Returning to school

From next week, schools in Scotland will reopen for all students, with the rest of the UK reopening in late August and early September. But this won’t be school as the children know it.

As quickly as they were thrust into the isolation of lockdown, suddenly students will be dealing with new school rules, routines and expectations.

For many, these changes will inevitably create anxiety, especially given the ongoing threat of COVID-19 and the talk of further lockdowns.

The government has issued  guidelines, for schools, but to make the return to school a little easier for you, here is Parentinfo guide to what to expect.

Find out more here

 

 


Walk Online Roadshow

The 2 Johns are very proud that following a recent inspection of Thurrock LSCB by OFSTED they singled out their Walk Online Roadshow as an example of outstanding practice, their positive words have given them even further motivation to take the Roadshow out to a wider audience.

So far the roadshow has been seen by over 80000 children over the past year taking in Basildon, Thurrock, Maldon, Saffron Walden, Braintree and Brentwood along with many individual schools.

https://youtu.be/eWA-lB1-1P0

 


School Closures: Help & Advice

We have included some useful links to help parents & carers keep their children entertained and safe when using the internet during this difficult time. You will also find links to free education resources offered by a variety of companies and celebrities

 

Online Safety

Quarantine memes and challenges
Parentzone have handpicked some of the favourite lockdown memes and challenges to explain what it’s all about.

Fact or Fake news

There are so many stories and pieces of information flying around on the internet that it can be hard to know what’s real and what’s fake. Try these lessons from BBC Bitesize.

County Lines

School closures have left vulnerable children who would ordinarily be supported in the day at greater risk of exploitation by criminal gangs in 'county lines' operations. Here’s what you need to know about the subject.

ParentZone have pulled together this extensive list of Parent Zone-approved activities that you can enjoy with your kids. And better still, some of them will even keep them safely occupied while you try to get some work done.

CEOP have produced help sheets & home activity packs to help you during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. 

How to look after your family's mental health when you are stuck indoors.

Here are lots of useful resources and tools that you as a parent or carer can use to help ensure your child is safe and happy online.

As young people will soon start spending more time online, Childnet have created some quick activities which looks at screen time and how you can help create a healthy balance.

BBC are here to help you be the boss of your online life. Whatever you need – help and advice, skills, inspiration - they've got it covered.

#StaySafeStayHome

Online resources and advice to support families

To help families adjusting to a “new normal” following the measures taken to stop the spread of coronavirus, Internet Matters.org have created this dedicated space to provide expert advice, resources and tools to make the best use of tech.

14 fantastic YouTube channels for children

YouTube can be a great source of education and entertainment – and with many of us currently stuck indoors for large parts of the day, that makes it a fantastic tool for keeping children occupied.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers

Whether you're working from home with your kids for the first time or supporting children with anxiety due to coronavirus, NSPCC have got tips and advice for you.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - staying safe online

Guidance on what you can do to stay safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Video Conferencing for Children: Safeguarding and Privacy Overview

Here you’ll find information about the most popular video conference services put together by UK Safer Internet Centre partners at SWGfL. They’ve collected and compiled some of the technical and policy details published by each of the services so you can more easily see which of these are the most suitable for you.

Learn at Home with YouTube

A resource for families with children of different ages and areas of interest.

As schools around the world close their buildings and families find themselves at home, Youtube want to ensure that learning together continues. So they've partnering with learning creators to bring parents & families resources and activities. 


BBC 2 - Victoria Derbyshire Show

In May 2019, John & John were invited by The BBC to present to the children at Arthur Bugler Primary School in Stanford-Le-Hope for an article about how children are groomed online through the game Roblox. The BBC filmed the presentation and interviewed John and John about how they felt children were at risk.

"I thought he was playing an innocent game"

Online multiplayer game Roblox, which has 90 million users worldwide, is marketed at children - but there are fears it also being used to groom them.

Reporter Rachel Stonehouse hears from one mother, who explains how this happened to her young son.

Roblox said its in-game chat had very stringent filters and any photo exchange would have been done on a third-party app, that is not "affiliated or integrated with Roblox".

It added: "It's extremely important to be aware of these chat apps, particularly [those with an] 'overlay' feature making it appear to be part of whatever game is being played."

Watch the clip here