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Online Safety At Home Resources

For families: #OnlineSafetyAtHome packs

ThinkUKnow’s #OnlineSafetyAtHome packs are still available for you to share with parents and carers to use at home. These include fun activities, conversation starters and practical tips on topics such as:

Quick activities for use in your setting: online safety toolkits

Finding time for education on online safety and relationships can be tricky at the moment.  ThinkUKnow’s online safety toolkits contain short activities (based on our #OnlineSafetyAtHome packs) that you can use with children and young people in your education setting.

They explore healthy and unhealthy behaviours within online friendships and relationships, how to respond to it, and how to get help from a trusted adult if they need it.

Cyber security tips for you and resources for your setting

Take a look at ThinkUKnow’s new short guide for:

  • 6 Cyber Aware steps you can take to practice good cyber hygiene at home and at work
  • Thinkuknow resources that provide learning opportunities around the importance of protecting data and keeping it private

Band Runner: our fun educational game for 8 to 10s

Consolidate children’s knowledge of the risks they may encounter online and how they can stay safer with Band Runner, this fun interactive game for 8 to 10s.

Based on ThinkUKnow’s Play Like Share series, you can use this game in your education setting or share with parents to play with their child at home.  Download their guidance pack and parent helpsheet for further information on how to do this.

What is Testicular Cancer? Resource

What is testicular cancer?’, a new resource from leading men’s cancer charity Orchid, for key stage 4 and 5 students which has been awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark.

By outlining possible risk factors and signs and symptoms, and highlighting the importance of self-examination, this lesson plan aims to increase young people’s understanding of testicular cancer and their confidence in seeking help and support if needed.

Through a video stimulus and range of interactive activities, students learn how to:

  • explain what testicular cancer is
  • describe the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer
  • identify possible risk factors
  • explain how to perform a testicular examination and what to do if a problem is suspected.

This pack is free to download and includes teacher guidance, a lesson plan and accompanying resources to aid delivery, as well as a take-away summary fact sheet for students.

Click here to download

New Resources From Education Support

Managing Uncertainty
Managing the many uncertainties caused by the pandemic can be difficult. Mike Armiger, Independent Education and Mental Health Advisor, provides some practical advice for teachers and education staff to help you to cope more effectively.

The 4 R’s to Manage Stress
For National Stress Awareness Day on 4th November, teacher and author Victoria Hewett looked at 4 ways teachers and education staff can manage the many stresses that have arisen recently.

  • Recognise
  • Rest and Recoup
  • Relationships
  • Recreation

Why is it so hard to ask for help?
For Men’s Health Awareness Month, geography teacher, Fearghal O’Nuallain talks about why education staff, and men in particular, can find reaching out for help so difficult.

An Extra Dose of Serenity Please
Headteacher Darren Morgan explores some of the problems faced by education staff. Read his three quick and simple suggestions to help you cope.

Alcohol Awareness Week November 16th-22nd

You may already be aware that 16th -22nd November is Alcohol Awareness Week, and that this year Alcohol Change UK are focussing on the issues around alcohol and mental health and the best ways to look after ourselves and those we love during a year of great change and uncertainty.

If you haven’t done so already, you can download Alcohol Change UK’s full set of resources here.

There is also have a range of resources that direct to the Every Mind Matters ‘Your Mind Plan’ – a digital tool that enables you to create a practical plan to maintain and improve your mental health. Over two million people have created Mind Plans so far to find out personalised steps they can do to protect themselves and prevent problems escalating, just as we do with our physical health.

You can embed this tool on your own website by following these instructions.

Alcohol Awareness Week 2020 background information

Alcohol Awareness Week is a chance for the UK to get thinking about drinking. It’s a week of awareness raising campaigning for change and more. The theme for Alcohol Awareness Week 2020 is ‘Alcohol and mental health’.

Alcohol Awareness Week is coordinated by the charity, Alcohol Change UK. Over 4,000 public health teams, workplaces, GP surgeries, pharmacies, hospitals, charities and other community groups across the country are taking part in and organising events for the week.

When things get tough, we can find ourselves turning to alcohol to cope. But what many of us don’t realise is that drinking too much and too often can make our mental health problems worse – such as anxiety and depression – and prevent them from being properly addressed.

So for this Alcohol Awareness Week, Alcohol Change UK are looking at the issues around alcohol and mental health, the best ways to look after ourselves and those we love during a year of great change and uncertainty.

What To Do About Worry – Year 6 Lesson Plan

Developed with teachers, this lesson from Public Health England, supports pupils to identify the different signs of worry, such as thoughts, feelings, physical signs and actions. An engaging video shares easy actions that pupils can use to help them manage worry.

Click here for more information

Anti-Bullying Alliance – School resources

The Anti-Bullying Alliance have developed lots of resources for schools and other settings to help bring Anti-Bullying Week 2020: United Against Bullying to life. from Monday 16th November – Friday 20th November 2020. Please click here for more information