Hi families,

This one is for you.

Our children may be feeling the pressure of remote learning and being away from friends but some of us adults are also feeling the pressure of juggling work, home schooling, supporting a family, possibly a loss of a job, etc..

It is really important that you look after yourselves and take time to give yourself and break and just breathe.

Remember; you can't look after others if you don't look after yourself first.

Here is also a great link if you want time to just sit, unwind and have some time to yourself. It's worth a look.

(Press control + click to open link below)

Virtual calming room

Happy reading,

Ms Jodie

Parents and carers: be kind to yourself

This an unpredictable and uncertain time for everyone. With schools closed many parents and carers are wondering how they are going to cope for long periods at home with the children and young people in their care.

It’s the same as what they tell you on planes. You need to put on your own oxygen mask before you can help others. It’s a huge struggle to care for children if we neglect to look after ourselves. While you may think: ‘easier said than done’ – it really does make a difference.

Here are 4 steps you can follow to help you be kind to yourself.

 

  1. Regulate

Stay calm when you are feeling emotionally out-of-sorts.

Think about what helps you to be calm and healthy. Can you build some of these things into your day?  They might be quick things like sitting down for breakfast each morning, or longer things like watching a show you like after the kids are in bed. A regular household routine helps.

Some examples of things that are known to make us feel better are: getting outside and taking a walk or doing some other exercise, having a regular cuppa and snack break, watering pot plants, doing a crossword puzzle, ringing a friend, listening to music (and singing along), cooking, day dreaming, playing with a pet or sharing some silly messages and other fun things on social media.

If you build these activities into your day in a planned way, it gives you a break from monotonous tasks and provides something to look forward to. Even a few minutes of something pleasurable, a few times a day, can help build your tolerance for the challenging situation you’re in.

dog playing with a toy

  1. Relate

Connect with another person to feel better.

One of the most effective ways to look after ourselves is to connect with other adults. So, reach out to others however you can – by phone, social media or video calls (FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype etc.).

Share your ideas and questions about how you can support and manage the kids in these new circumstances. Talk about how you can look after yourself and each other. If you have a worker who supports your family, don’t be afraid to let them know when you’re struggling – just talking it through can be reassuring. No-one expects you to breeze through this situation without some tough times.

  1. Reason

Use logical thinking.

It’s helpful to limit the time you expose yourself to news and current events. We need to stay informed, but it is important to avoid becoming overloaded and overwhelmed by negative news.

Acknowledge your feelings and adjust your expectations, it’s OK to not have all the answers. If you are feeling particularly worried or anxious try and stop what you’re doing. Go to another room (even to the bathroom) and take some deep breaths. If possible, now is the time do something to regulate yourself.

Understand that the kids living with you will be looking to you to see how you’re coping. If you show them that you’re staying calm, they will be more likely to mirror that approach.

If your kids normally go to school, you can’t recreate school and be a perfect teacher.  But you can do fun activities with your kids that will help them learn. Contact your kids’ school for guidance and reassurance if needed. ABC Education has a great website with resources for primary and secondary school children.

  1. Remember

Looking after yourself is not a luxury – it’s essential.

By looking after yourself you’re staying healthy and well – so you can have a better time with the kids.

Be kind to yourself and do the best you can. You might need to take it hour-by-hour, but this period of isolation is only temporary and will end. And every day is a new day.

You can do this.

 

 


Safe & Responsible Online Behaviour 

When I use digital technologies I communicate respectfully by: 

  • always thinking and checking that what I write or post is polite and respectful 

  • being kind to my friends and classmates and thinking about how the things I do or say online might make them feel (ask students to reflect on how they would feel.) 

  • not sending mean or bullying messages or forwarding them to other people. 

When I use digital technologies I protect personal information by being aware that my full name, photo, birthday, address and phone number is personal information and is not to be shared online. This means I: 

  • protect my friends’ information in the same way 

  • protect my passwords and don’t share them with anyone except my parent 

  • only ever join spaces with my parents or teacher’s guidance and permission 

  • never answer questions online that ask for my personal information 

  • know not to post three or more pieces of identifiable information about myself. 

When I use digital technologies I respect myself and others by thinking about what I share online. This means I:

  • stop to think about what I post or share online 

  • use spaces or sites that are appropriate, and if I am not sure I ask a trusted adult for help 

  • protect my friends’ full names, birthdays, school names, addresses and phone numbers because this is their personal information 

  • speak to a trusted adult if I see something that makes me feel upset or if I need help 

  • speak to a trusted adult if someone is unkind to me or if I know someone else is upset or scared 

  • don’t deliberately search for something rude or violent 

  • turn off or close the screen if I see something I don’t like and tell a trusted adult 

  • am careful with the equipment I use. 

When I use digital technologies I understand that:

  • I will not connect any device (such as a USB, camera, phone or smart watch) to school technology or download and run any programs or software (this includes games) unless permission is given 

  • school devices are only to be used for educational purposes

  • I do not to alter the settings or appearance of my Google Drive unless directed to do so by my teacher

  • the work and videos sent by my teacher are NOT to be reproduced, recorded or redistributed in anyway and I understand that St Augustine’s can take action if there is a breach of copyright 

  • I create and present my own work, and if I copy something from online, let my audience know by sharing the website link to acknowledge the creator. 

When using online meeting applications I will:

  • attend the online meeting at the correct time

  • wear appropriate clothing by considering what I would wear if I was at school. Pyjamas are not acceptable

  • limit meeting distractions by setting up my device in a quiet space and ensure that people are not seen walking behind me

  • ensure the background is not distracting and appropriate for other participants to see

  • learn how to mute and unmute my microphone and mute it when entering the meeting

  • give the meeting my full attention

  • when asked to speak, speak clearly and with good manners 

  • be prepared for technical difficulties and ask a parent if I need help

  • understand the school may record Google Meet sessions to share with students in my class who cannot meet at the organised time. These will be stored on the School's Google Drive (see the schools Standard Collection Notice and Privacy Policy on the school website) and deleted when they are no longer needed. 

At school we/I have: 

  • discussed ways to be a safe, responsible and ethical user of digital technologies. • 

  • presented my ideas around the ways that I can be a smart, safe, responsible and ethical user of digital technologies. 

I will use this knowledge at school and home and everywhere I use digital technologies