Digital family advice

Below are links  to a number of high quality articles about how you can help and support your child in their mental health and their online safety.

Where can your child get mental health support online?

There are times when we all feel the strain. As parents and carers, there are ways that you can support children and young people to give them the best chance to stay mentally healthy.

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: should I be worried?

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