Digital Well being for our children
Childnet have updated their digital well being page for 3-7 year olds. Please check out the top tips and resources.
5 top tips for supporting children aged 3-7 online
Discuss how technology fits into family life – Begin by talking about how you use the internet as a family when at home and beyond and how going online can make us feel. Use the conversation starters below to help guide these discussions.
Establish rules and boundaries – Why not try using our family agreement to create a set of boundaries to help keep your child safe when using technology. You could even ask older children to suggest rules which could help you as a family and discuss how they will help keep you all safe when online.
Consider how changes to routine can impact on digital wellbeing – Changes to routine can mean children have more or less access to technology and the internet which can in turn have an impact on how it makes them feel. Discuss as a family how the rules and boundaries you have created with your family agreement will work when there are changes to routine.
Be supportive – It’s important that children know who they can turn to for support and that they feel listened to and supported if anything ever does worry or upset them online. Make sure children know who all the trusted adults are that they can ask for help, whether it’s at home or at school.
Stay informed – It’s important that you know what to do or where to go to find out if ever your child does need help with something that is worrying or upsetting them online. Visit our ‘Need help?’ page for parents and carers for more advice, support and reporting routes.