Please find here useful links to support positive mental health and well-being.
GAMES Information For On-Line Safety Issues
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MOMO – Momo is a sinister ‘challenge’ that has been around for some time. It has recently resurfaced and once again has come to the attention of schools and children across the country. Dubbed the ‘suicide killer game’, Momo has been heavily linked with apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and most recently (and most worryingly)… YouTube Kids. The scary doll-like figure reportedly sends graphic violent images, and asks users to partake in dangerous challenges like waking up at random hours and has even been associated with self-harm. It has been reported that the ‘Momo’ figure was originally created as a sculpture and featured in an art gallery in Tokyo and unrelated to the ‘Momo’ challenge we are hearing about in the media.
There’s a very good chance you’ve heard of Fortnite, but what exactly is it? And why is it so popular amongst young people? Fortnite is an online multi-player “battle royale” game developed by Epic Games, and is playable on Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and mobiles. It gained popularity in late 2017 and has since become the biggest game in the world, thanks to its rapid and engaging gameplay.TIKTOK
TikTok is a video-sharing social media app available on iOS and Android which lets users create, share, and view user created videos much in a similar manner to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. It’s main draw, however, is that users can record and upload bite-sized looping videos of themselves lip-syncing and dancing to popular music or soundbites, often for comedic effect, which can then be further enhanced with filters, emojis and stickers. TikTok has been designed with the young user in mind and has a very addictive appeal. At the beginning of 2019 it skyrocketed in popularity to become the iOS store’s most downloaded app with over 33 million downloads. Estimates suggest that it now has anything between 500 million and over 1 billion monthly active users worldwide.
This information has been provided by West Mercia Police.
Please see attached the awareness leaflet I have created on the app and I shall be including this going forward in the exploitation and vulnerability training as a support resource.
What is Qustodio: is the leading digital safety and well-being platform for families. It provides powerful monitoring tools and parental controls for things like screen time, as well as how much time they spend in certain apps like games.
What devices does it work on: It works on a wide range of different devices including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones whether they run Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, or Amazon’s Fire OS.
Basically… Pricing starts at £35.95 a year for up to 5 devices for the premium subscription and you can add more devices with bigger plans if you need. Qustodio offers maximum parental involvement at either a low cost or none at all. Not to mention real peace of mind with the easy to manage dashboard. Used correctly and in collaboration with your kids, it can be a game-changer for ensuring they aren’t spending hours glued to a screen.
WINNIE AND HONEY, WOODLANDS THERAPY DOGS
Meet Winnie and Honey, our school therapy dogs. There are a number of research studies that suggest a ‘companion’ animal in school can make a difference to the emotional health and well-being of both staff and pupils. With this in mind, Woodlands Primary School has become the daytime home for Winnie and Honey, both female cockapoos.The dogs live with Mrs Crilly when not at school and she ensures that they are healthy and fit to be in school at all times.
The dogs work closely with the school inclusion team, providing motivation for learning, resulting in improved outcomes. Winnie and Honey are also being used to support children with social and emotional learning needs, which in turn can assist with the development of emotional literacy. Emotional literacy refers to a person’s ability to express their emotional state and communicate their feelings. A person with well-developed emotional literacy is therefore able to recognize and respond to the emotional states of others.
We have found that having the therapy dogs in schools is showing a range of benefits for our children, including:
- gains in confidence
- decreases in learner anxiety behaviours, resulting in improved learning outcomes, such as increases in reading and writing levels
- positive changes towards learning and improved motivation
- enhanced relationships with peers and teachers due to experiencing trust and unconditional love from a therapy dog. This in turn is helping our children learn how to express their feelings and enter into more trusting relationships.
If you would like to know more about the work of the therapy dogs, please contact Mrs Crilly for additional information.