SOCIAL WELLBEING

Looking out for ourselves and others

Most of the information regarding children and their social wellbeing can be found under the wellbeing tab. Our social wellbeing is important as it can help us to build and maintain positive relationships that then become our social network, people we love, people we trust, people who help us. When we are younger we go through many changes in relationships especially when it comes to school. As adults, we don't stop going through these changes and sometimes they can get harder. Teaching children about changes in relationships can help them to understand and think positively about social aspects, now and in the future. 

How do we maintain social wellbeing? 

Kids Playing Tug of War
 

POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS

As parents and carers, we know how important building positive relationships can be towards children's growth and social wellbeing. The best thing that we can do is encourage them to build relationships, help them when the relationships they have built may be going through a rocky time and reassure them when relationships change. 

When we are younger it can seem like one of the hardest things when your friend group changes or you stop speaking to someone that you used to be best friends with. It doesn't make sense that this is okay (the steps found under the emotional wellbeing tab can be very helpful for this). 

Relationships are where children learn about manners, inclusivity, listening to others, and many other skills. We can help them to develop these attributes by encouraging social interactions on a regular basis. 

 

ASPECTS OF SOCIAL WELLBEING

On the social wellbeing page, we also discuss the importance of inclusion and the changes that social media might be making to our social wellbeing.

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INCLUSION

Inclusion is so important for people to learn as everyone deserves to have a sense of belonging, be given opportunities, and feel involved. Inclusion teaches us manners and how to be kind to others, it teaches us about relationships and how you don't have to be best friends to include others. It teaches us about diversity. 


As adults, we need to encourage and demonstrate inclusion, we need to teach children about diversity and we need to challenge any clear acts against inclusion. Only then will we ALL be able to achieve social wellbeing. 

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SOCIAL MEDIA 

Social Media has changed the way we interact with others, the way we learn, and the way that we display ourselves to others. Information on social media and social wellbeing can be found here.


As parents and carers, there is often monitoring involved in any online activities, however, the biggest concern is how often people are spending on their phones and how much it is taking away from the all-important face-to-face interactions that people need for their social wellbeing. Social media has some excellent platforms that can be informative, helpful and allow people to connect with others. However, we can't take this for granted, stepping away from technology and spending time in the real world is so important. 

I always find that stepping away from my phone can instantly make me feel better, like I say technology is important and is a big part of the world today, but try to think of ways we can reduce technology. We have a no technology at the table rule, we all sit and talk over dinner. Little steps like this can help bring us back into the real world. 

Social Distancing

SOCIALISING AFTER COVID-19

Covid has had a very large impact on many individuals, young and old, men and women. Everyone has been through a new experience so we may be a little out of touch with socialising. The first thing to remember is that it is okay to be feeling a little nervous about starting things again, even if it is a new feeling. Many children and adults will be worried about returning to school or work, going back to clubs, or just meeting up with friends again. 

To find some tips on how to deal with this head over to the COVID-19 tab here

 

In the media gallery below you will find some videos that explain the importance of inclusion and diversity. Videos that consider the impact of social media on our social wellbeing and some pictures that consider the pros and cons of social media as well as a demonstration of true belonging. These videos can be shared with older children if you wish as they are great examples to help understand these aspects of social wellbeing. They are also very thought-provoking videos and could be used to start conversations about inclusion and the wellbeing of ourselves and others.

 
 

If there is any information on this page that you would like to know more about or if you need help finding some additional resources you can ask through the FAQ page or contact me directly at leylagunn@outlook.com. I will do my best to help you in any way that I can.