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Child Online Safety

You will all have heard about the recent online scares regarding the MOMO challenge, along with the creepy image and the disturbing information.

There are lots of articles and stories out there now saying that it was a hoax, but by the very nature of it going viral, the Government taking appropriate action, schools and parents taking extra precautions… this in itself has a huge impact on children discussing it with friends in the playground etc.

There are so many devices, apps and online platforms for children now that youngster being online these days is taken for granted and part of the norm.  The MOMO challenge threat led me to look into child online safety to bring not only myself up to date, but to share it with you too.

Some of the advice out there might be obvious but with busy lives, these things can easily be forgotten.

Talk To Your Child

With the digital world changing all the time, the NSPCC recommends:

Help them to stay safe online by working as a team and following these simple steps:

NSPCC Online Safety Advice

Teach Your Child To Be Share Aware

Being careful about what personal information we share online is obvious to you and I, however, kids can innocently pass this information on to strangers.  The NSPCC have created a video that you can show your children, if you feel it is appropriate for them.  You can find the video HERE – take a look to see if you think it might help your personal situation.

Inform Yourself

Find out more about the social networks, and online games, your kids use by visiting Net Aware.  Find out about age ratings and how they are used.

There are two official ways you can assess if a particular title is suitable for your child.  Both the BBFC (ratings for films, TV and music videos) and PEGI (ratings for games) have search facilities to enable parents to look up individual titles to check age ratings and suitability.

Online Safety - Age Ratings

Bought Your Child A New Device?

Set up the device together and use it as a starting point to having conversations about online safety. This can help build trust and confidence, enabling your child to know what to do if they ever feel troubled or unsafe. There are also settings to help with preventing children from viewing upsetting or inappropriate content, managing which apps can be downloaded, limiting purchases within them and turning off location sharing.

If you would like some expert advice in setting your child’s device up, O2 online safety gurus are NSPCC trained advisors and they are based in O2 stores.  Book your appointment here.  The service is free of charge regardless of network.

Parental Controls

Quite often the things that are the most obvious are the ones overlooked.

Set up parental controls on all devices your child/ children has access to.  Give yourself the peace of mind to know they are only viewing things suitable for their age.

Get Advice

If you want to talk to someone about online safety regarding parental controls, privacy and social networks the NSPCC, in conjunction with O2 have set up a helpline.  You can contact them at 0808 800 5002.

What Else We, As Parents, Can Do

  • Get involved with your child’s online life
  • Be fully aware of everything your child is exposed to online.
  • Keep them safe and monitor their online activity regularly.

Further Information

For more information about internet safety for children, the NSPCC website is very helpful.

I also found the website National Online Safety very helpful. There are guides for all social media platforms and they even have parent courses if you feel this might be beneficial, or if you want that extra peace of mind.

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Mental Health Awareness Week

13th – 19th May 2019

The Mental Health Foundation is a charity specialising in research, with a focus on preventing mental health problems.

Every year the Mental Health Foundation host Mental Health Awareness Week.  This year’s focus is on body image, and how we think and feel about our bodies.

The thoughts and feelings we have about our bodies can affect us throughout our lives, altering the way we feel about ourselves, our mental health and wellbeing.  Although having a negative body image is not a mental health problem, it can be a risk factor and can attribute to mental health problems.  Research has found that higher body dissatisfaction is linked to having a poor quality of life, psychological distress and can be associated with eating disorders.

Body image concerns can arise from many different factors including how we are expected to look, exposure to unrealistic body images in the media, and relationships with family and friends.

#BeBodyKind

Where To Get Help

If you know someone who is showing signs of being affecting by mental health concerns, the following specialists can help:

  • Samaritans
  • Mind
  • Rethink Mental Illness
  • Healthy Minds Bury
  • Your GP

Samaritans

The Samaritans offer help and support 24 hours a day. They will listen to your concerns so you can unburden yourself.  Chats with the Samaritans are in confidence, non-judgemental, you talk and they listen.

The Samaritans also help provide teaching staff with step by step training to assist students that require support.  If you feel a child requires help, and may find it easier to talk to someone they know, please ask school for assistance.

