An important aspect of being balanced in which many young people need support and guidance is in technology usage.
For this reason, we wanted to share with you some resources that will help you and your family to manage screen time and also provide meaningful resources while using technology.
Ensuring our young people are balanced in their leisure time can be a challenge in the school holidays. Therefore we encourage you to:
Not use screens right before bed (it is best to have a No Screens in Bedrooms rule).
Make time for reading and enjoying media together.
Monitor what your child is doing on technology (check the browser history).
Model appropriate screen time behaviour (your children are watching you).
Choose good content for your child when they are using devices.
Did you know that many of the platforms used by our children are actually age restricted?
Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest - 13 years and older
Fortnite - 12 years and older
Youtube - 18 years to have own account / 13 years with parental approval.
To support you in making choices with your child, here is a list of Recommended apps and a Website to support phonics for when your child is allowed screen time.
School subscriptions you can also access in the holidays (your child has the passwords):
Other websites for more information:
5 easy screen-time tips for young kids.
Top tips for limiting your child's screen time
Common Sense Media - Website to check whether online content is appropriate for your child