We find ourselves in unchartered waters, unknown territory and it’s scary, try to keep as much routine as you can for your children.
Whilst I sit here writing this for you, I have both my children working hard, one reading for English (year 6) and the other studying for GCSE Geography (if he ever gets to take his exams), yet routine and consistency will keep mindful balance in their lives.
But there are some things which will not change.
The fast pace of social media and the immense rate at which our children seem to know more about how to use it than we do! Now that’s scary.
I have taken a small piece of information from a website which I invite you to read.
Every child has been sent a home working pack, of course they’ll have regular breaks and will want to still ‘socialise’ at a safe distance, which for many will be via social media. (Follow Government guidelines for this). You should still be mindful of how your children are interacting via social media platforms and watch out for things such as bullying.
What to do if you're being bullied on a social network
Bullying on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat
With the increase of social networking sites, online activity and messaging apps, cyberbullying is on the increase. In a survey by Ditch the Label, 47% of young people who took the survey have received nasty profile comments and 62% have been sent nasty private messages via smartphone apps. This is very worrying as it shows how cyber bullying is on the increase.
Most of the apps and social networking sites are for people aged 13 and over. They also state that bullying, abusive behaviours which includes harassment, impersonation and identity theft are banned and not allowed. However, results from our national bullying survey, shows 91% of people who reported cyber bullying said that no action was taken. This can leave users feeling disbelieved, vulnerable and knock their self-esteem.
A general rule when making a complaint about being bullied online is to copy the terms and conditions which have been breached and take a screenshot of the comment or photo as evidence. This may prompt any of these sites and apps to take action as you have shown them their obligation to investigate and take appropriate action.
For further information visit https://www.bullying.co.uk