Watch this panel discussion on ADHD for an in-depth discussion of causes, medication, supportive measures and so much more. Packed full of questions sent in by Tooled Up schools and parents, our panel respond with positivity, bringing the latest research and practical evidence-based suggestions.
This game for children up to the age of 12 focuses on ‘relational bullying’, where young people are unkind to each other in various insidious ways, such as spreading rumours, eye rolling or exclusion. It nudges children to identify these unkind behaviours and then consider how they might make others feel. It also prompts them to think about their values around being kind to others and identify how friends should treat one another.
This activity is aimed at young people who will soon be moving up to Year 7. It nudges them to consider how change makes them feel and think of all the things that they are excited about as well as anything that might make them feel a bit wobbly. It is similar to our activity called ‘How Do I feel About Change’ but has additional sections on seeking further information and making new friends.
We’ve carefully curated a list of family friendly festivals across the UK and mainland Europe that guarantee an unforgettable experience for the whole family. From captivating performances to engaging activities for kids and adults alike, these festivals offer the perfect blend of entertainment, safety, and fun.
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.
If a friend or classmate is diagnosed with a serious illness like cancer, it can feel difficult to know what to say to younger children. Here are some books which might help to open up conversations in an age-appropriate way.
Researcher of the Month: Tanya Manchanda Discusses the Role of Friendship Interventions on the Mental Health Outcomes of Adolescents
Our Researcher of the Month, Tanya Manchanda, has recently published a review which assesses existing friendship interventions and their impacts on the mental health outcomes of adolescents aged 12–24 years. In this interview, Tanya considers what we know about these interventions, for both the teen who is trained and their friends and reveals that surprisingly few interventions which utilise authentic social groups have been studied, despite their potential for strong results. She talks us through some of the interventions that do exist and outlines key things that schools might like to consider when developing and implementing friendship interventions designed to improve teens’ mental health.
Relational aggression is an insidious type of bullying. Rather than causing physical harm, relational aggression is intended to hurt someone’s personal relationships or social standing. It can take on many different forms and can often be subtle and hard to recognise. In this exercise, we encourage you and your teen to consider different types of relational aggression and reflect on your family values when it comes to kindness and how to treat others.
Dr Weston Talks with Dr Danielle Paddock: ‘Feel Cute, Might Delete Later’ – Teens and Appearance-based Interactions on Social Media
In this interview, we talk to cyberpsychologist Dr Danielle Paddock about her fascinating examination of how teens converse with each other about appearance on social media. We know that appearance-related concerns are very high among teens in the UK. We also know that visual social media platform design encourages both image creation/sharing and interactions about these images. Dr Paddock chats about key themes that have emerged in her work, fruitful ways to talk to teens about this issue, and the positive impact of a brief school-based intervention about appearance-based interactions on young people’s body image.
Relational aggression is an insidious type of bullying. Rather than causing physical harm, relational aggression is intended to hurt someone’s personal relationships or social standing. It can take on many different forms and can often be subtle and hard to recognise. In this exercise, designed for use in secondary or senior school, we encourage pupils to consider types of relational aggression across different social scenarios.