Leicestershire healthy schools

Information for parents and carers

Information for parents and carers

  • New advice pages for parents and carers will soon be available on the this website parent pages
  • The child exploitation and on-line protection centre and Childnet offers some useful advice and resources for parents. Visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk or www.childnet.com for more information.

 

Time to Talk

Many parents and carers find it difficult to speak to their sons and daughters about issues such as growing up, puberty, relationships and sexual health.
Research shows that the earlier parent and carers talk to their children about relationships and sexual health, the more likely the young people are to delay first sexual activity. Young people have also said that their mum and dad would be their preferred source of information on a whole range of issues including relationships and sexual health.

 

Social Media and Internet Safety 

E-Safety Awareness

Advice, check lists and guides to e-safety from Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Safeguarding Team

SelfieCop

SelfieCop is a new app that can teach kids safer camera behaviour. SelfieCop allows parents to check photos & videos taken by their child's smartphone www.selfiecop.com

Text codes

Wondering what your children are tapping into their phones? Here's our parent's guide to some popular teen chat acronyms: 

  • SL age, sex, location (could mean your child is using an anonymous chat room)
  • CD9 Code 9 (meaning parents are around)
  • GNOC get naked on camera
  • KPC keep parents clueless
  • IRL in real life.
  • MIRL meeting in real life
  • LMIRL let's meet in real life (fine if it's their friends)
  • IWSN I want sex now
  • MOOS member of the opposite sex
  • P911/P999 parent alert
  • PAW parents are watching
  • POS/MOS parents over shoulder/mum over shoulder
  • RU/18 are you over 18?
  • WYRN what's your real name?
  • Zerg: to gang up on someone 420 marijuana

 

Pornography

Accessing pornography on the internet and on mobiles and smart phones (like Blackberries and iPhones) is very easy.

Young people are likely to hear about or see pornography at some point, often through their friends.

Research has shown that young men in particular use pornography to satisfy their curiosity about sex, sexual positions and female body parts. In a recent consultation about relationships and sex education and where young people learn about this from, Porn was named as one of the 2 main sources of information by the young men we spoke to.

If you want to talk to your son or daughter about pornography these are important things to cover:

  • Pornography is very different from real life relationships.
  • Women’s and men’s bodies are different in pornography to real life (penis and breast implants, body shape etc).
  • They shouldn’t feel pressured to watch pornography or pressure anybody else into watching it.
  • They shouldn’t let anyone film or photograph them having sex. 
 
Discovering your son or daughter is going to be a parent

This can be a very worrying time but help is at hand!

Community Safer Sex Project
If a pregnancy test is required to confirm the pregnancy there are a range of places you can go – your GP may be the easiest but for information on local young people’s clinics text POP 07814 877859.

If the decision is made to terminate the pregnancy, wherever you go for a pregnancy test will assist you with making a referral for a termination

If the decision is to go ahead with the pregnancy then support is available! In Leicestershire there are specialist midwives for teenagers, young parent groups where young people can get fantastic peer support and children’s centres offering a range of activities and assistance.

SAMS
If your daughter is under 16 there is a service to support school age parents – SAMS (School Age Mums Support) – call Sara Kirkby for a chat on 07500 448370 or visit www.samsleics.co.uk
 

ParentsUnder20
If your son/daughter is over 16 then there is a range of support available

Website: www.parentsunder20.co.uk 
Email: tellmemore@parentsunder20.co.uk
Twitter: @parentsunder20
Facebook: parentsunder20

 

 

 

Parents

Parents

This section is aimed at giving parents more information around the healthy schools issues.

Find out more about Parents Information

Resources

Resources

In this section you will find example school policies, useful templates and copies of key national guidance.

Find out more about resources

 

Training and Events

Training courses cover topics including PSHE Education, policy development and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Find out more about training & events

 

Self validation

In autumn 2006 the process of self validation was introduced to minimise bureaucracy.

Find out for more about Self Validation

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