What Can I Do to Protect My Child on The Internet?
Posted by: Sue Atkins
In this episode:
What Can I Do to Protect My Child on The Internet?
What Age should Children Stop Sleeping with Their Parents?
At What Age Does Divorce Affect A Child?
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ClickView, who have launched a campaign to help students take care of their mental health during lockdown, with free resources for both Primary and Secondary schools.
The #WatchYourWellbeing campaign is in response to the warning issued by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, who said ‘school closures, cancelled exams, empty lecture halls and lockdown threatened a mental health crisis that could plague the current generation of children for years to come’ (source), alongside reports from Childline of a rise in demand for mental health counselling.
Michael Wilkinson, Managing Director of ClickView UK said –
“With so many changes in such a short space of time, the impact of ongoing lockdown restrictions is felt far and wide across the UK, by people of all ages. It is so important that we are giving the mental health and wellbeing of both students and teachers the time and attention it deserves. Our hope with the ‘Watch Your Wellbeing’ campaign is that it can add to the positive conversation on the importance of having open and honest discussions about mental health, whilst also providing helpful expert resources that students can access for free from home.”
Internet Safety Day
it was internet Safety Day on Tuesday & Sue did a media day with AVG & was on 26 radio stations around the UK – theme of “Together for a better internet” . She was talking about the research from AVG Technologies about families having to have the Birds and the Bees talk earlier than 11 years old since lockdowns.
AVG is creating a blog with Sue’s tips. Take a look at Sue’s comments on their Birds & Bees Survey – https://www.avg.com
Sue was quoted in The Telegraph and reached 5 million listeners on the campaign to help parents with ‘The Talk’ including being interviewed on The Daily Mail podcast.
Sue Atkins, UK Parenting Coach and Expert, said: “It’s clear that more time spent inside and online is increasing the rate at which children are exposed to inappropriate and adult material. Though, from AVG’s findings, it’s positive to understand that parents are having frank and open conversations with their children about sex and relationships at the same time. “When approaching conversations with children, it’s important to firstly start by understanding what they know already. Give your children the facts, and correct any misinformation they may have encountered there and then. If a child is exposed to adult content online, and this raises questions, it’s truly helpful for parents to be prepared and relaxed when they have these important conversations with their children, and to feel confident answering their questions honestly and openly.”
Tips for parents facing “the talk” with their children:
- Talking with kids about sex and relationships is a lifelong conversation. Doing a little bit at a time instead of having “the talk” takes the pressure off you, and helps your child process your values and information over time. Having regular conversations also sends the message that these topics are important enough to keep bringing up and are a normal part of life.
- Create a safe space for conversation. It’s important for your child to feel OK about coming to you for reliable, honest information. So, be truthful, relaxed, and confident.
- Explain things at a level your child can understand, and make sure your child has the facts.
- Don’t jump to conclusions about why they’re asking what they’re asking. You can say: “Tell me what you already know about that?”
- Keep your answers short and simple and after giving an answer, keep the conversation open. You can say: “What other questions do you have?”
- Check their understanding and ask, “Does that answer your question?”
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You may be feeling tired but find it hard to get to sleep. Maybe you’re waking up frequently during the night, and worrying about the current situation? Perhaps you’ve even started experiencing strange and vivid dreams when you do fall asleep?
During times of uncertainty, it’s common to have some disruption to your normal sleep pattern. Feeling more worried and stressed makes it hard to switch off and can affect both the amount and quality of sleep you get.
If you’re feeling anxious it can sometimes cause you to have frightening dreams. This can lead to symptoms such as screaming, kicking, or sleepwalking – also known as night terrors.
Try these 10 tips for better sleep from Dr Samantha Wild – General Practitioner at Bupa UK
Watch Sue every Friday on YouTube at 8pm – next them is Divorce Step by Step
I have 8 videos called Divorce Step by Step covering the below:
- Telling the kids
- What to tell the people around you.
- Divorce – the ages and stages for children
- What the children think.
- Your wellbeing
- Taking sides.
- Divorce – kids and discipline
- Avoiding conflict
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