Summer 2021 – how the time is flying! The last 16 months have been a roller coaster ride thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and we’ve all been looking forward to getting back to some sort of “normal”. Having said that, summer often means a change to the usual routine for families, and maybe a holiday (which may be particularly welcome this year)! Most of us hope that the weather will be good with sunshine and a bit of heat – well, the Met Office issued its first ever amber weather warning for extreme heat for 19th – 22nd July, so that may be a bit too hot! 

 

There’s lots of useful information to help parents with various challenges that summer brings and we’re listing them here. Take a look and if you think they’re helpful, do tell your friends. 

 

 

Weather

 

How to cope in hot weather (NHS) 

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke (NHS)

Sunscreen and sun safety (NHS)

Sunscreen fact sheet (British Association of Dermatologists)

Safer sleep advice for babies in summer (Lullaby Trust)

Sun Safety (Cancer Research UK)

–  Keeping your baby safe in the sun (NHS)

Watch how your child’s pushchair could overheat in the sun (Which)

How to keep your baby sleeping safely in hot weather (Made For Mums)

Lightning at leisure, what to do if there’s a storm when you’re out or camping (RoSPA)

 

Water Safety

 

Summer water safety (Royal Life Saving Society) 

–  How to float, short film of what to do if you’re in trouble in water (Royal National Lifeboat Institution)

Home and Dry, online water safety course (West Mercia Search and Rescue)

Cold water shock (Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service) 

Water safety tips for parents (Canal and River Trust)

Lifesaver, Lifechanger water safety toolkit (for families) – Royal Life Saving Society 

Cold water shock, short film – (Prof Mike Tipton for Drowning Prevention Week 2020)

 

 

Going Out/Travel

 

Two hour car seat rule for babies (Made for Mums)

Staying safe when you’re out and about (Child Accident Prevention Trust)

Advice if your teen goes on holiday with friends (Family Lives)

Holidays abroad if you’re divorced or separated (Family Lives)

 

 

Online Safety

 

Grandparents’ guide to online safety (Internet Matters)

Staying safe online in the summer holidays – advice for parents and carers (Childnet)

Net Aware guide to the apps, games and social media sites (NSPCC)

Teen chat rooms (Family Lives)

Live streaming online safety guide (National Online Safety)

Keeping children safe online (NSPCC)

Setting up parental controls on Netflix (Safer Internet Centre)

Gaming: what parents and carers need to know (Think U Know) 

Family Video Game Database  

Cyberbullying advice (Bullying UK/Family Lives)

Help keep your children happy and safe online this summer holiday (Childnet)

Cyberbullying conversation starter guide (Internet Matters) 

Experiencing or witnessing online bullying (West Mercia Police)

 

 

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

 

#Selfcare Summer Primary Pack (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families)

#Selfcare Summer Secondary Pack (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families)

Depression: summer holiday coping tips for students (Blurt Foundation)

5 Ways you could look after your mental health this summer (Young Minds)

Mental health advice for parents and children this summer (BBC Bitesize)

 

 

Activities

 

 Ready Steady Worcestershire, activities and school holiday food (Worcestershire Children First)

How to keep children entertained during the summer holidays (Family Lives)

Activities for children (includes activities for children with disabilities) (Change 4 Life)

10 minute shake up games for children (Change 4 Life)

How to keep your teenager entertained during the summer  holidays (Teen Tips)

 

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Thank you for reading this, have a lovely summer!