Posted on 11th October 2019

A Runcorn youth group has developed its own mobile app to help other young people safe stay online.

The Online Safeteee App, which is free to download from Apple’s App Store and on Google Play, provides advice, interactive quizzes and videos to warn young people of the potential dangers online.

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Children who attend the Four Estates project decided to create the app after receiving a session on online safety from Cheshire police.

They wanted to pass on what they had learnt to their peers so the group applied for funding from the police and crime commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund to help build the app.

Over the last few months they have been working with schools, the local community and their local PCSO to pull together content for the app which is engaging and informative.

Shelagh Kearney from Four Estates said:

“The young people in the group have been at the very heart of the development of this fantastic app and have worked hard to develop a product which is educational and entertaining.

“Whilst building the app, the children have not only expanded their knowledge of online safety but have also developed their confidence and teambuilding skills by working together on such an important project.”

PCC David Keane visited the Four Estates group with Derek Twigg MP to receive a preview of the app and to present the children with certificates to recognise their hard work.

He said:

“Young people are constantly accessing the internet on mobile devices, which opens them up to a world of exploration, but it can also expose them to dangers. We need to ensure that children are aware of these dangers and know how to stay safe.

“The app that the young people from Four Estates have produced is a fantastic resource that has some great tips on staying safe online. I hope that lots of young people across Cheshire download the app and use it to help them stay safe online.”