- Online quizzes – there are many virtual quizzes such as this virtual pub quiz that you can take part in. This particular quiz was set up by three friends from Ireland, Italy and The Netherlands who decided it would be a good way to deal with social distancing. They are also raising money to help combat the virus.
- Keeping fit together – in the UK, for example, public figure Joe Wicks has live-streamed a 30-minute workout for children and their parents every day this week with over a million tuning in every day.
- Volunteers from some of the world's biggest tech companies have given their time and expertise to develop a website (covidnearyou.org) which aims to track the spread of the virus. The volunteers –from Apple, Google and Amazon – have worked every night for a week to design the app, along with a group of epidemiologists.
- Similarly, the World Health Organization (WHO) has joined up with Facebook, Microsoft and other tech companies to hold a hackathon to promote the development of software that can take on challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Supermarkets are one of the few places that many of us are still allowed to go to in order to get essential supplies. As such, they are potentially somewhere where we might come into closer contact with others. Schemes to help customers to stay 2 metres apart have been set up, but some supermarkets are allowing customers to use an app to scan their shopping as they put it into their bag as they move around the store and then pay using a contactless machine which limits the need to queue to pay. Again, look out for similar examples near you.
We'll be bringing you a range of articles and insights on the opportunities and challenges of being online during COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks. Keep checking the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal and follow our social channels on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.