Safer Internet Day 9th February 2021

What better time than Safer Internet Day, to think about how safe our children are when they are using the online space. Here are five ways to help your child stay safe and Thrive online: Take time to set up parental controls properly on all devices that your child is using connected to the Internet. […]

Education Restart Wellbeing Fund

Soon Schools will be receiving their share of the “Education Restart Wellbeing Fund” which has been provided by the Department for Education to help support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. At Thrive Academy we are passionate about the wellbeing of children and young people and have used our extensive research […]

Five ways to help your child Thrive Online (Parenting Week October 2020)

Your child has just been given a small, fragile, sparkly, expensive device. With a few taps on the screen, they can exchange photographs, comments, videos, and messages with anyone, anywhere in the world. From their point of view, their smartphone, and the social media platforms that they are now using, are a rite of passage, […]

5 Ways to Thrive Online (World Mental Health Day 2020)

Today is World Mental Health day. Have you ever thought about how using social media can both positively and negatively impact your mental health?  Social media is great for connecting and keeping informed, but it can also have a negative impact on us.  Ever notice yourself: feeling down or angry because of what others post,  […]

Masterclasses piloted at Down High School

On Tuesday 22nd September, Thrive Academy successfully road tested its brand-new digital resilience masterclasses with 75 Year 10 pupils in three classes at Down High School, Downpatrick. This is what the pupils had to say about the experience: – “The best part was discussing as a class about social media” (Sera) “I really enjoyed it, […]

7 things to consider before buying a smart phone for your child

*Spoiler alert: no parental judgement in this blog post! The age that children are getting their own mobile phones seems to be getting younger and younger every year. When a child started secondary level education (around 11 or 12 years old) the norm was that they were presented with a mobile phone. Then younger siblings […]

Scrolling, browsing, tagging, posting

Scrolling, browsing, tagging, posting…every day is consumed with social media activity for many of us. With the worldwide pandemic resulting in lockdown and isolation for millions of people of all ages, a new appreciation for technology was felt (what ever would we have done twenty years ago?!) and for some a steep learning curve in […]