WITH the beginning of the summer season holidays and the seemingly countless prospects for weeks of enjoyable, you’d be forgiven for pondering that our kids have quite a bit to have fun.
Debra Radford, NSPCC assistant director for Yorkshire, Humber and the North East, says: “For a lot of of our kids that could be very true, however we all know from contacts to Childline that for some kids these summer season holidays mark the tip of their main college journey they usually’re dealing with the daunting prospect of beginning secondary college simply weeks away.
“Our devoted volunteers at Childline from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 delivered 472 counselling classes to kids and younger individuals who have been involved and fearful about beginning a brand new college.
“Youngsters have instructed us that beginning secondary college is usually a scary time and yearly numerous younger individuals inform us that they’re fearful concerning the change in setting, about their pals not going to the identical college and worries round if they are going to be bullied.
“These worries have been compounded by Covid, the cancellation of transition days for yr 6 pupils means the traditional apprehension surrounding beginning a brand new college might really feel extra overwhelming than it might have accomplished earlier than the pandemic.
“So, I wished to supply some recommendation, not in September for when the massive day arrives however now in the beginning of the vacations so we as mother and father and carers may also help our kids put together and really feel higher concerning the prospect of this new chapter of their lives.
“We may also help kids perceive that while change can really feel actually tough, overcoming it will get simpler the extra typically they do it and the way ultimately they might begin to sit up for new challenges.
“The thought of getting new lecturers, new topics and assembly new individuals could be scary but additionally fairly thrilling. You will need to discuss to your youngster, take heed to their issues and perceive that they might be feeling scared, excited and, additionally, unhappy.
“Going from main to secondary college is a giant change – there are many new individuals, new routines and completely different work to get used to. They might be catching public transport by themselves for the primary time for instance. While it’s comforting to have a well-recognized buddy from main college who could be sharing this new expertise that’s not at all times attainable. So, I’d say you will need to deal with the positives together with your youngster, maybe remind them of after they began main college – or different occasions the place they could have been in an unfamiliar place with new individuals.
“It’s so necessary to deal with the positives in your conversations together with your youngster and from the moderated message boards on the Childline web site we see a number of positivity being shared by the younger individuals who put up, supporting one another at this probably scary time and sharing their very own experiences of beginning “large” college.
Childline is right here, 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Younger individuals can contact 0800 1111 or 1-2-1 chat on childline.org.uk.