Digital 5 A Day
The Digital 5 A Day provides a simple framework that reflects the concerns of parents/ carers as well as children’s behaviours and needs. It can also act as a base for family agreements about internet and digital device use throughout both the holidays and term time.
Based on the NHS’s evidence-based ‘Five steps to better mental wellbeing’, the 5 A Day campaign gives children and parents easy to follow, practical steps to achieve a healthy and balanced digital diet.
The internet has enabled everyone to maintain friendships and family relationships no matter where they are in the world and children often say that chatting with friends is the best thing about social media.
It’s important to acknowledge that this is how children keep in touch but it’s also important to have a conversation with them about who they are connecting with and their privacy settings. Remember to keep a dialogue open and talk to your child to understand how they’re spending their time and so that they can come to you for help should they need to.
Activity is very important for mental wellbeing and all children should have time to switch off and get moving.
Children don’t have to be an athlete to be active. Find something that they enjoy – be that swimming, walking, dancing or yoga – begin at a level that works for them and make it a regular activity.
Researching an activity or place online before going out is a good way of combining the two and provides an opportunity for you to use the internet together.
The internet provides children with unlimited opportunities to learn and to be creative. From learning to code to building complex structures in Minecraft to creating video content, the summer can be a great opportunity for children to build their digital skills. Time spent online doesn’t have to be spent passively consuming content. It can be educational, creative and can provide opportunities to build skills for later life.
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Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield’s statement on amendment to the Data Protection Bill09/12/2017 10:10:00
As Children’s Commissioner I have made it a priority to investigate ways to protect and empower children online while holding social media companies to account. I am therefore pleased to hear that, thanks to the campaign lead by Baroness Kidron, the Government has laid a critically important amendment to the Data Protection Bill which will see the UK leading the way in ensuring better protection for children’s data.
New initiative to help children identify fake news welcome addition to on-going digital resilience debate07/12/2017 15:10:00
Blog posted by: Anne Longfield, 06 November 2017.
Anne Longfield responds to Shelter’s report on children homeless at Christmas06/12/2017 14:10:00
Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, has responded to Shelter’s report on children homeless at Christmas.
How parents and carers can support their children to manage their rights and privacy online29/11/2017 16:20:00
Blog posted by: Anne Longfield, 28 November 2017.
Joint letter from Anne Longfield and UK Children’s Commissioners to the Chancellor calling for Universal Credit roll-out to be paused for children and families20/11/2017 12:25:00
Anne Longfield and her fellow UK Commissioners have written to the Chancellor Philip Hammond to ask him to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit for children and families. In their joint letter, below, they explain why.