How to Protect Your child on A Smartphone

With 90% of under 16s having their own mobile phone, protection is more important than ever. Whilst a lot of our youngsters might not have their own phone still, over the Christmas holidays they may well use an adult’s smartphone at some point. Please see the link below for some more up to date information on how to protect them on sites that they might be interested in eg. Snapchat etc.

How to Protect Your Children on Their Smartphone

Feeling the Pressures of Christmas?

We all watch those adverts that make Christmas look perfect but often the reality is that we are struggling to keep up with the pressure and are feeling the strain of it all.

Below is a link to the NHS giving us some useful tips on how to keep healthy at Christmas, including winter exercise tips and recipe ideas for leftovers;

Worry that the children are watching too much TV? Do you have access to a printer? Then the website ‘Activity Village’ has lots of ideas to keep them going whilst you are wrapping presents and making Christmas dinner; Christmas colouring, arts and crafts, Christmas mazes etc.

Don’t forget your local library!
Waterlooville Library in the Precinct is open Mon-Wed 9am-5pm, Thurs & Sat 9am-7pm and closed on Sundays. A trip to the library to stock up on books before the Christmas holiday could be time very well spent. Children are allowed to take out 30 books at a time and this is a fantastic way to keep the children engaged and enjoying their reading over the holiday. You can join online, or in person, at any Hampshire library. You do not need any identification to join. You could use the printer there too whilst you’re at it!

If it’s all getting too much, try some relaxation techniques. Copy and paste the link below to find some helpful suggestions on how to relax and take the stress out of it all;

When it finally arrives-Happy Christmas!

The Dangers of YouTube

You may have seen news reports about inappropriate children’s videos on YouTube. The following information is a guide for parents and was produced by the Safeguarding Training Centre from The Key, in collaboration with National Online Safety.

What is the problem?

These are videos that, at first, appear to be for children, as they include cartoon characters such as Peppa Pig, or characters from Disney films such as Frozen. However, later on the videos become violent or disturbing. One, for example, shows Peppa Pig being tortured at the dentist.

The videos can appear in YouTube search results when children look for genuine children’s videos.

YouTube says that such videos will be age-restricted if they are reported by users, so they cannot be viewed by anyone under 18.

What safety options are there on YouTube Kids?

The YouTube Kids app automatically filters out inappropriate content. However, YouTube explains that “no algorithm is perfect” and “your child might find content you don’t want him or her to watch”.

To help protect your child in YouTube Kids, you can set parental controls and change settings: tap the ‘Lock’ icon in the bottom corner of any page, enter your custom passcode and click ‘Settings’. Here you can:
•Turn the search function off, so your child can only see recommended, curated videos under each category on the home screen: toggle ‘Search’ to off
•Set a timer to limit how much time your child spends on the app: select ‘Timer’ and use the slider bar or the plus and minus icons to set a time limit, then tap ‘Start Timer’

You can also block videos or channels you don’t want your child to watch:
•Tap the 3 dots (‘more’) at the top of the video, tap ‘Block’ and select ‘Block this video’ or ‘Block this channel’ to block the whole channel associated with the video
•Tap ‘Block’ again, then enter the numbers you see written on the screen, or your custom passcode

To report content to YouTube that you think is inappropriate, use the ‘flagging function’: tap the flag icon next to a video or comment and select your reason for flagging.

The app does have advertising, but YouTube says it restricts adverts that aren’t child-friendly.

What safety options are there on YouTube?

Turn on ‘restricted mode’

This hides videos that may contain inappropriate content. YouTube says that “no filter is 100% accurate, but it should help you avoid most inappropriate content”. To do this:
•On the website: click on the icon in the top-right corner that represents your YouTube account; in the drop-down menu look for ‘Restricted Mode’
•In the app: tap Settings, then ‘Restricted Mode Filtering’, and turn it on

Flag inappropriate videos

If you think a video or a comment on a video is inappropriate, you can use the ‘flagging feature’ to prompt YouTube staff to check it and decide whether to block or restrict it:
•Tap or click the flag icon next to a video or comment and select the reason for flagging

Flagged content is constantly reviewed to check for any violation of YouTube’s Community Guidelines.

How else can I help ensure my child’s safety online?

The tips below will help you to set rules for your child about accessing videos on the internet and their online behaviour, and support them to understand the risks and what to do if something happens.
•Try to have your child in the same room as you when they are using the internet, and discourage them from using headphones
•Chat to your child about what online videos might not be suitable for them to watch and share
•Regularly check the history of videos they have watched online for anything inappropriate, or create a playlist for them
•Encourage your child to tell you if they see something they find worrying or nasty
•If your child wants to share a video they have recorded, check they get permission from anyone who features in it before they upload it
•Tell your child not to give out any personal information or anything that can identify them, such as a school uniform or street name
•Regularly check comments made on your child’s videos. Talk to your child about how they could receive nasty or negative comments from other people, and what they should do if this happens
•If another YouTube user posts a video of your child or shares personal information without consent, you can ask for this content to be removed by using YouTube’s privacy complaint process

Where else can I go for support?

Policies, safety and reporting, YouTube.

Privacy complaint process, YouTube.

YouTube Kids parental guide, YouTube.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has a range of resources for parents on internet safety.

