Support Resources and Websites

Parents and Carers

At Thorns Collegiate Academy, we try to embrace and integrate the ever-growing use of electronic technologies in everyday school life, but there is a continued need to safeguard and advise children on the risks involved around developing and new technologies. Below is information that we have collated that can help parents to make sure students protect themselves while online both in school, at home and out and about.

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Kooth is your online mental wellbeing community – find helpful information, join discussion boards for support and chat with the Kooth team or write in your own daily journal to track your feelings or emotions and reflect on how you’re doing.

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Do you struggle to fall asleep?  Do you feel tired? Do you have a child who won’t sleep in their own bed?

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For over 10 years, Ditch The Label have been on a mission to help young people overcome the issues that affect them the most. Whether that’s bullying, mental health, relationships, identity or the tough stuff in-between, they can help by providing digital safe spaces, direct support, education, campaigns and world-class research.
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From age-specific online safety checklists to guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, you’ll find a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world.

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Parent Zone sits at the heart of modern family life, providing advice, knowledge and support, to shape the best possible future for children, as they embrace the online world.

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Let’s Talk About It is an initiative designed to provide practical help and guidance to the public in order to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

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You know your kids. Common Sense Media know media and tech.

Together a digital world can be built where in which young people can thrive.

Families and teachers everywhere trust Common Sense for expert reviews, objective advice, helpful tools, and so much more.

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UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading organisations with one mission – to promote the safe and responsible use of technology for young people.

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Hidden Strength is a unique mental health platform for young people aged 13-24. We offer meaningful support, advice and guidance in a safe, anonymous environment. Support is both peer to peer, and in the form of fully qualified therapists available on demand using secure virtual environments.

The platform also provides holistic mental well-being tools allowing the community to access a range of online education and activities.

Today, social media has become a driving force in our daily lives. However, there exist few options available for mental health assistance. Hidden Strength is a powerful new tool, as a platform that strives to destigmatise psychological and physical health support.

Hidden Strength will be the first mental health portal to build an online community, that serves its users in keeping with their digital lives. Content provided by mental health experts aims to give you the tools to deal with life’s challenges. As a result, therapist support and readable content will be free for those who need it most.

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CEOP is a law enforcement agency and is here to help keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online.

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Childline are here for you, whatever’s on your mind. They will support you. Guide you. Help you make decisions that are right for you.

Childline’s tips and techniques, ideas and inspiration, can help you feel more in control. And you can access them in your own time, at your own pace!

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Our counselling sessions offer you a safe space to talk about the issues you are facing and explore difficult feelings in a confidential, non-judgemental environment.

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