Useful apps and websites

Haringey Open Door

http://www.haringey.gov.uk/children-and-families/services-young-people/advice-young-people/open-door

A self referral service for children in Haringey

Haringey Choices

https://www.haringeychoices.org/

A self referral service in Haringey for teens who are concerned about their health and wellbeing

Calm Harm

http://www.stem4.org.uk/calmharm/

Offers a range of activities to help to curb negative emotions

Calm

https://www.calm.com/

Guided meditation and breathing exercises

Mindshift

https://www.anxietybc.com/resources/mindshift-app

Allows users to track habits, how they’re feeling and gives solutions to some common issues

Haringey Choices

https://www.haringeychoices.org/

An organisation in Haringey to support young people and their families. You can call for a conversation, or organise a face to face with one of their staff

Meetwo

https://www.meetwo.co.uk/

Allows you to have anonymous conversations with other teenagers going through similar issues

For any more information or resources, speak to Miss Bowden or a trusted adult

 

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ICT Safety and Support

Staying safe online

Explore sites and apps together. See below for websites that review content of popular apps and games

Ask about things that they might see online which make them feel uncomfortable. Ask them about things that they or their friends have seen online.

Talk about how they can stay safe on social networks. Ask them to show you were they manage their privacy settings and where reporting functions are

Reassure them that you will not overreact – you are just looking out for them. And stick to this – sometimes you may need to walk away first, before addressing what your child has shown you

Finding support

https://www.nspcc.org.uk

Netaware app – a simple guide for parents to the most popular social networks, apps and games that children use.

https://www.internetmatters.org advice for parents and teenagers

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

Teenagers and sleep

Teenagers should be getting between 8 – 10 hours of sleep per night!

Those who are not getting this are at risk of an increase in risk of unpleasant emotions or feelings that affect day to day function, increase in the chance of feeling sad and hopeless

Go to some of the websites below to see how lack of sleep may affect you and how you can ensure you are getting a better nights rest

https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/teens-and-sleep

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/sleep-tips-for-teenagers/

https://www.headspace.com/meditation/sleep

 

 

Supporting your Childs Health and Wellbeing

With the new school year starting, some students may already be anxious about what is to come.

Whilst we work with all students at school to give them ways of managing positive wellbeing, it is vital that the message is spread at home too. As well as this, there should always be open communication between school and home to ensure that nothing is missed when it comes to a students wellbeing.

The above infogram gives some ideas of how you can support from home, but there are some things on there that we may not always think of.

Share your feelings – Whilst you may think that hiding your anxieties about the students starting school may be good for them in the long run, if they are aware that you are actively hiding emotions, they may think that is what they should do. Being honest and open with these feelings can encourage them to do the same.

Validate their feelings – Whether you think their level of emotion or thought process is valid or not, they believe it is. If a child comes to you, validate the way they are feeling and work together to come up with ways of minimising the impact of the situation

Actively listen before offering advice – most of the other points on here are relating to things we know are good for our health – eating well, being active, drinking water, but do not underestimate the power of just letting someone talk.

If you have any concerns with your child’s health or wellbeing, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of their pastoral team.

 

What to do when a friendship group becomes toxic

1 Step back to gain perspective.

When you look at anything – be that a book, or a problem – from very close range, your vision becomes blurred and you can’t make out what you’re looking at. Take a deep breath and assess the situation dispassionately. Are your friends really going out much more without you, or are there just as many occasions when you’re doing something with one of them, or when all three of you are out together? If they are seeing more of each other, could it be because they share an interest, or do an after-school club together that’s bringing them into closer contact?

2 Remember that relationships ebb and flow.

The chances are your friendship triangle will shift and rebalance in a few weeks’ time, so try to not let your concerns run away with you. Be patient and calm and give the situation time to resolve itself. Accepting that friendships change is an important part of growing up.

3 Try to let your friends know that you are feeling left out.

Start by approaching the one you are closest to and talk to her face-to-face or on the phone rather than online. There’s a good chance that they’re not aware that they’ve hurt you, or that they don’t realise how important it is to you to be included.

4 Think about how to modify your reaction.

Being left out from time to time is inevitable – it happens to everyone. The important thing is not to take it too much to heart. And be careful not to exacerbate the third-wheel syndrome by being standoffish, or by waiting for others to plan events that you can go along to. Take the initiative. See what’s on at the cinema and invite your friends.

5 Don’t sit at home stalking them on social media.

If they’re out having a good time, then so should you be. Expand your friendship circle so that you have other people to socialise with. Having two best friends is great, but you shouldn’t pin your whole social life on them and them alone. Socialising with other teenagers from different schools and clubs will broaden and enhance your life.

One Moment Meditation

The benefits of meditation are becoming more apparent and lots of the apps that we have recommended on this page are to do with meditation. Sometimes its hard to know how or where to start, but if you’re interested in seeing what it is all about, try this video! Once you have meditated for a moment, you’ll be ready try the apps by yourself!

Open Mindedness

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it”

– Terry Pratchett

At APS, the value of open mindedness is defined as ‘taking on ideas an perspectives in a critical and thoughtful way’.

Having an open mind is not just about expanding your own views and understanding, its also about allowing other people the opportunity to feel comfortable with sharing their views, knowing that they will be listened to. Students have discussed how relevant this is at APS during from time and come up with some areas that they think open mindedness could positively impact people experience at school. these included;

  • when a teacher tries a new teaching technique
  • when a new club starts
  • when you are having a conversation with someone that views a situation differently to you

Try having a conversation with someone you wouldn’t usually speak to and notice how this can affect your own opinion in a positive way.

 

Healthy corn chips

 

Prep: 0:10 | cook 0:25

Ingredients

3 x (310g) corn tortillas

oil spray

onion or garlic powder

 

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced) and line 2 oven trays with baking paper.

Cut up each tortilla into wedges like you would a pizza and lay out on trays.

Spray lightly with oil spray and sprinkle with a little onion or garlic powder.

Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until crispy.

Let them cool on the trays for 5 minutes to realise their full crispiness.

 

Notes

Sprinkle with a little chilli powder for spicy chips.

Sprinkle a little taco seasoning for a Tex Mex explosion.

Sprinkle with Cajun spice for a Creole kick.

Finely grate a little low fat cheddar over the top for cheesy chips.

Emotional Agility and Courage

It can often be that we think that in order to have positive health and wellbeing, that we have to be positive about everything that comes our way. But that is not always going to be possible. Sometimes, we are going to be challenged by situations that do bring us negative emotions, but it is important to go through these in order to learn and grow. Being Resilient does not always mean that you immediately bounce back after a set back. Sometimes, in order to learn from these challenges, we need to let ourselves be sad, be angry, be disappointed, so that we can move forward knowing how to avoid putting ourselves in that position again.

The TED talk below, shows why and how this is important.

Wellness Club

Every Wednesday a group of students meet to spend an hour working on their wellbeing. During this time we will spend half an hour being active (going for walks, skipping, fitness sessions, benchball, yoga) and half an hour doing something else that makes us happy (drawing, playing games, team challenges, meditation). The aim of our group is to give students a place where they can come to just work on themselves, not think about anything else. We develop tools that we can then take away and use through the week when things get overwhelming.

Wellness club happens every Wednesday, in EO2. All students are welcome and you can pop in whenever you want.

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