sexually explicit messaging amongst children are 183% higher than before lockdown, with children currently sending nearly 3 times as many sexts as before. There has also been a significant increase in the amount of sexually explicit messages being sent by children during the day, with more than 55% sexts now being sent during school hours. Pre lockdown sexting was predominantly happening in the evening and at weekends.

The SafeToNet app includes a range of easy to use tools to help keep children safer online, including a Safeguarding Keyboard.

Promoting the app at Chitter Chatter and helping customers use it is the first stage in our partnership with SafeToNet for us to do more in helping making the internet a safer place for young people.

SafeToNet have also included a range of Digital Wellbeing tools to promote and help manage a healthy relationship with technology.

CEO and co-founder of SafeToNet Richard Pursey says ‘We are thrilled to be teaming up with one of the UK’s most trusted mobile retailers and to be able to partner up with a company that shares our values and our mission – to make the internet a safe place for every child in the UK. With this collaboration, we hope to ensure that children are protected from online harms, whilst staying connected to their friends and family. To have Chitter Chatter on board and putting child safety at the forefront is an important and welcomed move, and we encourage other mobile companies to follow suit.’

Learn more about the SafeToNet app and sign up for the free licence here: www.safetonet.com/foundation/covid

We’ll have lots more to share on this partnership and internet safety over the coming weeks and if you have any questions about SafeToNet, you can tweet us on Twitter or send us a message on Facebook.

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