While this article focuses on well-being while in lockdown, you can also read the article on positive content and family entertainment during the COVID-19 pandemic to make your stay at home easier.
NEW: In March 2020, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in collaboration with selected European research teams began a study titled "Kids' Digital lives in COVID-19 Times" (KiDiCoTi). The study gathers data to map the evolution of children's digital engagement during the coronavirus lock-down with a particular focus on child online safety, privacy and wellbeing. Find out more about the study on the EC website. See also the report (October 2020) "How families handled emergency remote schooling during the time of Covid lockdown in spring 2020: Summary of key findings from families with children in 11 European countries".
- Good cartoons for preschool children (in Croatian). At this time of exceptional circumstances, parents are looking for appropriate online content for their children, but sometimes they run out of sources. What cartoons has my child never seen? What cartoons are fun and educational? How do I get a list of shows like this? Find some suggestions in this article.
- Let the corona age give way to technological creativity in children and adolescents (in Danish). 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 (in Danish). 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.
- Friend Zone, a digital escape game which stays available during the lockdown (in Dutch). This digital escape game, aimed at young people aged 14 to 18 years, presents them a series of digital and social challenges. The scenario is fully in line with young people's world and raises questions about sexting, fake news, new technologies, privacy and hacking. The game is also an opportunity to gain knowledge in digital skills and media literacy. It is available on the cloud and can be played by organisations in Belgium or abroad.
- Making the most of it - what to do at home? (in English). So, you're now spending more time at home – you might be thinking... brilliant! Get the pyjamas on, fill a bowl with chocolate, and settle down for a much-needed movie marathon. While it's good to take some comfort in your new-found home life, snacks and television are likely to get pretty old, pretty quick. It may sound boring but, right now, exploration and challenge could be the best thing to maintain a healthy mind during this period. Read South West Grid for Learning advice on this article.
- Gamevlog contest (in French). Many youngsters spend part of their free time in front of a screen, and certainly even more often than usual during the COVID-19 pandemic. They do it to stay in touch with friends, watch movies, or play video games. How about combining this gaming hobby with an educational activity? In this contest organised by Child Focus, youngsters are asked to create a video where they express their views on online gaming. The goal is to convey a message; not to film themselves playing their favourite game. They can talk about clichés linked to gaming (gaming is a guy thing, you're asocial if you play video games...), the opportunities and the advantages of gaming, risks that they can encounter online, and so on.
- Tips against coronavirus boredom (in German). No concerts, no going out, no sitting outside together, no gym... at a first glance you might feel that you can't do anything with others anymore because of COVID-19. But there's still a lot more to do! The Austrian Safet Internet Centre has gathered a few possibilities.
- Suggestions for quality time in front of the screen (in Greek). Agreements made with children about the time spent in front of a screen will, in many cases, be circumvented during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is good to make sure that their engagement with the digital world is still of good quality. This article from the Greek Safer Internet Centre compiles various websites that contain educational material, interactive books, software, audiovisual material, and activities for children.
- Visit the most famous museums in the world from home (in Greek). The world's largest museums now offer online browsing options in their collections. Find some useful links in this article from the Greek Safer Internet Centre.
- Suggestions for theatre, cinema and books... from the couch (in Greek). These days, more and more services are available for free online. The Greek Safer Internet Centre has compiled some options for online theatre, cinema and books.
- Educational YouTube channels for teens and younger children (in Greek). YouTube is not just for entertaining young and old viewers; in many cases it also offers knowledge in a fun and entertaining way. Of course, videos of a few minutes in length cannot offer comprehensive knowledge or replace a good book, but they can spark our curiosity or give us a good introduction. SaferInternet4Kids.gr lists several interesting channels in this article.
- Creative and safe use of the internet by kids and young people (in Greek). With schools closed in Cyprus, children and young people are at home for lengthy periods of time. Thus, it is important to offer them opportunities for quality and creative use of digital media and the internet. The Cyprus Safer Internet Centre invites parents and teachers to use a selection of educational/information resources, recreational activities, tools and games that help children develop key skills and use the internet in a responsible and creative way.
- Keeping young people busy at home during the corona crisis (in Icelandic). This info-sheet contains good tips on using the internet with children during the COVID-19 pandemic and a fun game that examines the knowledge of children and adults about the virus, its effects, and how to avoid infection. Parents and other family members are encouraged to learn the instructions of the game and play "Beat the Virus" with their children. The resource is originally from the Council of Europe but the Icelandic SIC partner Home and School has translated, adapted and distributed the resource to schools, teachers and parents across the country.
- 1717 helpline (in Icelandic). During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Icelandic helpline has launched a series of online videos to promote the available services to all those who are in need of assistance due to internet-related issues. The helpline offers an opportunity to talk about issues with complete confidentiality and anonymity with a neutral party. The helpline can also provide information about options and services available to individuals who need further assistance in solving their issues.
- Let's talk about games (in Norwegian). Many children play computer games, especially these days, and this can cause frustration between parents and children if they don't understand each other. The sooner you show interest and get involved in what your children are doing, the easier it is to set boundaries and reach a compromise with them. This articles offers some tips to do it.
- What can a child do at home during the quarantine? (in Polish). A lot has changed lately. Children can feel fear, anger or disorientation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes it has brought to our daily lives. All these feelings are understandable, but they require attention and care from adults. Fundacja Dajemy Dzieciom Siłę has prepared several suggestions on how this can be done during social isolation.
- Connecting with children and teenagers through games (in Romanian). Due to lockdown measures, more and more of us experience isolation and the disappearance of the social interactions we used to have. The situation becomes even more complicated if we have children, who are suddenly forced to stay at home. To make this period as easy as possible, Save the Children Romania shares suggestions of activities that can be done at home with children.
- What do you do (with so much free time)? (in Romanian). During the lockdown, we are spending more time than usual at home. For this reason, it is important to find those little ways and tricks that improve the time at home as much as possible, and help us turn it into an opportunity to learn, relax and connect with loved ones, even if we are at a distance.
- What is anxiety and how do we manage it? (in Romanian). The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major changes in people's lives around the globe, and such a sudden and widespread change can be stressful. It is natural that during this time we will feel strong or even overwhelming emotions. Proper management of anxiety can greatly help us get through this period.
- Don't get bored while you're at home (in Slovenian). Now that we need to stay at home and our social interactions are limited to immediate family members, it is important to make the most of our free time. Safe.si has prepared a selection of websites where you can discover something interesting, have fun or even learn something.
- Games and activities to learn and enjoy technology at home (in Spanish). Are you running out of ideas to keep your kids entertained at home? Technology can be a good option, as long as we use appropriate content with an educational purpose. This article offers a compilation of entertaining resources to play at home and learn about online safety.
Remember that European Safer Internet Centres also provide helpline services allowing children and young people, and parents and carers to access personalised advice and support. Equally, each SIC also provides a hotline for reporting any illegal content you mind find online. Don't hesitate to contact them in case of need!