E-Holiday Help for Parents

1. Gaming: what parents and carers need to know

Many children will be spending time gaming online over the summer holidays. This article explores the different elements of gaming with a particular focus on how it can be used by offenders, but focusing on what parents can do to support their child while gaming.

2. Sharing pictures of your child online

Lots of parents love sharing photos of their children with friends and family, particularly when they are on holiday or starting the new school year. A recent report found that 42% of young people reported that their parents had done this without asking their permission. Our article helps parents to protect their child while staying social. 

3. Keeping your under 5s safe online

Whether it’s watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa – today’s under 5s are spending more time online. In this article we look at the benefits of children accessing the internet, and share advice about how parents can make sure their child has a safe experience online.

4. Live streaming: responding to the risks

Many children enjoy live streaming as it can be used to showcase talent, develop communication skills and create identity. Our article helps parents to understand why children love it, what the risks can be, and how they can help their child stay safe if they are live streaming.

5. Using parental controls

Parental controls are a great tool for helping to protect children but should not replace open and honest conversations with children about their life online. Share these tips on how to use parental controls effectively.

Prayer Spaces in school

Once again the Beaminster Area Team Prayer Spaces Team led by Rev. Jo Neary were welcomed into Parrett & Axe and the children were very responsive to this years theme entitled Change. A series of activities around this theme enabled the children to question their ideas. 
Many made a key ring by threading 3 beads onto it which represented God as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Some Year 6 children remembered learning about the Trinity in their RE lessons.
3 bubble machines, where the colours were constantly changing and which contained moving plastic fish, gave the opportunity for some quiet reflection as did the labyrinth puzzles and the variety of books on offer.
Interesting responses were made on post-it’s after they had studied themselves in the mirror and had to say what they saw. This also led on to them making comments about what they thought God looked like
They also had the opportunity to write down what changes they would like to see made in the world and what changes they hoped God would make.
As ever, the sand tray, where they wrote down in the sand something they had done wrong today and then wiped it clean, proved to be very popular.