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Within this section a topical subject matter is covered each week, whether taken from the likes of the world’s media or through the requests of the reader by emailing: admin@hands2gether.co.uk.

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Children’s Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health Week is organised by the Place2Be charity and is taking place from February 7th-13th 2022, with Tuesday 08 February celebrating National Safer Internet Use Day. This year’s theme is ‘Growing Together’, a great time to look back and appreciate how far we’ve come, and how we can help others on their journeys in the future.

One in six children have a diagnosable mental health issue, so it’s really important to help each other out when we can, and to find ways to take care of our minds. One very simple but powerful way to encourage emotional growth within ourselves and others is through kindness.

The site holds resources for teachers and children, along with a range of free video lesson plans,

which focus on all aspects of kindness and are a great resource for Children’s Mental Health Week. They cover topics such as the impact kindness has on our physical and mental health, the importance of self-kindness, and how kindness can help us connect with others. Lesson plans are designed for Key Stage 1 & 2 and meet many of the aims and objectives of the PSHE curriculum Browse Lesson Plans.

There is a free Kids’ Kindness Club with fortnightly email newsletter that include kindness challenges, kind stories, competitions, quizzes, activities and the chance to earn your Kindness Badge and win prizes! Join the Free Kids’ Kindness Club and a selection of kind books, proven to be favourites among children Browse Kindness Books

Find out more here….Children’s Mental Health Week – School of Kindness

 
 

Net Awareness and the effect of social media on children and young people

The NSPCC have a dedicated website for everything ‘Net Awareness’, where you can find a helpful parental guide to social networks, apps and games including links to a host of useful tips on everything from the effect of social media on children, to supporting your child’s online wellbeing.  More can be found here: www.net-aware.org.uk, however detailed below are a number of interesting links:

Helpful tips to help keep your child safe on social media

Signs of cyberbullying and tips to help you deal with it

Talking to people online: When should I be worried?

Screen Time

Tips to help keep your child safe, with guidance on sharing online images and videos

Support your child’s wellbeing online, with tips on how to talk to your child

If you require further help and support please use one of the dedicated contact options below:

If you’re worried about online grooming or sexual behaviour online can contact CEOP

If you discover any criminal content when you’re online you should report it to the Internet Watch Foundation

If you feel overwhelmed talking about staying safe online – especially when your children are using the internet differently to you, there is advice and support available from setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps, which can be accessed through the guides below

How to start talking to your child about online safety

NSPCC are offering free webinars for groups of parents and carers, making it easy for you to keep your family safe online. Email us to book your place.

Get expert risk ratings and age recommendations on our reviewed apps, sites and games. We provide a safety and support rating to help parents make informed decisions. Visit NetAware.

Whatever your worry call: 0808 800 5000 / email: help@nspcc.org.uk or fill in the online form to get advice and support from safeguarding experts.


 

 

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  1. Rebecca

    Incredibly useful guides and information on how to deal with too much screen time and how to monitor content. So far I have complete trust in my children, however I guess the message here is that even when you have faith because your kids are good by nature, you should still monitor their content. Every child is capable of being manipulated, particularly through their younger years when they have less of an understanding. I’m really interested to hear how others deal with this virtual world we live in? Although we are strict with screen time I definitely don’t monitor as much as I should, I will be now though!

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