Keeping Safe On-Line

8th July 2020

Staying Safe Online

Pushed for time? Do these Three Key Things to keep children safe online

Not sure where to start or don't have much time? If you only do three things, we recommend:

  1. Check the settings on all devices that your children use see the NSPCC's excellent guide on how to do this
  2. Aim for a balance of activities including time in the day when children have a break from screen time. Harold's Daily Diary has lots of non-screen ideas for younger children. I have added an extract of Harold's Diary below.
  3. Talk to your child about safety. Explain that if something they experience online makes them confused or just feels wrong then they need to tell you about it straight away.

Monday 6th of July

Ahh, Monday again - there are only a couple more weeks left till the end of term!

I had such a lovely socially-distanced meet up with my friends Kiki the Kangaroo and Derek the Penguin this weekend!

I went prepared with everything I needed to keep us all clean and safe (a mask and hand sanitizer), plus things to prepare us for any kind of weather. I took a sun hat, sun cream, an umbrella, waterproofs... everything! Better safe than sorry!

As promised, Derek told us about the special activity he had planned (do you remember me telling you about it in Friday's diary?) It turned out to be a fun way of thinking about things we're grateful for in day-to-day life. In fact, I thought that it seemed ideal for Mindful Monday!

So, I present to you: Derek the Penguin's Gratefulness Scavenger Hunt!

Here's a list of things for you to find, either inside or outside, which might help you think about the things that you're grateful for, perfect for Mindful Monday. Whilst we were doing these we were careful not to touch anything or pass anything to each other in order to stay Covid-safe, but if you're with people who live in the same house as you, the you can use all of these ideas on your Gratefulness Scavenger Hunt! Remember to check with a grown-up though, to be sure! Or you could take photographs of the items for a Gratefulness Scavenger Album!

Find:

  1. Something that makes you happy
  2. Something to give to someone else that'll make them smile
  3. Something that you love the smell of
  4. Something you think is pretty to look at
  5. Something that's your favourite colour
  6. Something that could be made into a present for someone
  7. Something that could be made useful for yourself.

I think there are some fascinating things to find there - it really makes you think about and appreciate the little things that make us happy. If you do decide to do this mindful and meaningful scavenger hunt, you could even add some of your own categories. 

Plus, you could take or draw pictures of the things you find, and send them to me in an email - I'd love to see what you think of and find!

I'll do it today with my mum and dad, and tell you what I find in tomorrow's diary!

Well, there you have a good activity to keep you busy on this Mindful Monday - remember I love hearing about any ideas you have for activities, too.

I'd better get going now - as well as school work and exercise, I need to start thinking about this list of things to find!

You can tell me your ideas for activities or what you've been doing to stay busy, either at school or at home, by emailing me at cle@coram.org.uk

As always, REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me.

Stay happy and healthy - see you soon!

Love from Harold xxx

Tuesday 7th of July

Did you have a nice and thoughtful Mindful Monday? As promised, I did Derek's scavenger hunt and found lots of different objects:

  1. Something that makes you happy: a puddle of water to splash in, wearing my wellies of course!
  2. Something to give to someone else that'll make them smile: an acorn - I think my grandad likes them, there used to be a big oak tree near his house.
  3. Something that you love the smell of: a lovely flower, like a rose or some lavender - I wouldn't pick the flowers though.
  4. Something you think is pretty to look at: a beautiful leaf.
  5. Something that's your favourite colour: foxgloves - my favourite colour is purple, but you must not touch foxgloves - they are poisonous!
  6. Something that could be made into a present for someone: a nice smooth rock to paint for a friend or someone in my family.
  7. Something that could be made useful for yourself: a pinecone. Did you pinecones can be made into weather predictors? Apparently, if it's dry the pinecone opens, but if it's going to rain, the pinecone knows and closes up! So I can have my own little rain forecaster!

Did you try the gratefulness scavenger hunt? It was really fun! It's not too late - you can do it any time!  

Well, today is Try-out Tuesday and I've been trying something new over the past few weeks - growing potatoes! 

They were actually super-duper easy to grow. At the beginning of lockdown I found a potato that had started to sprout shoots. My mum and I decided to plant it in the garden and see what happened, like an experiment!

This weekend we noticed the potato plant was starting to wilt, where it goes all droopy, so we decided to dig it up and see what had happened over the past three months. 

When we dug through the soil we found that loads of potatoes had grown - there were some teeny-tiny ones and some bigger ones, too.

Here are some pictures of me digging them up. The first one is of me with my big garden fork. My mum had to help me start digging.

This next one is when I spotted the first couple of potatoes. Exciting!

Finally, here I am with all the potatoes that had grown. They were very muddy so we washed them thoroughly, don't worry!

Potatoes are a great thing to grow because you don't need a lawn or even or a garden to grow them - a big bucket or plant pot of soil will do the trick, as long as you take care of them by watering them every day!

Do you have any plans for Try-out Tuesday? If you do, I'd love to hear about what you're getting up to.

You can tell me your ideas for activities or what you've been doing to stay busy, either at school or at home, by emailing me at cle@coram.org.uk

As always, REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me.

Stay happy and healthy - see you soon!

Love from Harold xxx

Wednesday 8th of July

Wednesday again - half way through the week!

How was your Try-out Tuesday? Did you get up to anything new?

Hey - do you remember the potatoes I'd grown which I showed you yesterday? Well my dad said we can use them in our tea tonight. I'll let you know how that goes - hopefully they'll be super-duper tasty! Potatoes are also pretty healthy, too, which is a bonus. They have lots of important vitamins in them.

Well today is Workout Wednesday. As I'm sure you know by now, I try to do exercise every day  - not just on Wednesdays, so I think on Wednesdays I can also tell you about all the different things that make our bodies work - not just exercicse. After all, bodies are very complicated things - making them run smoothly isn't always easy, but the more you know, the healthier you can aim to be!

Thinking about this reminded me of an activity you could do, called Health Factory. 'Health Factory' just means your body is like a factory. There are lots of different sections and lots of different jobs to do. Lots of different things have to be done to keep everything running smoothly, just like in a real-life factory.

The Health Factory is a crossword with sixteen clues - lots of facts about our bodies and how they work. If you click on the picture below, you can print the crossword and fill it in. If you can't print it at home, perhaps you could just think of the answers in your head.

You might have noticed the answers are on the bottom of the sheet, so you can check your brains on those bodily facts!

Oh, I've just remembered! I put the pinecones which I collected from the scavenger hunt on my windowsill and you'll never guess what happened... they actually predicted the rain! I noticed that they'd closed up, and sure enough it started to rain a bit later on. Wow!

Well, that's all for today - I've got lots of exercise to be getting on with, plus my school work.

You can tell me your ideas for activities or what you've been doing to stay busy, either at school or at home, by emailing me at cle@coram.org.uk

As always, REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me.

Stay happy and healthy - see you soon!

Love from Harold xxx

New CEOP resources

CEOP - Child Exploitation and Online Protection -  have created a package  to help you support children and families during COVID-19 school closures, online safety at home

Each fortnight, CEOP will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home.

There are separate packs for children of different ages.