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Digital family advice

Below is a fantastic resource, linking you to a number of high quality articles about how you can help and support your child through this time while they are spending more time on internet devices.

Surviving family life under lockdown

Family life has undergone a major upheaval over the past month or so, with households suddenly thrown together night and day, without the respite of work or school.

Instead of the average two to three hours a day spent together, families are having to adjust to life in lockdown with no escape from each other. But is this a trial to be endured or an opportunity to be grasped?

The challenges for us all are enormous, but the way we face them can shape the outcome and bring positive results. Here are some suggestions for surviving family life in lockdown.

Where can your child get mental health support online during lockdown?

As the lockdown is expected to continue for at least another couple of weeks, parents may be concerned about the effect it will have on their child’s mental health – whether or not they have experienced problems before.

Research from YoungMinds suggests that 32 per cent of young people with a history of mental health problems felt that the pandemic had made their mental health much worse, and 51 per cent said that it had made it a bit worse.

Find out more about how you can continue to support your child’s emotional wellbeing during this time of uncertainty.

Video chatting: a guide for parents and carers

Hands up if you’ve used Zoom, FaceTime, Houseparty, Skype or WhatsApp to stay in touch with family and friends since COVID-19 restrictions began? That’ll be most of you, then – and the same is probably true of your children.

Video chat can be a great way for young people to feel close to their friends during this unsettling time, so long as they’re having a positive experience when using it.

Here’s how to help children of different ages get the most from their video chatting experiences.

Nintendo Switch: what parents should know

Since it burst onto the scene in 1983 with a roster of lovable characters and colourful games, Nintendo has become almost synonymous with family-friendly gaming. The company’s latest console – the Nintendo Switch – has taken the world by storm and is a hit with children and adults alike.

Is your child immersed in their favourite Switch game during lockdown? Or are you thinking about ordering a Switch online for your family? Here’s what you need to know.

Screen time during lockdown: should I be worried?

This guide debunks those screen time myths and helps families strike a balance that works for them.