For our Year 6 children the transition to secondary school is very much on their minds. For some this is an exciting thought and a start of a new adventure. For others this time of change can be difficult for them to manage and they may need some help.
Please follow the link/copy and paste below to help with support in times of change and difficulty;
Havant School Nurse Team are offering a School Nurse Health Drop In on Tuesday 10th April between 12pm and 2pm at Park Community School, Middle Park Way, Havant, PO9 4BU.
This Drop in is available to all school aged children in the area and can be accessed through the main school reception.
There will be School Nurses available in the dining area to discuss any concerns that you have about your child/children.
They hope to provide this service during all school holidays in the future. I hope that you find it useful.
Child and Family Support
Hampshire are very excited to have recently launched their new CAMHS website (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service).
Please take some time to have a good look at it, as it contains some really helpful advice on issues affecting children and young people such as, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, hyperactivity and many more.
It also contains a parent/carer section, giving advice on how to support with difficult times such as a family break up, bereavement, coping with sleep disorders, negative body image and so on.
I hope you find it useful.
Child and Family Support
Feel like you’ve been putting off exercise over the winter months?
The NHS have put together some resources on the correct levels of fitness, exercise, healthy eating etc. to help us all get through the winter and plan for a more active start to Spring. Please follow the link below (or copy and paste) for more information;
Tuesday 6th February 2018 has been nominated ‘Safer Internet Day 2018’ in the UK.
Please copy and paste the link below for a useful education pack for parents and carers. It contains activities, conversation starters, website links and useful advice. Hopefully it will help towards keeping your child/children safe on-line.
Support4SEND, Parent Voice and Hampshire Parent Carer Network (HPCN) are pleased to announce that their next Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Day 2018 will be held on;
Saturday 24 March 2018
10.00am to 3.00pm
at Noadswood School, Dibden Purlieu SO45 4ZF.
Information about the organisers can be found via their websites: www.hants.gov.uk/support4send, www.parentvoice.info, www.hpcn.org.uk
An impartial information, advice and support service for parents, carers, children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
HPCN – Who we are
Hampshire Parent Carer Network (HPCN) is an independent charitable organisation working throughout Hampshire.
We have been holding these free events for many years, giving families and practitioners the opportunity to gather information about support and services available across the county. They have become increasingly popular, not only with families and professionals but also with exhibitors, who welcome the opportunity it gives them to meet families and offer their support. We anticipate there will be 40+ exhibitors from support services, statutory services and commercial organisations to be on hand on the day to chat with visitors and offer information and advice.
The whole event is free to visitors, other than refreshments and food, which will be available to buy. There will be ample free parking on site and disabled access. We also hope to have some entertainment for children accompanying their parents.
The planning of workshops and talks is well under way, and we expect to have full details available within the next two weeks. Topics so far confirmed include:
– an overview of autism
– empowering parent carers to speak up for their child or young person with additional needs
– living with dyspraxia
– Career Companion, gateway to careers, learning and training information on the internet
– social and friendship skills
– supporting teenage girls with high functioning autism
– transition from Early Years to school
– the EHC needs assessment process
Please see www.hants.gov.uk/support4send, or ring 01962 845870 for more information.
We might have been busy in January with our New Year Resolutions but ‘Fit Fest’ is encouraging us to carry on thinking about our health in February too. ‘Get fit, healthy and happy’ is the thinking behind Fit Fest Hampshire- a team headed up by Hampshire CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service).
Book now for FREE workshops at their parent and carer event in Fareham on the 8th February; autism awareness, challenging behaviour, crisis and self-harm and supporting a child with eating difficulties are just some of the workshops available.
Please see the website www.fitfesthampshire.com for more advice and information and click on the P.A.C.E tab to book your free place.
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.
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. https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/christmas
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!
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.