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An enthusiastic, driven and empowering trainer, speaker, author and app developer
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A weekly bulletin from Stay Safe
Stay Safe Bulletin
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A speech that turned into a rant at a educational networking event where several people in attendance are responsible for making change happen but unfortunately have forgotton their roles in education, politics, social investment and specialist services.

Sometimes passion takes over - One day I will keep to the speech that was written...
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Taught to over 16,000 women this course provides practical and realistic tips and advice
Women's Safety Guide
Women's Safety Guide
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Looking for Testers
Looking for Testers
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A couple of months ago I wrote a small article about a potential solution to bullying or at least a step in the right direction. The article was well recieved and sparked some interesting conversations between some good and knowledgeable people.
A little late, but that's life, the Stay Safe Bully app V1 is available to download from Google Play and will soon be on Itunes as well.

Stay Safe Bully? It wasn’t that many years ago that young people were educated in those core skills that provided them with the ability to communicate with others using manners and how to know the difference between right and wrong. This was largely done between a combination of parenting skills and school.

It has to be said that I have the pleasure of meeting young people every day who are still being exposed to these basic and important skills, however there is a growing number of young people who are unfortunately falling through the net and require additional support.

The STAY SAFE app has three simple functions.

1: A major stumbling block in tackling bullying is the breakdown of communication between young people their parents and teachers. The app empowers young people with a voice to share their experiences through a simple to use incident reporting system. The reports can be shared with parents, guardians, teachers, in fact whoever the young person decides should know.
My work with thousands of young people has demonstrated that verbal communication regarding bullying is either very limited of non-existent so the app enables young people to write about their experience and send it in confidence.
2: In addition to writing reports, the user can access some basic and important safety tips and have access to some tutorial videos covering the following subjects:-
Your Surroundings (Awareness skills to identify and avoid potentially dangerous situations)
Walking with Confidence (Body language techniques for kids)
Hand shake drill (Professional communication skills)
Profilers (Protecting information both on and off the internet)
Stress Relief for Kids
Knife crime avoidance – (Assess and avoid)
 V 1 of the app is on Google Play @ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.apploadmobile.staysafe
V 2 will include more languages and some parenting tips to improve behaviour
Creating an app like this has created mixed opinions from people I have previous worked with as some see it as a positive preventative measures solutions whilst others another use of technology that is hooking young people to their mobile devices. For me, anything that can support a child and their parents through what can be a very traumatic period has to be a positive thing.
There are some fantastic services around the UK and beyond to support victims of bullying and safeguarding issues but the facts are the number of people suffering is going up. My good friend and sometimes verbal sparring partner Jonathon who has run a very successful youth group for several years specifically for young people experiencing bullying has in the last 6 months seen a massive reduction in attendees at his sessions. He often tells me that he is finding it increasingly difficult to engage with some of his young members as they are becoming further intrenched into a world of privacy and loneliness. 
On  local radio show just a couple of weeks ago Jonathon and I were being interviewed about our work in the community when a young listener called into the station to tell us why she struggled to communicate with others about her problems. In just two sentences she said it all, "When I have told my teachers they don't believe me or do nothing about it and the problems get worse" and "I don't know what words to say to my mum to tell her how I feel so I say nothing"
Historically we throw huge sums of money at problems such as bullying, but you have to ask do we get a return for our investment. I was staggered several years ago when I heard that over £10,000,000 is spent every year in the UK on campaigns to highlight the problem of bullying in both schools and the workplace. 
Campaigns that involved people walking through city centres with banners or creating powerful imagery to populate websites. 
The Government recognise that the negative costs attached to bullying in the UK exceeds 2 billion pounds. WHAT !
1 in 5 young people experience bullying in school
250,000,000 teenagers experienced bullying in the UK last year
Nearly 650,000 young people said they considered suicide
16,000 kids stay of school every day due to bullying
1 in 7 adults experience bullying in the workplace
1 in 3 parents recognise they require educational support raising their children
A survey of 20,000 parents indicated that a staggering 71% of them had or were experiencing serious behaviour problems with their children
I am a great believer that the solution to any problem can be found through education so any use of technology to empower families with the skills to be able to assess and avoid dangerous situations has to be a good thing.
I also believe that any solution albeit through technology or face to face personal development training has to be delivered in an atmosphere of positivity. Key life skills can only really be absorbed properly when you feel energised and enthusiastic. 
Stay Safe is creating a positive message social media campaign in which comedy, music, dance and a few powerful images are used to support a positive change in our society 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mn63022wzqY&nohtml5=False
Something a few of the kids put together, which I think entertains and educates at the same time.
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FREE download from: www.staysafeapp.website
Also available is the popular PDF books
A parenting guide
Women's personal safety
The lIfe skills for Children course
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kids beat bullying - A solution
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