Supporting your child's emotional needs
Your child is probably feeling confused and anxious during this crisis. Below are links to sites that offer advice and practical ideas on how to support your child emotionally during this time.
A good way to reassure your child is to discuss how our immune system works. The below link has a video that explains this in a child friendly way.
What should I do with my child at home?
We are all trying to adjust to the current situation. As parents, just try your best until the Coronavirus runs its course. Below are some tips to help you and your child in the coming weeks.
- Structure. Decide with your child what the days will look like. Set up specific times for reading, school work, chores, independent free time including access to phones/game consoles, family time, meals and bedtime. Like every teacher, write it down and display the timetable.
- Make time for yourself. It is important that you allow yourself to have some time. You can then complete chores or just re-charge your battery whilst your child entertains themselves.
- Go for a walk. Families who live together are allowed to go out once a day for exercise. Play games such as I spy as you walk.
- Play together. Watch TV together or share an electronic game or two. This would also be a great time to watch old family videos. Connecting with happier times is always good for our mental health.
- Stick to a sleep schedule. While it might be tempting for your older children to stay up late every night and sleep late every morning, that’s not going to be beneficial to their physical and mental health. You’ll also be left with very moody children the next day. Stick with your bedtime schedule.
- Limit the news. For your own mental health, and the mental health of your children, limit the intake of news. Constantly following the latest coronavirus news will only increase the entire family’s anxiety.
Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?
There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
- support for parents and carers to keep children safe online, which outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to find support and advice
- guidance on staying safe online which includes information on security and privacy settings
- Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
- Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
- Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
- Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
- London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
- Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
- Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
- UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services