SUPPORTING PARENTS HELPFINDER
Times are tough for many people right now. Parents find themselves pulled in many different direction and children may be struggling being in the house for so much longer than usual.
A mixture of concern about covid, work from home and children at home, along with a possible financial impact make for a stressful household. Young Minds have created a useful ‘Supporting Parents Helpfinder’.
By answering six questions, parents can find out how to support their child’s mental health during the pandemic (and beyond). Find the help by clicking here.
Our Advice for Parents
Whilst our school has comprehensive safeguarding arrangements in place to ensure our students’ online safety, it is equally as important for parents to talk to their children about online safety and monitor their internet usage at home, using age-appropriate parental controls to restrict their access to unsavoury material. Parental controls can be activated on home broadband, search engines, YouTube, mobile phones and games consoles.
Whilst it may not always be easy to talk to your child about challenging issues such as sexting, cyber bullying, and pornography, if you are open and honest with them about the dangers they may encounter online, it may encourage them to confide in you in the future. If you are concerned that your child is being secretive or spending too much time online, it may be worth moving their computer into a communal family area so that you can keep an eye on them.
You should encourage your child to act responsibility online, and treat others as they would wish to be treated. You should also warn your child that they should never hide behind an anonymous user name to make unkind comments, or say something they would be reluctant to repeat during face-to-face interactions. Remind your child that the comments they make and the pictures and videos they post online may end up having a wider audience than they anticipated – and even if they delete them, there’s no guarantee that someone hasn’t already saved, downloaded or taken a screen shot of their post.
We ask you all to stand up and to speak out.
If you have any concerns regarding the wellbeing of your or any other JFS student, Please contact the relevant Year Team or the safeguarding team on: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE FOUR QUESITONS TO ASK
TO KEEP YOUR CHILDREN SAFE
Online predators are an ever-present risk,
a senior Metropolitan Police officer warns
Please click here to read the
article and the advice
offered about keeping your children safe.
Better Health – Every Mind Matters
Public Health England are launching the Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign to support the nation’s mental wellbeing with the encouragement that “When things aren’t so good out there, make inside feel better”.
The campaign is being supported by the NHS, local authorities and a range of mental health charities, health organisations as well as other charities and commercial sector partners.
The Every Mind Matters platform has been continuously updated to support people during the COVID-19 outbreak.
It’s Good to Talk!
Sometimes it is difficult to describe and talk about how you are feeling. Ask your child to point to where they feel they are at on the charts below. This this may make it easier to engage in a discussion about they are feeling.