This short article is a good reminder of the need for children to be supervised when using technology and it has some good links to resources for parents.
While there are some wonderful, educational and entertaining YOUTUBE clips available, there are also real hazards for children left on a device with no supervision by an adult.
Make sure that technology is in a highly visible part of the house where you are ‘on hand’ to listen and oversee your child’s internet use.
While it isn’t necessary to ban everything, it is important to have appropriate filters in place, to think ahead and make sure children are able to benefit from technology, without compromising their safety.
What is Act-Belong-Commit?
Act-Belong-Commit is a comprehensive health promotion campaign that encourages individuals to take action to protect and promote their own mental wellbeing and encourages organisations that provide mentally healthy activities to promote participation in those activities.
The A-B-C guidelines for positive mental health provide a simple approach that we can adopt to become more mentally healthy:
act – keep mentally, physically, socially and spiritually active: take a walk, say g’day, read a book, do a crossword, dance, play cards, stop for a chat…
act – join a book club, take a cooking class, be more involved in groups you are already a member of, go along to community events…
act – take up a cause, help a neighbour, learn something new, take on a challenge, volunteer…
Being active, having a sense of belonging and having a purpose in life all contribute to happiness and good mental health.
Science by Email is a free online newsletter produced by the CSIRO for students, teachers and anyone with an interest in science. Lots of great reading, simple experiments and more for children and families to explore! We hope you check it out!
Below are links to how to subscribe and to this month’s newsletter – have fun!
In addition, if you are looking for some fabulous reading material for your children, perhaps a birthday subscription to either the Scientiffic Magazine (ages 7 – 10 years) or the Helix Magazine (ages 10 +)?
See some samples from these fabulous magazines below!
Please make some time to read the following article which highlights some excellent points in regard to the use of social media in the school community.