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In our second episode of Raising Teens, we’re looking at home schooling and education in lockdown. With lockdown set to continue for most young people, we explore what is life like for families and teens who have had exams cancelled and aren’t sure what happens next. We look at what support is available for students who have limited access to technology – 700,000 children don’t have a laptop or tablet of their own and 60,000 don’t have access to broadband in the UK. Some have no quiet space at home to work in. And when schools do re-open more fully, how comfortable are parents with sending their children back there?

Our guests, speaking to host, Guy Lloyd, are Rose Scott, counsellor at Hove Park school, Dr Kerstyn Comley, founder of the MeeTwo app and Matt Dumbledon, a father and part of the team at Dad La Soul, a grassroots community to support dads.

Teen reporter, Lola Ray, spoke to teens about how they were getting on with studying from home, how much time they spent on their school work and how they think the pandemic and lockdown might affect their future.

Dr Kerstyn Comley talks about anxiety on Raising Teens

You can hear Raising Teens on BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey at 7.30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and online on BBC Sounds.

🔊 Listen to Lockdown Home Schooling on BBC Sounds

🔊 Listen to last week’s show on Anxiety in a Pandemic on BBC Sounds

Help and advice

NSPCC support and advice for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) 

Place 2 Be information on schools and education during the pandemic 

NHS mental health support for young people 

Young Minds advice and tips for young people who are self isolating

MeeTwo is a free fully moderated app for young people, providing peer support, expert help, educational and creative resources as well as links to UK charities and helplines.

The Student Room, coronavirus-related advice and support for students

Kooth, an online mental wellbeing community

Huge thanks to the lovely Emma Foster from Knowso – a company set up to inspire women to start their own businesses and enterprises – for talking to Make (Good) Trouble founder Daisy Cresswell.

In this video Q&A, Daisy shares her experiences of setting up the social enterprise and the challenges of finding funding and the value of building a supportive community around you.

You can find out about Knowso and read more about lots more inspiring women in business on their website: www.knowso.com

Raising Teens is back for a third series on BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey – and, for the first time, on other BBC stations around the country – we’re going national! This special series focuses on lockdown and the pandemic. Host Guy Lloyd and teen reporter Lola Ray are back for series three. The first episode focuses on anxiety and how this pandemic is affecting teens and their families.

You can hear Raising Teens on BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey at 7.30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and online on BBC Sounds.

This first episode looks anxiety and how parents and carers – who may be struggling themselves – can help their teens with anxiety in lockdown, what is causing it and how teens, parents and carers can get support. There are the usual tips and information on where to get support, so it’s a super useful episode. Guests in this episode are psychotherapist Donna Peters-Lamb from Make Sense Psychotherapy, Mo Bham, Educational Psychologist and Head of Learning Support Services for Brighton & Hove and parent Sophie.

Parent, Sophie, on Raising Teens: Anxiety in a Pandemic

Another first for us and for BBC Radio Sussex is that the whole series is being recorded in lockdown with guests, host and producer, as well as all Lola and her teen interviewees – all recording remotely from their respective homes. Brighton and Hove City Council supports this series. They say it’s an “important and timely radio series that provides accessible information and ideas to help parents and families in lockdown.”

🔊 You can listen to all episodes of Raising Teens here

Where to get support

Young Minds’ information and help with anxiety

Young Minds’ Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines) 

For England-wide mental health services and support (11-25 years), including advice on depression, relationships, bullying and anxiety, please visit: www.findgetgive.com

If you are in a crisis and looking for support, please visit: www.findgetgive.com/crisis/

The Children’s Society advice on anxiety

Support in Sussex:

Brighton & Hove wellbeing service

CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services) in East Sussex01323 464222 – Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 5pm, Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm. Email: 0-19.SPOA@eastsussex.gov.uk 

East Sussex helpline for parents and carers of young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability), available during school and setting closure period. Leave your name, telephone number and brief description of the kind of you support you need: 01273 481967

West Sussex educational psychology service community call-back, available during school and setting closure period: https://westsussex.local-offer.org/information_pages/609-educational-psychology-service-community-call-back

Health in Mind, NHS organisation providing courses and therapies to help with stress, anxiety and low mood in East Sussex  https://www.healthinmind.org.uk

For a list of all Brighton and Hove services (11-25 years) please search: www.wheretogofor.co.uk