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Positive content and well-being at home
- Children need to keep in touch with those they care about. During the COVID-19 pandemic, digital communication is especially important for children to maintain their relationships, and they need help with this, writes Media Council Chairman, Stine Liv Johansen.
- Let the corona age give way to technological creativity in children and adolescents. Many parents probably ask themselves these days: how can I activate my children during this extraordinary situation? What if we could spend time on the screen for anything else than streaming Netflix or playing games? Coding Pirates and the Media Council for Children and Young People have teamed up to create an overview of digital activities that children and adults can do together.
- Computer games are an important contact channel. During the COVID-19 pandemic, children and young people have been sent home from schools and, often, the whole family is at home all day long. For children and adolescents, who now have no opportunity to meet their friends or take breaks in the school yard, computer games can be a way to play and socialise when everything else is turned upside down.
- Children and young people flock to digital counselling - now your municipality can get started for free. During the lockdown in Denmark, many children and young people have lost the opportunity to participate in physical counselling services. This can enhance the experience of isolation and cause anxiety along the way. The Centre for Digital Pædagogik is offering municipalities the possibility to create digital counselling platforms for free.
- Remember to involve grandparents digitally. Both the youngest and the oldest in the family benefit from maintaining digital contact during the isolation, and there are many opportunities for this, the chairman of the Media Council believes that contact with grandchildren should be a priority.
- Young people share experiences from isolation. The Media Council and Save the Children's youth panel put words to their digital lives under isolation. Here you can read about their experiences with understanding parents, creative teachers and contact with friends.
How to respond to online risks under the COVID-19 pandemic
- We offer digital lectures under COVID-19. While teachers are at home and schools remain closed, the Centre for Digital Pædagogik team cannot offer physical workshops for children and young people as they used to do. Since it is not yet clear when they will be able to retake their face-to-face activities, they are now offering the opportunity to share their digital knowledge in online sessions.
- Talk to your child about COVID-19 fake stories on Snapchat. Fake news and rumours about the virus are thriving on social media. Now is a good opportunity to talk to children about misinformation on social media.
- More children at risk of sexual abuse during the Corona crisis. A large part of the lives of children and young people have moved to the internet during the corona crisis, and this makes them extra vulnerable to being sexually exploited online. Save the Children expects an increasing number of reviews via Save the Children's service, Report It, in the near future and encourages parents to be more aware of who their children are in contact with online.
Emergency remote teaching
- Use Social Star in home schooling. These days, many parents ask for courses and tasks that children and young people can do in 'home school' without too much parental involvement. The popular educational material Social Star, which helps children and young people to reflect on ads on social media, has now been adapted for use in remote teaching.
The Danish Safer Internet Centre also provides helpline services allowing children and young people, and parents and carers to access personalised advice and support. Equally, it provides a hotline for reporting any illegal content you find online. Don't hesitate to contact them in case of need!
In addition, 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 Twitter (@Insafenetwork and @SafeInternetDay) and Facebook (@SaferInternet and @SaferInternetDay) for the latest news, information, advice and resources from the Insafe network and from other stakeholder organisations on staying safe online during the coronavirus pandemic.