Absence, Attendance and Sickness

It’s the time of year again when the winter bugs are taking over! Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether to send your child in to school or not.
Please see Hampshire County Council’s useful leaflet for parents regarding attendance, by copying and pasting the following link below. It includes a useful table to show different illnesses and what action to take.

Want To Feel Better About Yourself?

Do you want to improve your health and feel better about yourself?
Is your self-confidence letting you down?
Are you stuck in a rut and keen to move on?
If yes, ‘My Horizons’ can help you broaden your horizons.

My Horizons is a new Wheatsheaf Trust project with Community Mentors that help people in Havant and surrounding areas who feel isolated and want to change their lives.

One of their experienced Advisors works alongside Mentors to help you overcome barriers to work, help you with the practical steps and show you how getting and keeping a job is something  you can achieve.

Whether you feel alone and would like to meet new friends, or considering getting involved in  something new but don’t have the self-confidence to take the first step, the Community Mentors are there to help.

The Community Mentors are locals who have overcome their own personal life challenges. They can meet you locally where you feel comfortable: a local cafe, community centre or taking a stroll through the park, to talk about how they can help.

Take the first step to broaden your horizons today!

For more information take a look at the website:

Contact details:
Via our Facebook Page- Wheatsheaf Trust Havant
Call: 023 9249 8950
Text: 07817 970532

Good luck!

Warm Home Discount this Winter

Are you eligible for the Warm Home Discount 2017-18?

There are two groups of residents that may be able to apply for a heating discount this winter; a core group which includes the elderly and vulnerable but also a broader group which includes others.

The criteria varies slightly between energy suppliers but is usually based on low income, means tested benefits and a vulnerability in the household e.g. disability, or child under 5.

You can check whether you would qualify for a heating discount by copying and pasting the following in to a search engine, then contacting your supplier by clicking on the relevant link;

Good luck and I hope it helps!

Fussy Eaters

Do you have a child who is a ‘fussy eater?’ Are you struggling with knowing how to handle it, what to say to them and what to cook them for dinner?
The following article will hopefully be helpful and give you some advice on how to tackle this difficult but quite common problem;

Tricia Pelling
Pastoral Lead

(ps. You may need to copy and paste and put in to a search engine if the link is not working.)

Half-term Fun

Here are a few ideas for half-term activities and fun things to do;

The Owl and the Pussycat
Combining stunning classical ballet, storytelling and beautiful costumes, this is a bite-sized humorous adaptation of the original Edward Lear poem designed specifically for young audiences.
The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, 56 East Street, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 1BS
21 Oct 2017, 11am

‘Stick Man’ Live On Stage
Touching, funny and utterly original, Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s STICK MAN.
New Theatre Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DD
23 Oct 2017 – 24 Oct 2017, 2:30pm
Standard: £15 / Concession: £13 / Family: £50

Crafty’s Creepy Castle – Trick or Treat Show
A family show particularly suitable for 2-7 year olds Where?
New Theatre Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DD
26 Oct 2017, 2pm – 3pm
Standard: £13 / Concession: £12 / Family: £45

Ensonglopedia of Science
Experience this one hour whirlwind journey through everything (well, nearly everything…) there is to know about science!
The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, 56 East Street, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 1BS
28 Oct 2017, 11.30am and 2.30pm
£8, £7 for 4 or more

For more information on the above and other activities please copy and paste the link below;

Army Medical Services Museum, Keogh Barracks, Ash Vale, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU12 5RQ

This museum tells the story of military medicine, nursing, dental and veterinary science from about 1660 until the present day. It houses not only military uniforms, medals and equipment but also medical equipment and apparatus dating from 1715. There are also military ambulances, an Ambulance Train Ward Coach and a WWI Horse Drawn Ambulance.

A main attraction is the carriage used by Florence Nightingale during her time in the Crimea.

Open Jan – Dec

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01252 340 212
Fax: 01252 340 332

-Read a story together
-Learn a song together
-Make a cake
-Play a board game
-Make a puppet from a paper bag or old sock
-Put some music on and dance together, or do exercises together
-Paint some pasta and string it together to make some pasta jewellery
-Make up a counting in 2s, 5s and 10s rap
-Practice learning your address and telephone number off by heart
-Make some play dough together (recipe below)

How to make play dough;
1 cup plain flour
half cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup water with food coluring added
1 teaspoon vanilla essence (makes it smell nicer)
Put all the ingredients into a large saucepan and stir over a medium heat until the dough forms into a ball. Allow to cool, then knead until smooth. Store in an airtight container.

Hope you have fun!

Tips for Talking for Parents and Carers

Are you worried about your child? Are you finding it hard to ask the right questions without making things worse? The Schools in Mind network has produced a new resource to help parents and carers start conversations about their emotions, feelings and general mental health. Please copy and paste the link below for extra information and helpful advice;

Home alone? Going out alone?

I often get asked by parents what age are children allowed to be left alone on their own, or go out on their own for the first time? There are no legal set ages but lots of things need to be taken in to consideration, for example, is your child mature enough to be able to cope if there was a problem or emergency? Will they act responsibly?
The following leaflets by the NSPCC may be a helpful guide to help you in your decision making;
1. Staying home alone-

2. Going out alone-

I hope you find them useful.

Tricia Pelling

Pastoral Lead