Safety and Well-Being

Safety and Well-Being

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How to stay safe and well is an ever evolving aspect of our lives and as such we receive useful information on a regular basis from contributors such as Leeds Safeguarding Team, NHS and National Online Safety.

E Safety

Social networking is hugely popular. Many young people are sophisticated in the way they use social media apps and websites, tailoring their communication for different audiences, and accessing them from a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, and games consoles.

But social media, like all forms of public communication, comes with some risks. Not all of these risks turn into actual problems; and if children never face any risks, they never learn how to deal with them. By helping your child understand what the risks are, you can play a big part in preventing them from turning into problems.

 

What they might see or do:

  • Seeing or sharing of violent, sexual and pornographic content
  • Inaccurate or false information and extreme views
  • Promotion of harmful behaviours including self-harm, anorexia and suicide
  • Over-sharing of personal information
  • Actively or unintentionally getting involved in bullying or hurtful behaviour

 

Who they might meet:

  • People who might bully, intimidate or frighten
  • People posing behind fake profiles for:
  • Mischief-making
  • Sexual grooming and stalking
  • Blackmail and extortion
  • Identity theft and hacking

 

How this could affect them:

  • Fear of missing out leading to excessive use or exaggeration
  • Getting upset by things they have seen and being uncertain about what to do
  • Engaging, or being pressured into engaging in more risky behaviour either by accident or by design
  • Developing unrealistic, and perhaps depressing ideals of body image and gender
  • Becoming subject to peer pressure or interactions that are intense or too difficult to handle
  • Creating an online reputation that may create problems for them in the future

 

Don’t be put off by believing your child knows more than you: the tools are actually quite easy to manage.

  • Ask them to show you which social media apps they use and what they like about them. Talk about how they use them and what makes them so engaging
  • Explain how you can use privacy settings to make sure only approved friends can see posts & images
  • Check if any of their apps have ‘geo-location’ enabled, sharing their location unintentionally
  • Show them how to report offensive comments or block people who upset them
  • Check ‘tagging’ settings so that when others are posting or sharing photos online, your child’s identity is not revealed. Also, get people‘s consent before sharing photos
  • Encourage your child to come and talk to you if they see anything that upsets them

 

Encourage your child to think carefully about the way they, and others behave online, and how they might deal with difficult situations.

  • People may not always be who they say they are online: how can this create problems?
  • Why is it unwise to meet anyone in the real world that you’ve only ever met online?
  • Even if you think your messages are private, remember that words and images can always be captured and broadcast.
  • There can be pressure to be part of a particular group online or to be seen to be following a certain set of ideas

 

Parentzone guides

3 Apps parents should know about
Five online areas parents should be aware of 

Your child’s digital footprint 
Online grooming 
Snapchat – a guide for teachers and parents 
‘Strip Fortnite’ – everything you need to know 
TikTok: a parent’s guide 
Understanding social media settings 
What is grooming 
Yubo – what you need to know 
Parents’ FAQs: extremism and radicalisation 
Understanding chat
A Parents’ Guide to Nintendo Switch
A Parents’ Guide to Nintendo 3DS
A Parents’ Guide to Wii U
A Parents’ Guide to Playstation
A Parents’ Guide to xbox360
A Parents’ Guide to xboxone
Thinkuknow Guide to Periscope
Parental Advice on Facebook 
Facebook Checklist
Facebook – Bullying tips and strategies 
YouTube Parents’ Guide
 

A Parents’ Guide to Cybersecurity
A Parents’ Guide to Instagram
Instagram Checklist
A Parents’ Guide to Snapchat
Snapchat Checklist
A Parents’ Guide to Extremism and Radicalisation
Twitter checklist
WhatsApp Guide for Parents
Keeping your child safe from Child Sexual Exploitation 
Keeping your child safe online
Leeds – Keeping Children and Young People safe online
Child Online Safety
Risks children face online: Accessing inappropriate websites 
Risks children face online: Cyberbullying 
Risks children face online: Online grooming
OOVOO guide
ask.fm guidance

 

Mental Health and Well-Being

We all have mental health, like we all have physical health. Both change throughout our lives. And, like our bodies, our minds can become unwell.

Mental health problems might actually be more common than we think. One in four of us will be affected by mental illness in any year. The effects are as real as a broken arm, even though there isn’t a sling or plaster cast to show for it.

Click here on the links for a very useful resources/tools around mental health and well-being https://www.mindmate.org.uk/im-a-young-person/whats-in-leeds-for-me/

https://www.leedscommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services-a-z/0-19-health-and-wellbeing/chathealth/ 

 

Kooth

Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. Click here

 

The Market Place

Free services, confidential and available for 11-25 year olds in Leeds. A range of services including one to one support, counselling, group-work and drop-in service 7 days a week. Click here

 

Childline

Free 24 hour confidential helpline for children with ANY problems – Freephone 0800 1111

Click here for website

 

NSPCC

The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover. Free 24 hour helpline – 0808 810800

Click here for website

 

Willows Young Carers

Supporting Young Carers Aged 5 – 18 – click here

The Mix

Essential Support for Under 25s – click here

 

The Hideout

Website created by Women’s Aid for children and young people to understand Domestic Violence and abuse and how to take action if it is happening to them or they are witnessing it. Click here

 

National Association for the Children of Alcoholics

Provides advice and guidance for everyone affected by parents drinking. Click here

 

Other useful websites:

 

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety

https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/

http://www.safetynetkids.org.uk/personal-safety/staying-safe-online/

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

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