Here are some websites that we think parents might find useful. Please note that Open Check the web based service that gives parents information about school closures is at the bottom of the list.
Oak National Academy and the National Literacy Trust have joined together to launch their Virtual School Library to help keep children reading during lockdown.
Every week, a popular children's author will become their ‘Author of the Week’ and provide a free book or audiobook and exclusive videos and activities aimed at primary school children, all available at library.thenational.academy.
Don’t miss Oak National Academies Children’s Mental Health Week Virtual Assembly
Oak National Academy has teamed up with charities Place2Be and BAFTA Kids to create a free assembly for Children's Mental Health Week 2021, celebrating this year’s theme of “Express Yourself”.
Set a reminder for 9am on Monday 1st February and spread the word as Blue Peter’s Lindsey Russell and CBBC Presenter Rhys Stephenson host the assembly alongside some other special well-known faces…!
The assembly will be available on demand if you are not able to make it at this time.
Available to all learning at home or at school, they're bringing the nation's children together (virtually!) with a positive message about the power of creative self-expression.
Children's Mental Health Week
1st-7th February 2021
Theme: Express Yourself
Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.
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Useful internet safety links for parents and carers
www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ - CEOP’s education pages, including sections for parents/carers
https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ - contains the Report Abuse function
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ - information about a wide range of child protection topics, including online safety and cyberbullying
www.getsafeonline.org/ - wide range of advice and resources including guidance on passwords and other security matters
www.net-aware.org.uk/ - information on popular social media apps including advice on privacy settings and potential risks to users
www.pegi.info/en/index/ - information on digital gaming. Includes a search function that gives information on game content and age restrictions
www.iwf.org.uk – users can report illegal content found online or if they know that their own images have been put online, by themselves or others
www.mencap.org.uk/about-us/our-projects/safesurfing - guidance on using the internet for young people with learning disabilities
http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/scam-emails - report online scams and hoaxes
https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/life-in-likes/ - report into children’s use of social media, including their attitudes and preferences
https://www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk/ - working with children and adults to prevent abuse, including a helpline for anyone concerned about the behaviour of a child or adult, or who is worried about their own thoughts and feelings about children (0808 1000 900)
https://swiggle.org.uk/ - Swiggle - child friendly search engine for younger children. For use at home and in school, Swiggle is a child-friendly search engine developed by South West Grid for Learning and built on the Google Safe Search technology. It is free, ad free, has a reporting page for children and adults, active blocking of inappropriate search strings and even a Swigglebot to give advice.
https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/18/googles-parental-control-software-family-link-gains-much-needed-features/ - Google Family Link - parental control software. Family Link has been around for some time, but has recently had a much-needed update. You can now limit screen time per app (instead of the whole device) as well as track activity, set daily limits, view device location and more.
https://www.tiktok.com/safety/resources/safety-videos?lang=en - Guidance on the safe use of tiktok
Digital Parenting Magazine
Following a football-filled summer, and with over 20 million players in the current season of FIFA, national online safety have created a free guide for parents and carers on the nation's favourite online football game.
This free guide for parents & carers covers what they need to know about the game to help safeguard their children from potential online risks including; online payments, in-game chat, addiction, fake accounts and more.
A free online safety guide for parents, carers, staff and children about 'Fake News'; the epidemic plaguing our social media timelines and influencing behaviours across the globe can be found here:
BBC Parenting Site
Advice for parents of primary-aged children.
BBC Adult Learning
Lots of information about getting into learning.
Ofsted Parent View
Parent View gives you the chance to tell us what you think about your child’s school.
The latest and widest range of public service information from the UK government.
Open Check - a service that gives information about school closures.
This website gives information about school closures. In the event of a school closure we will keep it updated.
The Parents' Centre
For all parents and carers who want to help their child or children to learn.
The national directory of services aimed at parents
Where to find childcare in your area.