In the UK a third of under-fives now have their own tablets and many are skilled at streaming content online. Studies suggest that unsupervised access to low quality content could have a detrimental effect upon play, sleep and eating. However, there are many benefits in the use of technology such as the development of hand eye coordination, understanding of systems and problem solving. It is believed these benefits are enhanced when screen time goes hand in hand with other interaction such as discussion. Supervision and moderation are important. You can find out more about screen time guidelines here. We work hard to keep children safe and monitor them closely when using the internet in preschool. You may find the links below helpful.
- CEOP Website Make a report if you are worried about inappropriate communication online.
- NSPCC net aware a bite-size guide to the latest and most popular social networks, apps and games.
- CBBC stay safe targeted at slightly older children help and advice, skills, inspiration on all things online.
- Childnet a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
- Think you know a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
- UK Safer internet Centre online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.
- Hungry Little Minds advice on how to choose educational apps and games.