Health & Wellbeing Conference 2019

I had the absolute pleasure of delivering 4 training sessions to PGCE and Schools Direct students at Southampton University, at their annual Health and Wellbeing conference – 10th Anniversary.

The morning lectures were on online safety, which I titled ‘Internet City; helping children navigate a safe and healthy path’. We covered everything from content and conduct, to testing and checking reliable sources of information.

The afternoon workshops were also about children’s online activity, but specifically how to engage parents. I strongly believe that our best line of defence against cyber bullying and keeping our pupils safe online is to bring parents on board through meaningful and supportive contact. This is a brand new workshop that I’ve developed recently and this was the first time I’ve delivered it. I’m very pleased to say it went really well and had both secondary and primary trainee teachers engaged and inspired.

The conference as a whole was a huge success, as it is every year. My only wish is that it could be expanded to include all teachers, not just trainees. I truly think that even the most experienced practitioners could benefit from the wealth of knowledge, techniques and up to date information regarding all aspects of pupil’s mental and physical health (as well as some very good tips for teacher’s wellbeing!).

If you are a parent reading this, or a teacher who would like to give advice to parents on the aspect of online safety, then this booklet is extremely useful. You can download it for free as a PDF, or I believe you can also order some for free for your school. Some absolutely brilliant advice and very interesting stats!

Digital Parenting by Vodafone and ParentZone

Childhood Anxiety – Tech Resources

As a parent and a teacher, I really value opportunities to talk about mental health and wellbeing with children. Most of the time, just having the conversation does a wealth of good; letting kids know it’s OK to talk about it and OK to feel different. However, there are going to be times when you need to be a little bit more equipped…

This Parent’s Guide to Childhood Anxiety – featured on Tutorful  contains lots of good advice (including resources from the Children’s Society) which seems to me to be very grounded and down to earth (not trying to make something out of nothing), and genuinely aimed at helping parents feel confident to talk their children through anxious times.

Obviously because of my primary computing angle, I’m particularly interested in the resources section titled – Anxiety Relief Tools. Here you can find a compilation of great apps and books designed to help by providing calming distraction techniques, promoting exercise, or simply starting conversations.

Take some time to browse through some of these as a teacher or parent; see if any jump out at you with particular children in mind. I can already think of a few I’m going to introduce…

Let’s keep our youngsters’ minds happy and healthy.

Go to: Anxiety Relief Tools

Anxiety Relief Apps Primary Computing

 

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