Safer Internet Centre
Parents and carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online, and they are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong. We know it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use, so we hope that the following advice helps.
TIPS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY (from The National Literacy Trust)
When choosing apps for your child, it’s useful to consider what Lisa Guernsey and Michael Levine call the 4 Cs:
- Your Child: It has to be something they will enjoy and which relates to them specifically
- The Content: Suits their abilities and helps them learn something
- The Community: Apps reflect what your child sees around them
- The Context: Make sure the children are also spending time offline
Watch gameplay footage of the app on Youtube so you know what it does. It’s a great way to get a feel for what your children will be doing before buying.
Things that you should always try to avoid are:
- Gender or racial stereotyping
- Pop-up adverts and sales promotion
Exploration is the best form of learning so don't let yourself or the app be too strict about how your child plays with it.
Apps, and technology overall, are another tool for learning. Children get the most out of playing with apps if they are well chosen by parents and if played together.
The National Literacy Trust have put together a guide for parents with tips for how to choose and use apps to support children's literacy development, as well as a selection of apps they have already identified as supporting the development of listening and attention, understanding, speaking, reading and writing skills.
Oxford Owl Expert Help
E-Safety, tablets and apps: Parenting in the digital world can be a challenge, but it provides great potential for both playing and learning. These top tips from e-safety expert, Charlotte Aynsley, will help make the internet as much fun as possible for you and your family.