What Parents Need to Know About Social Media & Mental Health; The Positive and Negative Impacts

Social Media is often scrutinised as having a negative impact on children’s mental health. Children and young people are now growing up in a technology-dominated world, and social media plays a major role in their social lives. This balanced guide focuses on both the positive and negative impacts that social media can bring to young people and their mental health. #MentalHealth #WorldMentalHealthDay #OnlineSafety

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12 Top Tips to Supporting Mental Wellbeing Through Nature Online and Offline

‘Nature’ is a superb choice as the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, as there’s clear evidence that getting access to nature is excellent for our mental health. With Covid-19 restrictions beginning to ease, it’s the perfect time of year to rediscover the natural world and give ourselves a calming, uplifting treat. You don’t have to drag the family on a four-hour hike, either – just 10 minutes each day in the garden, in the local park or your nearest green space, could really help. Here are 12 suggestions for ways you can benefit from nature … both online and off. #MentalHealth #WorldMentalHealthDay #OnlineSafety

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Supporting Children's Mental Health: 10 Conversation Starters for Parents Online Safety Guide

Talking about mental health to children is sometimes hard. To the point that we can put off raising the subject, not wanting to unearth problems or raise overwhelming subjects that we perceive our child is too young or not ready for. But rather than keeping children in the dark, this guide is designed to help you confidently talk about mental health, so they feel comfortable talking about their own worries and end any stigma before it begins. #MentalHealth #WorldMentalHealthDay #OnlineSafety

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How to Set Up Parental Controls for iPhone Apps

Most smartphones allow parents and carers to choose which apps and features appear on their child’s device and which ones don’t – also preventing young people from buying and downloading anything that’s unsuitable for their age. Our #WakeUpWednesday guides to parental controls for managing apps on iPhones will help you to reduce the chance of your child using a game or app that might not be appropriate for their age. In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of tips such as how to restrict built-in apps, the game centre and app store purchases. #OnlineSafety

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How to Set Up Parental Controls for Android Apps

Most smartphones allow parents and carers to choose which apps and features appear on their child’s device and which ones don’t – also preventing young people from buying and downloading anything that’s unsuitable for their age. Our #WakeUpWednesday guides to parental controls for managing apps on Androids will help you to reduce the chance of your child using a game or app that might not be appropriate for their age. In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of tips such as how to block app downloads, how to stop auto-updates and how to restrict apps. #OnlineSafety

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On any social media platform, you’ll often come across links to genuine-looking websites. They might include an exclusive offer for one of your favourite shops or invite you to complete a quiz in return for a particular reward. In some cases, clicking on these links takes you to a fake website where you are asked to provide your personal details. The whole enterprise is a ploy to capture sensitive details, such as your email address and password, which the scammers then exploit at your expense. In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as phishing scams, untrustworthy URLs and 'payment first' scams. #oryxschool #oryxstory #OnlineSafety

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Wow, it’s September already! The month when autumn officially starts. Another term means new friends to make, different subject topics to learn, fresh online trends to jump on and exciting new games to play on your phone, computer or console. The National Online Safety team have compiled a list of top tips to ensure that – whether you’re going online to chat, research things or just have fun – you can do it safely. In the guide, you'll find a number of tips such as how to spot fake news, reporting something offensive online and how to deal with bullies. #oryxschool #oryxstory #OnlineSafety

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