Online Safety Resources for Parents

From the School Newsletter – Friday Flier 28th February 2020

A virtual private network (VPN) gives you online privacy and anonymity by creating a private network from a public internet connection. For example, this means you can bank securely. Like many things, VPNs can be used for a good…and for bad.
There are VPN apps that can be downloaded that allow children to have a virtual private network. This allows them to access adult sites and due to the fact that the VPN can make it look like you are in another time zone they can be accessed at anytime of the day. We have had quite a few children accessing a site called Porn Hub this way. When children have been questioned as to how they found out about VPN’s they have said it’s either by word of mouth from their peers or it has popped up whilst watching YouTube.’

From the School Newsletter – Friday Flier 14th February 2020

The best parental-control apps for smartphones can help you track your kids, see with whom they’re communicating, block them from viewing objectionable or dangerous websites, and even help kids understand limits while preventing them from seeing adult content or chatting with inappropriate people. The following links can be found on the Michael Hall website.

Parental Controls (Internet Matters)

The Best Parental Control Software for 2019

Best parental control apps for Android and iPhone 2020

From the School Newsletter – Friday Flier 31st January 2020

Drugs, Alcohol and YouYou might take drugs for all kinds of different reasons. You might do it to fit in with a group, or because you want to try something new and find out what it’s like. Or it could be to deal with family problems, or cope with difficult experiences  you’ve had. Maybe you’ve been offered drugs, or you know other people who use them. If so, its a good idea to know the facts about drugs and alcohol, how they affect your mental health, and where to go if you ever want help and advice.Drugs & Alcohol – Please see the following link for students and parents. Childline – not just a phone call. The Childline website has lots of valuable information, but one area I like is their Calm Zone. The activities aim to help children feel better when they’re feeling anxious, scared or sad. Although children could be encouraged to visit the website themselves, these are good techniques for adults use with children. Ideas include: breathing exercises, a ‘let it go’ box and creating a ‘sense drawer’.  Please follow the link: Childline 

From the School Newsletter – Friday Flier 24th January 2020

Mental Health Week – 3rd – 9th February 2020 (Place2be)

The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is ‘Find your Brave’. Life is all about taking small brave steps every day. Bravery could be about sharing worries and asking for help when you need it, trying something new or making the right choices.

Life often throws us challenges. Bravery isn’t about coping alone or holding things in. It’s about finding positive ways to deal with things that might be difficult, overcoming physical and mental challenges and looking after yourself.

Place2be have created a range of age-appropriate assembly guides and class activities, along with top tips for pupils and parents. The free resources will help children and young people explore what it means to be brave.More information and resources can be found here  Children’s Mental Health Week

From the School Newsletter – Friday Flier 17th January 2020

Tackling the issue of safeguarding in private tuition (FE News)

People are often surprised to find that private tutors are not required to have an Enhanced DBS check to work with children and young people, even in 1:1 situations. The tutoring industry is largely unregulated and given that 27% of 11 – 16 year olds have had private tuition in the last 12-months (41% in London)*, this is of concern.
The Tutors’ Association (TTA) President, Tim Morris, is a vocal advocate for regulation in this area and shares his thoughts in a useful article in a recent edition of FE News, which can be found on here.Parental Mental Illness Research Magazine Special Edition (Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health)The ACAMH recently published a special edition of their research-based magazine looking at the impact of children who live with parental mental ill-health.
New data published in Lancet Public Health show that nearly a quarter of children aged between 0 and 16 years are exposed to maternal mental illness. Researchers defined this as depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders, personality disorders and alcohol misuse disorder or substance misuse disorder. One study found that paternal depression symptoms were significantly associated with depression symptoms in adolescents.Magazine pdf.

From the School Newsletter – Friday Flier 10th January 2020

Transitions back into school.

For some children returning to school, the transition from home over the holidays may not be easy. Beacon House therapeutic services and trauma team have a wide-range of resources on their website, including one about managing transitions.

You can download the top tips here.

From the School Newsletter – Friday Flier 13th December 2019

Christmas Time… Just because it is Christmas… looking after yourself.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” is what I hear constantly at Christmas. Whether it’s on the radio, the telly or out in public, we are constantly told that Christmas is a time to be happy.

But what if you’re not happy?

Please see the Young Minds link to staying healthy at Christmas, it’s also a great resource for young peoples mental wellbeing.

From the School Newsletter – Friday Flier 6th December 2019

Following the London Bridge incident on Friday 29th November, we have added these three links which might be helpful:

Supporting children worried about terrorism (NSPCC)

How to talk to children about terrorism (The Conversation)

Age Appropriate Support Guideposts Following a Traumatic Event – Parry and Oldfield

From the School Newsletter – Friday Flier 29th November 2019

20th November 2019, marked the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
(UNCRC). This is the most widely ratified treaty in the world where in 1989, more than 190 countries in the world
agreed on the rights of the child.

Being aware of this Convention help us to become ‘Rights Informed’ and the Scottish government
have illustrated a child friendly version of the rights of each child can be found here

From the School Newsletter – Friday Flier 22nd November 2019

Safeguarding Resources for Parents
Keeping Children Safe – NSPCC has a number of tips and advice to help you keep children safe whether they’re at home, out and about, online and other.

Wellbeing Resources for Parents & Children
Resilience is the word of the decade and it derives from the Latin word resilio, literally meaning to jump (or bounce) back. Loosely termed, its means ones ability to overcome adversity.
Two resources that might come in useful whilst navigating the Season of busyness, socialising and exam revision.
Anxiety explained for teens                  Academic Resilience 

From the School Newsletter – Friday Flier 15th November 2019

Safeguarding Resources for Parents
NSPCC Keeping Children Safe – From talking PANTS to approaching difficult issues, we have a range of tips and advice to help you keep children safe whether they’re at home, out and about or online. More information can be found here

Wellbeing Resources for Parents & Children
Wellbeing and resilience are important in preventing the onset of mental health problems. Wellbeing and resilience are vital to developing efficient problem solving skills, building and maintaining interpersonal relationships and realistic goal setting, all of which greatly enhance an individual’s ability to perform and contribute meaningfully in daily life.
Two online resources for parents below;
(1) Children’s wellbeing is closely bound to their parents’ wellbeing. Find out how to improve parents’ wellbeing and, consequently, their children’s here
(2) The NHS Guide 5 steps to Mental Wellbeing – Connect with other people, Be Physically Active, Learn New Skills, Help others, Pay Attention to the Present Moment (Mindfulness) here