However lovely the weather, our children will be spending time on computers, i-pads, mobile phones etc over the summer holidays. Safety is always on our minds. Here is some safety information about Snapchat. Though no children in primary school should be accessing it, (as the age is 13+), many are and so will their older siblings be.
Hopefully the following will help to keep everyone safe;
Snapchat is a messenger app that enables users to send photos, videos, text and drawings. The unique feature of Snapchat is that the message only stays on the recipient’s phone for up to 10 seconds (user sets the time from 1 to 10 seconds).
Check your child’s settings;
Your child can choose to receive content from either “Everyone” or “My Friends”. It is recommended that the default setting is set to only accept content from “My Friends.”
-Tap the ghost icon
-tap the gear icon
-select “My Friends”.
There are three sections that you should update; ‘Contact Me’, ‘My Story’ and ‘Quick
add’. Encourage your child to only share things they would be happy for you to see.
Other Snapchat settings;
Reporting within Snapchat stories-
1. While watching the story, press and hold on
2. Press the flag in the bottom left hand corner.
3. Click on the option that best describes the
content you are trying to report.
To report a Snap you’ve received;
1. Press and hold the Snapchatter’s name right
after you view the Snap.
2. Press and hold again to bring up their profile.
3. Tap the gear icon and tap “Report” to contact
To report an account;
1. Press and hold on the Snapchatter’s name
2. Tap the gear icon.
3. Tap “Report” to contact Snapchat.
Remove a friend;
When you remove a friend from your friends list, they won’t be able to view any of your private Stories but they’ll still be able to view any content you have set to public. Depending on your privacy settings, they may also still be able to Chat or Snap you!
1. Go to a Chat with that friend
2. Tap the button at the top left
3. Tap “Remove Friend”
Block a friend;
If you block a friend, they won’t be able to view your Story or send you Snaps and Chats.
1. Go to a Chat with that friend
2. Tap the button at the top left
3. Tap “Block Friend”
Streaks count how many consecutive days two people have been sending Snaps to each other. A streak is shown by a little picture of a flame and a number (the number of days the streaks has gone on for) next to a contact’s name. There can be pressure to respond on a daily basis to maintain their streaks and it can cause issues with people logging into other’s account to carry on streaks for friends.
Safety tips and resources;
1. Be kind and respectful. Be thoughtful about what you Snap.
2. Remember, anyone can take a screenshot of a Snap, or use another camera to take a picture of a Snap.
3. Check your privacy settings to choose who can send you Snaps and view your Stories.
4. If you experience harassment or bullying, block the person and report it to Snapchat.
5. Keep your password safe. Don’t share your password with anybody.
It’s really important to talk to your child regularly and make sure that they know that you’re always there to talk to if they have any concerns.
This is a really useful Parent guide produced by Snapchat in conjunction with Connect Safely: https://storage.googleapis.com/sc-support-web/safety/parents-guide-en.pdf
The following is taken from Young Minds charity;
For lots of us, the summer holidays provide relaxing days, a chance to catch up with friends and fun
activities. But for some children, it’s a stretch of boring days, with little to do and few highlights.
For many families there may not be the time or money to do what their children want. Some pupils may be nervous about school breaking up for summer and the lack of routine this provides.
So it might be helpful to explore some cheap and easy activities with your children. If you have a bit
of spare time, or a computer to set them a task to research activities to do over the summer?
Your children could start to plan:
1. Go green
Think about all the green spaces there are locally and what activities go on during the break.
What can be done alone or with a group of friends?
2. Explore the local community
Explore the local leisure centres, youth clubs and recreation grounds. Are there any activities
going on? What about ‘free swim’ days or other fun days put on by the local council?
3. Find a library
Research which libraries are open and when. Is there free access to computers? Are there any
clubs running over the summer?
Find out about local youth groups where you can volunteer – this is a good way of making
new friends www.iwill.org.uk/get-involved/young-people
5. Become an author
Write and illustrate a book or zine using just some paper and pens/pencils. Research some
themes and inspiration.
6. Take on a challenge
Here are some ideas for activities that will take time and practice to accomplish:
– Learning to ride a bike
– Learning to swim
– Learning to roller skate or skateboard
– Learning a new language (there’s no need to join a class, or buy any books, local libraries may
have books, CDs or apps)
7. Keep in touch
Explore how to keep in touch with friends and classmates over the holiday – arrange meeting
up once a week at the local park, or shopping centre?
8. Watch a film
Find out about local cinemas which may show some films for free, or reduced prices for
children and young adults.
9. Learn something new
Visit local museums and/or galleries. Research which ones are nearby and free to visit.
10. Become a photographer
Take photos of your local area on a phone, or camera. If it’s difficult to access either, borrow
one from a friend, or family member, or create one from scratch with just card, tin foil, tape
and a paper clip.
Is your child due to start school in September? It is really important to develop those early speaking and listening skills, as soon as possible.
Please copy and paste the link below to Action For Children’s useful website for more information:
Getting out and about in summer is great fun for the children but it’s important to make sure they’re protected from the sun’s harmful rays.
Basingstoke Children’s Centre have given us some of their top tips for keeping kids safe in the sun!
-When the sun is at it’s strongest (between 11am and 3pm), make sure there is enough shade for your child to play in to keep out of the sun – playing under a tree in the garden is perfect.
-Babies under the age of six months should be kept out of direct sunlight, especially when the sun it at it’s strongest around midday.
-Make sure to apply suncream with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or above to any exposed parts of your child’s skin with suncream, even on cloudy or overcast days.
-Don’t forget to apply it to their shoulders, nose, ears, cheeks and the tops of their feet and re-apply often throughout the day.
-Be especially careful to protect your child’s shoulders and the back of their neck when they’re playing, as these are the most common areas for sunburn.
-Baggy, cotton, oversized t-shirts are great for covering your child up in the sun. Sun hats with a wide brim that shades your child’s face and neck are great for keeping them covered from the sun.
-Protect your child’s eyes with sunglasses that meet the British Standard and carry the “CE” mark (if you’re not sure, you can check the label or ask the manufacturer).
-If your child is swimming, or will get wet, use a waterproof suncream of factor 15 or above and make sure to reapply after drying off with a towel.
Keep safe and have lots of fun!
Are you struggling with helping your child with work at home? Please copy and paste the link below in to a search engine for some useful tips for parents and carers.
If you have older children at home, it can be a real challenge trying to keep up with their learning too. Again, please use the information below to help you with some ideas and some useful websites.
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.