The service is free and you can ring free on 116 123.

If it’s easier to write down your thoughts and feelings you can email them at jo@samaritans.org (24 hour response time).

Mind

Mind offer an information line which can provide advice on: –

  • types of mental health problems
  • where to get help
  • drug and alternative treatments
  • advocacy

LATEST NEWS IN BURY - Mind For Better Mental Health

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink is an advice and information helpline.  Their goal is for a better life for anyone affected by mental illness. They can help with: –

  • benefits
  • debt
  • money issues
  • police
  • court
  • prison
  • different types of therapy and medication
  • your rights under the Mental Health Act

The service is available Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm, and you can contact them on  0300 5000 927 (local rates).

LATEST NEWS IN BURY - Rethink Mental Illness

Healthy Minds Bury

Healthy Minds is a service run by professionals, available to anyone over the age of 16 residing in Bury or registered with a GP in Bury.

The service offers support to anyone suffering from:

  • difficulty sleeping
  • low self worth
  • low mood
  • stress
  • worry
  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • long-term health problems/ pain
  • OCD
  • phobias
  • post-natal depression
  • eating difficulties
  • post traumatic stress

Therapists and counsellors can find a level of treatment that is right for you, or your loved one, whether it be a workshop, telephone conversation or one to one therapy session.

To get help from Healthy Minds Bury, contact your GP or other Healthcare Professional.  Alternatively, you can contact them directly using the online form HERE.

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Your GP

Your GP will be able to discuss the various options with you, including the best treatment for you and whether any drug intervention is recommended.

Other Areas of Mental Health

Given that it is the time of year for SATs, GCSEs and A-Levels, it is an important time to keep an eye on our children, and young people.  It is vital to watch out for signs of stress and anxiety as pressures build during this stressful time.

Signs to look out for are: –

  • Headaches
  • Stomach ache
  • Mood swings
  • Quietness
  • Lack of sleep
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low mood
  • Negative

For helpful hints and tips from a variety of professionals in this field, take a look at our full article on exam stress HERE

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Duke & Duchess of Sussex Introduce ‘Baby Sussex’

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have introduced Baby Sussex to the world.

The baby slept soundly in his proud father’s arms as the press took photographs and asked how the baby was doing.  Meghan described the baby as having the sweetest temperament.  She also added that she has “the best two men in the world and that she couldn’t be happier”.

 

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* Photographs courtesy of Sky News

The couple were on their way to introduce the baby to his great grandparents, The Queen and The Duke.

Big Tennis Weekend

Come and try tennis for free at Nature Valley’s Big Tennis Weekend.

There will be a variety of sessions available, including:

  • Mini Tennis
  • Family Time
  • Free Play
  • Cardio Tennis and many more!

Equipment will be provided on the day.

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Big Tennis Weekend

Come and try tennis for free at Nature Valley’s Big Tennis Weekend.

There will be a variety of sessions available, including:

  • Mini Tennis
  • Family Time
  • Free Play
  • Cardio Tennis and many more!

Equipment will be provided on the day.

Big Tennis Weekend

Come and try tennis for free at Nature Valley’s Big Tennis Weekend.

There will be a variety of sessions available, including:

  • Mini Tennis
  • Family Time
  • Free Play
  • Cardio Tennis and many more!

Equipment will be provided on the day.

Big Tennis Weekend

Come and try tennis for free at Nature Valley’s Big Tennis Weekend.

There will be a variety of sessions available, including:

  • Mini Tennis
  • Family Time
  • Free Play
  • Cardio Tennis and many more!

Equipment will be provided on the day.

Big Tennis Weekend

Come and try tennis for free at Nature Valley’s Big Tennis Weekend.

There will be a variety of sessions available, including:

  • Mini Tennis
  • Family Time
  • Free Play
  • Cardio Tennis and many more!

Equipment will be provided on the day.

 

Big Tennis Weekend

Come and try tennis for free at Nature Valley’s Big Tennis Weekend.

There will be a variety of sessions available, including:

  • Mini Tennis
  • Family Time
  • Free Play
  • Cardio Tennis and many more!

Equipment will be provided on the day.