The increase in smart phones and connectivity around the world has enabled us to keep in touch with friends and family no matter where they are. This does also come with increased online risks which you can research further via our NOS parent hub or our online safety page for children or parents.
However, when we Take 5 we want to reflect on how we have connected over the day. Have all of our connections been digital? How have we connected with someone face to face today. This second element can be more challenging in light of current restrictions but where possible this helps to scaffold positive mental health and wellbeing. For example, connecting with people in your household by sharing a story, having a meal together or even waving at the postman as he delivers your mail.
Finding a balance of both on and off screen connections can be difficult but it is important to select an approach that suits you individually and as a family. Each of our families will connect in a different way and that is what makes this strand so special.
Here are some ideas for how you could connect today:
Play a card game
Make or play a board game together
Share some gratitude’s or highlights of the day
Smile and wave at neighbours or friends that you may pass by on your daily walk
Share a story book together
Call a friend for a catch up
Or simply, take time away from devices during meal times together to be present and connect as a family
When reflecting, remember to consider what ‘Connect’ time you need as a family and when this will be most valuable to you.
If you have any questions or would like further support with this, you can contact any of the dedicated leaders within school.