Advice to help for children who want to socialise online with their friends.
Put some playtime back into their day with friendly faces from school or nursery:
This age group may feel the separation from their friends the most as they have established friendships and are less likely to have their own devices to stay in touch.
Most children in this age group will be established users of social media and it’s likely that they’ll want to spend more time on their devices.
Check-in on how they are socialising online Find out what apps they’re using and make sure they have the correct privacy settings, particularly if they’re starting to use apps like Houseparty.
Accept that kids’ screen time will increase but encourage them to use screen time tools or activity monitors to see how their usage is changing and what impact this might be having on their physical activity or sleep.
Most importantly, continue to check in with them and be prepared to help them through the anxiety that being separated from strong friendship groups may cause.
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