Invloving your kids in everyday online activities helps build practical skills and demonstrates the convenience of technology.
Creating boundaries, separate logins and ringfenced content is vital to ensure you know where young children are online.
Ensuring the right parental controls are setup is paramount. But, like most things kids need to feel they have some freedom to explore. It's essential to discuss the key issues for your child's age and teach them to keep themselves safe online.
It's important you don't scare kids off the internet. However, like the wolf in Red Riding Hood, not everyone online is who they say they are. It's never safe to meet a stranger, especially someone who they have only spoken to online.
We prefer to focus on the quality not just the quantity of children's screentime (including TV!) It's all too easy to become a passive user of technology. Rather download apps and content that stimulate thinking and creating. Apps like ScratchJR are a great introduction to coding. The right limit will be different for different children at different ages, but should be discussed, explained and agreed with them.