Managing your children’s screen time and encouraging constructive use of the Internet is, in my opinion, one of the biggest challenges mums and dads face. Apple recently invited me to a couple of sessions to talk me through its parental controls and family sharing capabilities. I was also loaned a couple of its devices so I could set up Family Sharing myself and experience first-hand how its products can be used constructively and creatively.
I broke new ground the other day. I did my first Facebook Live event and it was for a cause very close to my heart: promoting a joint campaign run by the NSPCC and O2 to promote keeping kids safe online and help parents set online parental controls.
O2 Guru Raymond (left) and I talk about setting online parental controls during the Facebook Live session.
YouTube Kids; designed specially for the little ones.
I remember the first time I allowed my children to watch YouTube. It must have been about three years ago. It was one of those occasions when I needed some peace and quiet and yet there was nothing suitable on the television. I did a search for Peppa Pig and sat down with my daughter Helen as she watched a few episodes.
Since then, my family’s use of YouTube has become more sophisticated. I’ve used it to watch French-language videos with the kids and found it especially good for sourcing classic educational songs like Frere Jacques. I’ve used it to watch videos about the solar system or wildlife films, depending on what their interest are at a particular time. View Post