We have all kinds of hopes for our children, but first and foremost we want them to be happy - and since we’re all spending more time on screens than ever before, digital safety is a huge part of mental wellbeing whether we like it or not.
Since this Saturday (10th October) is World Mental Health Day
, we thought this was the perfect time to talk about how parents and teachers start a conversation. Our website and platform have loads of different resources that you can use to get children thinking about their own mental health, both online and offline.
Our Resources page includes all kinds of handy materials on mental health. Parents can print them off at home, or teachers can blow them up and hang them in the classroom!
- Our Wellbeing Checklist includes some very simple steps that children can take every day to make themselves (and the people around them) feel good.
- Play is an essential part of growing up. It helps us to develop physically, socially and emotionally. It can also be a time for mindfulness, and these Top Tips for Mindful Play can help children get the most out of playtime!
- As we say in our online lessons, “It’s nice to be nice!” That’s why we created Acts of Kindness Tally Sheets, to challenge children to do something for others. There are two versions: one for the real world, and one for screen time.
Everybody needs a pick-me-up now and then, and if you follow us on social media you may have seen some of the motivational messages we’ve been using to brighten up your day. Teachers, keep your eyes peeled on your class hub’s news feed for similar messages from everyone on the Natterhub team!
Sometimes, children need a moment to centre themselves at the end of a really stimulating activity. That’s why every lesson on Natterhub ends with a moment of Nattercalm
: 60 seconds of soothing visuals, with a mindful message to sum up the themes of the lesson. Lovely.
We’ve talked about mental health and wellbeing a lot on our blog. Here’s just a sampling of our posts on the subject:
These days, mental health is something we’re all more aware of. It’s estimated that around three children in every classroom
suffer from a diagnosable mental health problem, and the Department for Education has found that children with higher levels of emotional wellbeing are more engaged at school and do better academically.
Parents and teachers all do what they can at school and at home, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly where to start when it comes to the relationship between children’s mental health and their screen time. Natterhub helps by giving pupils the skills and the confidence they need to explore the internet safely - creating a new generation of happier digital citizens.