Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Childline launches app

The Childline app is now available on Android and iOS

The Childline app is now available on Android and iOS

Childline has launched an app.

The non-profit organisation established in 2001 has responded to technology trends and widespread mobile phone use with an app that allows quick and easy access to its services.

The app was launched under the Outreach Unit of the organisation. Childline comprises three units: Outreach, which engages in psychological education for children, workshops and seminars on issues such as bullying and self-esteem, the Helpline, which provides free and confidential crisis intervention and Counselling.

Michaela Finch, Outreach Officer of Childline TT told Loop news that the app, which is supported by Unicef, is a digital hub for all things related to child protection.

“With Covid -19 we realised the power of doing certain things and we could reach more people through the power of apps and the technology,” she said.

The app, she explained has many features.

It is accessible in French and Spanish and provides a direct access to the Helpline.

There is also a webchat available from 8 am to 8 pm and children can request counselling directly from the app.

The Childline app is, however, more than just a tool to connect with the organisation.

It is educational, with a section detailing the rights of a child and a list of crucial institutions including website addresses and contact information.

The app allows users to track their mood and can be used as a personal diary that can be locked from prying eyes.

The Childline app also comes with a games arcade and connects to Google Maps to allow you to find nearby places of entertainment, libraries, clinics, schools and places where you can go for safety.

The app also allows you to create your own profile and avatar.

The Childline app is available on Android and iOS.

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