BCA Online Safety Newsletters
NSPCC Net Aware
Parents review the social networks, apps and websites used by children – what is the risk?
Click on the Controls tab to find out how to set up parental controls on your broadband network, phone, tablet or search engine.
UK Safer Internet Centre
Go to Advice and Resources – Parents and Carers for information about privacy and safety settings on social networks and parental controls on broadband networks.
Huge resource of parental information about online behaviour of children – what is cyberbullying and how can you support your child? What does IDK stand for?
PEGI and Family Gamer
Learn more about the classification of games – what content will you find in a 12 rated game? Go to Advice to download the Good Gaming Guide. Watch the videos on Family Gamer to learn more
about great games to play with your children.
CEOP YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/user/ceop
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency) have produced videos for parents and children on key e-safety issues e.g. sexting, bullying.
Below are a number of apps for iOS and android devices that can support your emotional wellbeing and mental health:
Catch it: Uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help users learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression. Users can record and rate their mood, helping them to keep track of progress and identify triggers to their symptoms.
Stress & Anxiety companion: helps users handle stress and anxiety on-the-go. It provides tools like breathing exercises, relaxing music and games. Goals is to help users change negative thoughts to help them better cope with life's ups and downs.
For Me is a free app from Childline. It offers counselling, group message boards, and advice.
Calm Harm is a free app with password protection that provides a range of techniques to relive emotional distress. It’s particularly helpful if you often use self-harm to cope.
Clear Fear is a free app to help with managing anxiety.
Recharge – Move Well, Sleep Well, Be Well uses a free, personalised 6 week programme to help you improve your mood and energy levels.
Smiling Mind provides free mindfulness meditations aimed at reducing stress, anxiety and concentration levels.
MeeTwo helps teenagers talk about difficult things.
The following information is about services/ websites you can contact directly to ask for free advice and help or they may have forums about a range of topics you might want to learn/ understand more about:
ChildLine offer a 24-hour counselling service for children and young people. Telephone: 0800 1111.
Young Minds website also has a range of videos, blogs and advice on a range of topics.
Kooth is an online counselling service for anyone aged 10-25 in Somerset. You can access a chat/ messenger service, discussion boards, goal setting tools and a journal and a magazine containing a number of articles and some specifically about coronavirus and the impact on children and young people. The website is moderated by trained professionals. You need to register but it is anonymous.
Mind Somerset Details of peer support groups and their emotional support helpline – 24/7. 01823 276892
Somerset Mindline 24/7 Mental Health Helpline . If you are concerned about how you are feeling, contact them – 01823 276 892
NHS Somerset School Nurse Service Parent advice and support- Text 07480 635 515
Young people aged 11-19. Concerns about emotional health, relationships, drugs, alcohol etc. Text for confidential advice 07480 635 516
Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help. If you are experiencing a personal crisis, are unable to cope and need support, text Shout to 85258.
The Mix are there to help anyone under 25 take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. The website has lots of helpful resources. Their confidential helpline (0808 808 4994) and online chat service are open from 11am to 11pm, 7 days a week, and are both free to contact. They also have a Crisis Messenger service that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you can email them.