Managing screen time, health and wellbeing

Managing screen time and online safety

It’s important you keep a balanced approach to home learning. Time spent using digital devices for learning should be broken up with physical exercise and offline learning tasks often.

It’s also important that during this time of remote learning we maintain safe and responsible use of information and communication technologies. This includes:

  • the appropriate use of digital platforms, privacy and information protection
  • respectful online communication.

Mental health and wellbeing check-in

Just as you set aside time for physical exercise, it is important to make time each day to check in on your child’s mental health and wellbeing.

As your child adjusts to their new routine and not being able to see their friends in person, it is important to be understanding of their feelings of frustration, anxiousness and even anger – every child will react differently.

To support your child, use these mental health and wellbeing check ins to:

  • provide an opportunity to talk about how they feel and listen to what they say
  • identify one or two things they could do to address what they are concerned or angry about
  • ask how they are going, whether they are finding it easy or hard to learn remotely, and if there is anything they’d like your help with.

There is a risk that your child may be bullied online. If you think this happening to them, support is available on how to talk to your child and your school at: Bully Stoppers.

Parentline also offers support on parenting issues such as education and bullying.

If you have any other concerns about the health and wellbeing of your child, contact your school directly, which will have access to resources that can help.

Talking to your child about coronavirus (COVID-19)

You can follow tips for talking to your child about coronavirus (COVID-19). They include how to have a safe and reassuring conversation and links to resources to help you and your family.