During the Covid period, the time we have spent online has risen massively. This is both for parents and children. It is really important to set boundaries around screen time early, ahead of the teen years. This is especially important at night time. Good sleep patterns are essential to good learning! Please see this video explaining the need for sensible boundaries.
Age limits for games and apps need to be respected. If all parents choose to follow the age limits, then no children can feel like they are being left out. If games or apps have any sort of chat feature then safety relies on you knowing who your children are talking to.
In school we teach children to talk to an adult if they have a worry about something online. This means adults need to be available to children when they are online. This is why night time access to the internet should be prevented. If a child has a worry about something online overnight, they are likely to worry and not get help or reassurance.
Parents in school have recommended this online safety tool: https://families.google.com/familylink/#
Think before you post
We also teach our children to be careful of what they post online. They should not share images or text that reveals their identity this could include simple things like school uniform or local landmarks. Also, children often don't understand the impact of what they might say or share to their friends. They press send very quickly and don't realise the way what they share is understood by the other person.
The Thrive Approach has been developed over many years to support children’s emotional and social development and help them feel happy and secure, able to enjoy friendships, relate well to others and be ready and able to learn.
Positive relationships are at the heart of Thrive. Schools and families can use these relationships, together with play and creative activities, to give children key experiences at each different stage of their development. Repetition of these activities supports their development too, helping them to:
• feel good about themselves and know that they matter
• increase their sense of security and trust
• increase their emotional well-being
• improve their capacity to be creative and curious
• increase their self-esteem and confidence
• learn to recognise and regulate their feelings
• learn to think before behaving in a certain way
With all the uncertainty and changes around at present, we will be putting activities and resources into this section weekly. They are all activities you can do at home regardless of the age of your children. They are designed to help you play, explore, relax and enjoy each other's company.
These links are provided to help parental awareness of local childcare