A new kick-starter campaign marketed for children has started and it is called Safety Aware. The developer of this campaign has a story on how she came to the decision to start Safety Aware.
In the beginning
The beginning of this journey reflects on this lady’s own childhood experiences and how things have changed from the ’50s to the 21st Century teens. First autism was used for diagnostic purposes in 1943 and has become a term that many families are used to or familiar with today. Child abuse is also a familiar social problem all adults know about; some through exposure to the negative experience itself.
The Australian government “Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics” reports that there is a steady increase in notifications made for child neglect and abuse in recent times (2011-2016) which could represent an overall increase in the prevalence of child abuse.
Institute of Health and Welfare
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has also noted an increase in autism in recent years. Although statistic should be more representative of differences in diagnostic criteria for autism and reported vs. actual abuse in the statistics of child abuse, everyone seems to agree that both problems have increased over-time. With technology’s growth curve, it was only a matter of time before it could be used as a tool to address these problems.
An invention of the I-Pad/Tablet
The invention of these I-Pad/Tablets provides a new and engaging platform to showcase numerous apps that can inspire, entertain, and educate the masses. Its visual-friendly platform shows great promise to children with autism who can process visual information quickly as well as effortlessly.
The developer set out to develop a child protection App designed for those children with autism and which could also be used for all children between the ages of 7-14.
The developer of this kickstart project was a teacher for over 30 years and a survivor of child abuse. So, this project is a vital part of her life’s work. If she can help one child; then her app has achieved a major of success. But she wants to help more.