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Online Safety - May

Internet overuse and addiction

If the amount of time you spend online is beginning to affect your day-to-day life, you may be showing some signs of internet overuse or addiction. This is when you use the internet to the point of it causing you harm. This could include addiction to things like gaming and gambling, or using the internet in general.


   How do you know if you need a break?

   Here are some common signs that you might need to switch off for a while.

   1) You're having fewer face-to-face conversations with your friends and family      

   2) You're feeling disconnected from those closest to you

   3) You're constantly comparing yourself with others online 

   4) You're finding it hard to think about and enjoy other things



How to take a break from the internet - comic and podcast

Get Safe Online - UK's leading online advice resource providing practical advice on protecting yourself, and your devices against fraud, identity theft, and viruses

UK Safer Internet Centre - a partnership of Child-net, Internet Watch Foundation, and SWGFL promoting the safe, and responsible use of technology

Have I Been Pwned?  is a website that allows Internet users to check whether their data has been compromised

Check if a website or link is a scam, phishing or legit

Pictured: It's OK to take a break
Link:  A Breath of Fresh Air: 5 Minute Nature Meditation 


The Learning Resource Centres (LRCs) across Vision West Nottinghamshire College offer comprehensive library services and IT facilities. The guides on this page aim to answer your questions about how to use the LRCs and the resources available to you.  We have a range of subject guides for your area of study.  These have links to lots of online resources so please take a look.

Click on the relevant image to the right to access LRC Online for college staff, LRC Online for students, or LRC Online for off campus users if you are a work based learner, doing an apprenticeship, or an apprenticeship specialist member of staff.

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May 2024


Now let's go for a stroll! Walking has a lot of advantages for both our physical and emotional wellbeing. It can strengthen our heart and lungs, improve our cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, decrease body fat, aid in weight loss, and have a host of other advantages.

Use the stairs rather than the lift, walk rather than drive to the store, go for a stroll during your lunch break or get together with pals in the park. There are countless options, and all it takes is 30 minutes a day of vigorous walking to significantly improve our mental and physical well-being.


For additional information about the advantages of walking, visit the NHS Walking for Health Website here 



Walking & Orienteering

Fitness Walking

Wild Trail

Peak District Walks

The Peak District


The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) organises National Gardening Week with the aim of promoting gardening and horticultural knowledge.Its goal is to motivate individuals to engage in outdoor physical activity with their loved ones. The influence of nature on our mental and emotional wellness can be profound.

Plants and gardens have the power to uplift us and that's why we urged everyone to get involved in National Gardening Week this year, in whatever way they could. It's more important than ever that we savour the beauty of flowers and trees because gardens are a natural tonic.” - Alan Titchmarsh


Grow it Eat it

Essential Gardening


How to get kids offline

Learn to Garden

The Cake Shop in the Garden


"May the Fourth be with You" 

It all started with the book 'Dune' by Frank Herbert. It was first published in 1965 and became the base inspiration for Star Wars. The first movie was produced by George Lucas in 1977 and was a great success. The number of fans has been growing ever since. Even today, over 40 years later Star Wars remains one of the most successful movies of all time.  The 4th of May brings people together from all over the world, no matter what background they are from to celebrate and enjoy the day. There are events organised all over the world.                                   



The recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week is a nod to the fact that our mental and physical health are equally important. Numerous unsolved mental health concerns can result in medical complications. This awareness week is intended to assist you in identifying your mental health requirements, your sources of happiness, and the steps necessary to attain stability and balance in your life.

The Mental Health Foundation has declared the theme of "Movement: Moving more for our mental health". 

"To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times, what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks but a special heart that listens."  F. Scott Fitzgerald


stress of modern man

An Introduction to Mental Health

Supporting Mental Health in Primary and Early Years

This book could help

Peer Support in Mental Health