You may already be aware of the SimSimi App, but we wanted to let you know that within schools in Northern Ireland a number of young people have recently presented in counselling because of bullying through this facility.

Access to the App has been temporarily suspended in the Republic of Ireland, but is still available to children here.

Below is a link to a BBC News article on the issue which you may find helpful.  St Columb’s would ask that Parents and Guardians check their child’s electronic devices and ensure that this App, if found, is immediately removed. The College community does not condone nor tolerate bullying behaviour of any sort.

If you are concerned about the safety and wellbeing of your child you can access support through the school Safeguarding Team or agencies such as Childline.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39453542

 


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