'Peaceful Kids' is a Mindfulness and Positive Psychology based program to lessen anxiety and stress and increase resilience in children. The program has been created to fulfil a need in schools to offer all children who suffer from anxiety, a developmentally appropriate program that gives children the skills, practice and support to utilise coping strategies that lessen the symptoms of anxiety and stress. This program helps children to build their emotional resilience, so they are better equiped to deal with the day to day stresses that life brings them. The program also involves parental involvement and commitment to supporting the strategies at home.
Aims of the program
The aims of Peaceful Kids include the following:
- To minimise the symptoms of anxiety and stress
- To build emotional resilience
- To empower children to self-manage their anxiety
- To teach children Mindfulness exercises they can use for life
- To build a reservoir of 'strength' to enable children to cope with life more effectively
- To minimise anxiety symptoms occurring in the future
- To teach children to use a range of effective coping strategies
- To teach children self-calm
- To develop emotional intelligence skills
- To teach children life-long skills to manage stress and prevent stress build up
- To support children so they know that they are not alone with suffering from anxiety.
If you feel your child would benefit from attending the Peaceful Kids classes, please contact your child's teacher.
Cyber Safety - YouTube (YOU MUST BE 13 YEARS OLD)
What is YouTube?
YouTube is a free, user-generated video sharing website that allows users to watch, create and upload their own videos to share with others. YouTube has over a billion users. Anyone is able access the videos on the service online however users must create an account to upload and share their own content. The site is moderated by users who can flag inappropriate content. YouTube
reviews the content and if it violates their community guidelines the content is removed, or age restrictions are put in place.
How are young people using YouTube?
Young people use YouTube to watch, create and upload videos. It is used to socialise, interact, learn, share and watch content. Popular types of videos include music, pranks, parodies, and ‘how to videos’. YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world and can be used as the starting point for research or learning about a particular topic.
What are the age restrictions for YouTube?
Users are required to be 13-years-old to use the site. Users under 13-years-old are recommended
to use YouTube Kids. Age restrictions are difficult
for YouTube to monitor as age is only verified when users create an account, however it is not necessary to have an account to use the service. YouTube restricts videos it has deemed inappropriate for people under 18-years-old by requiring users to sign in to an age verified account before they are able to access restricted content.
Is it free?
It is free to view and upload videos on YouTube
but there is a paid version of the service, known
as YouTube Red. YouTube Red gives subscribers access to ad free viewing as well as enabling them
to watch television shows and movies. This service is available in America and will soon be expanded to other countries. You must be 18 years or older to use this service and you also need a Google account with a valid payment method.
What does subscribing to someone’s
YouTube channel mean?
Subscribing to a channel means that a user is interested in the videos that another user is posting and would like to be notified when new videos are uploaded to the channels they follow. This is very similar to ‘friending’ or ‘following’ on other types of social media. A channel can be run by an individual, organisation or business and can consist of any type of video content.
What is the difference between a YouTube
account, username and channel?
When a YouTube account is created, users are
able log into YouTube and get a username and a channel (a username is often the same as a channel name). A username is used to comment on videos and a channel is used to upload video content. There can be multiple channels under a single YouTube account.
What are some of the potential issues
YouTube consists of user-generated content. Videos found on the site don’t always have age appropriate classifications. The site relies on users to monitor and report inappropriate content. Users do not need to create an account to use the site so it is difficult to manage or regulate underage users. YouTube users may be exposed to bullying and harassment on the site however there are steps people can take to minimise this risk.
What are the recommended settings on
As YouTube users do not have to have a personally identifiable account to use the site, the privacy settings are somewhat limited.
Privacy settings can be created on user accounts and the videos that are uploaded. Videos have three setting options; public, private or unlisted. It is recommended that young people set their videos to private or unlisted.