21 April 2021
Getting to know what your child is doing online
Find out the different things your child likes to spend time on online. The online world is full of lots of great resources and you should try to make sure your child is making the most of them all!
Understanding what your child likes to do online is a good first step in helping them manage how they spend time on their favourite device. There’s no set amount of time your child should or shouldn’t spend online and it’s important to do what’s right for your family. Remember not every online activity is the same and children can still experience risks even when online for a short time.
It’s best to start any conversation about keeping safe online with the positives. So why not start by exploring what your child likes to do and which are their favourite apps and games. Making sure your child is doing a range of different activities online will help them develop new skills and good online habits as they get older.
We know children like to use apps and games to watch, create, connect, play and learn so we’ve put together some questions to help you talk about each of these different types of apps. This will help give you an overview of how they like to spend their time online and get to know some of the apps, sites and games they use a little better.
Talk to your child about what they like to do online and why. Try to fit every app, site or game you discuss under at least one of the five categories (some may go under more than one). Aim to have at least one activity for each category.
As well as fun time, try to ensure your child is using the internet in other ways, such as for learning, exercise and developing new skills.