There are important distinctions between the concepts of secrets and surprises which it’s crucial for children to understand to stay safe. This simple activity can help them to distinguish between the two.
Whilst it might not sound that big an issue, there are crucial distinctions between the concepts of secrets and surprises. Nudging children to understand and recognise these differences is an important way to help keep them safe and maintain their wellbeing. Having open conversations about this at home (the exact opposite of secrecy) and being mindful of the language that we use ourselves is a good place to start.
The Importance of Talking About Sex and Relationships in the Prep and Primary Years (and How to Do it!)
Watch this webinar to find out our top, evidence-based tips on having conversations with younger children about sex and relationships and to learn more about why these chats are so important (even if they might make parents feel a little squeamish).
Starting to have conversations with younger children about sex and relationships can feel daunting, but it doesn’t need to, especially with all of the resources that we have in the Tooled Up library that can help. Here are our top 10 tips for embarking on these important (and ongoing) discussions, which will help to prepare our children for relationships of all kinds as they grow.
Dr Weston Talks with Maria Strauss: Responding to the Ofsted Rapid Review into Sexual Abuse in Schools
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Maria Strauss, partner at law firm Farrer & Co, about how schools should respond to the Ofsted’s rapid review into sexual abuse in schools, which they carried out in 2021. Maria outlines how schools can implement effective change and references many relevant resources and reports that can help.
These slides, created by Dr Weston as part of her talk series in schools about the Everyone’s Invited movement, will be of interest to those who have attended any of her staff CPD talks on this theme. They are not to be circulated or used without her express consent. For reference only.
Whilst we want our teens to make informed and careful decisions about sexting, we also need to recognise that some young people will send sexts and that sometimes things can go wrong. If your teen has sent an intimate photo or video and now wishes they hadn’t, this guide can help them through the next steps to regain some control and support their wellbeing.
Finding out that your teen may be sexting can feel shocking and upsetting. It’s important to remain calm, empathetic and supportive. Here are our top tips for supporting your teen if sexting has gone wrong.
Dr Weston Talks with Chief Constable Simon Bailey: Sexual Harassment and Child Abuse – What Parents Should Do
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks to Chief Constable Simon Bailey about the culture of violence against women and girls, particularly in schools. They outline the key things that parents and schools should do to cultivate open and honest discussion around issues of sexual harassment, sexting and predatory behaviour online.