A selection of useful information for the summer holidays.

Internet safety advice

Some handy advice for anyone who will be around children and young people using the internet over the summer holidays, around setting parental controls on various social media platforms, with thanks to Internet Matters. You can search by device, network or platform name (eg broadband, mobile, social media, search engines, Google, Snapchat) and the instructions are very clear and straightforward, to allow you to limit the usage appropriate to the age of the young people.  There are also guidelines regarding what is appropriate.

Water safety advice

The RNLI’s water safety advice bears repeating.  This year their campaign is focused on what to do if you fall into the water unexpectedly – which is the major cause of drowning incidents in UK waters.  See www.respectthewater.com for more information, and what to do.

5 steps to float

  1. Fight your instinct to thrash around
  2. Lean back, extend your arms and legs
  3. If you need to, gently move your arms and legs to help you float
  4. Float until you can control your breathing
  5. Only then, call for help or swim to safety

Sun safety advice

Again, old advice, but worth repeating. This is the NHS’s sun safety advice

Make sure you:
  • spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm.
  • make sure you never burn.
  • cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses.
  • take extra care with children.
  • use at least factor 30 sunscreen.

Or you can remember the 5 S’s of sun safety:

  1. SLIP on a t-shirt
  2. SLOP on SPF 30+ broad spectrum UVA sunscreen
  3. SLAP on a broad brimmed hat
  4. SLIDE on quality sunglasses
  5. SHADE from the sun whenever possible


Where to go and what to do

If you’re looking for activities for the summer, Support in Cornwall, the Council’s information website for children and families, has a host of free and cheap activities across the summer, and you can sort by location, and keywords.

For families with a child or children with additional needs, Cornwall Council is operating a Max Card scheme, to give families free or discounted admission at venues across the UK.   These include bowling alleys, castles, trampoline parks, and other attractions. All families who have a child registered on the Disabled Children’s Record, are eligible to apply, but there is a delay of up to 6 weeks in receiving the card. Cards issued in Cornwall can be used elsewhere in the UK, and the website has a full list of where they can be used in Cornwall and elsewhere.

You can apply, and find out more, on the Support in Cornwall website.