With all the uncertainty of the current situation, it is important to remember to look after both your child’s mental well-being and your own. Below we have included some useful links and activities to help with this whilst you are staying at home.
It is important to have regular conversations about staying safe online and to encourage children to speak to you if they come across something worrying online.
These resources provide guidance for parents and carers to keep children safe online. They will, amongst other things, support you to talk to your child about a range of online safety issues, set up home filtering in a child-friendly way and set up age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices:
For more details visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safe-online?priority-taxon=b350e61d-1db9-4cc2-bb44-fab02882ac25
Apps to help children stay safe online
The BBC have a website and app called . The website has a lot of content for children to help them navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most. It can be downloaded for free in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Support for children
As the current situation can be incredibly confusing for some children, openly discussing thoughts and feelings is an important form of expression. The activities below are designed to help children relax and express their feelings. Promoting positive mental health and physical wellbeing.
The link below will take you to a free information book explaining the coronavirus to children. It is illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator, Axel Scheffler and has been written to explain the current situation in an age appropriate manner.
There are lots of websites offering free downloadable resources that can be used at home to enhance personal well-being. These can be a good way to relax and have some quality time together.