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Recent studies show that children's mental health issues are on the rise. As children mature their worries do too. The fear of the dark develops into worries about academic tests and family issues. In their search for answers, children turn to the internet, a wealth of information... that is also unsafe and unfiltered.

The sole aim of The Worrinots app is to help children communicate their fears, worries and anxieties in a way that is easy, accessible and trusted by parents. 

The app encourages children to share their fears, worries and anxieties early on before they fester and become greater issues in later life. Our ‘child-first’ philosophy has driven every step of the design and development, as we recognise that many children's worries are compounded by verbalising their fears. And many adults don’t always know the best way to approach difficult issues, even if they mean well.

The Worrinots app is therefore intended to act as a better-informed solution than the DIY method that some adults think will work. The Worrinots app suite has been designed with security of data in mind, as Oakley Mobile understands the sensitive nature of what is being entered and also the responsibility of how responses could influence a child’s behaviour.

 

How does The Worrinots app work?

The Worrinots app tackles fears head-on whilst providing long-term coping mechanisms in three simple steps:

1: Share the fear

Chomp, Shakey, Rip and Stomp are one of four characters children can choose to be able to communicate their fears, worries and anxieties to. Messages can be communicated in a number of methods within the app; writing, talking or voice recording.

2: Watch it disappear

Once the worry is written it is sent off by the child at the touch of a button. Chomp, Shakey, Rip or Stomp will then show children how they ‘make the fear disappear’ in their own unique and humorous ways.

3: Tips & Tactics

Sharing a worry is only part of making 'the fear disapear'. The 'WorriTips' have been developed with expert insight from child psychologists and provide children with longer-term support regarding their specific worries or anxieties.

 

"We implement the class worryboxes as it's the best we can do...but as teachers we recognise it's not what children need in the long term"

2016 independent school research carried out by The Worrinots c/o Oakley Mobile Ltd

 

‘Recent Kaspersky Lab research found that 77% of UK children are actively using the internet by the age of 10 and nearly half (43%) believe they are more ‘internet-savvy’ than their parents by the age of 13’

David Mole, Head of Retail, Kaspersky Lab

Education Technology, Page 33.  Article name: Beating the Cyber Bullies.
ET Editor Rebecca Paddick asks the Roundtable: How do we keep kids safe from online bullying?

 

The Creators

Without further ado, here's a few of the clever lot behind The Worrinots:

Hannah Pearce

Project Manager

 

When she’s not being a busy Wife to one, Mum of two, family taxi driver, app developer, Prince2 qualified project manager and all-round technical plate spinner, Hannah has the unenviable task of making sure Chomp gets his five a day.

John Gladman

Managing Director

 

Separated at birth from Lord Sugar, John started the Oakley group of companies two decades ago after running a highly successful IT and computer maintenance company. It’s fair to say that John doesn’t like technology, he loves it!

Barry Richardson

Creative Director

 

Some say he’s obsessed with sticky back plastic and the smell of Pantone marker pens …and that his childhood heroes were Walt Disney, Neil Buchanan and Tony Hart (not necessarily in that order). All we know is... he’s called The Crayola Kid.

Tracy Gladman

Business Manager

 

From working in infant schools and learning support units in secondary schools, to serving with Essex Police on numerous safeguarding youth projects in junior schools, Tracy has spent more time in class than a retired Ofsted inspector.

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