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Helping parents during COVID19 lockdown

Posted on 09 April 2020 by the Information Unit

Right now many of us are on our devices far more than usual – whether that’s chatting with friends and family, working from home, completing online schooling and study, connecting on social media, or watching movies, shows and videos.

This is our current reality, and it's not all bad. But we also know it's a time of increased stress and worry for parents and whānau, and part of this is concern around tamariki and rangatahi being on screens more than ever. We’re here to help, so we’ve launched a campaign with practical advice on how to help children and young people watch media safely, and deal with challenging content.

Look out for our lockdown campaign on social media, ‘Watch Together, Talk Together’ #WatchTogether, and hit share to help us spread the word.

Here are just a few of our tips, with plenty more in our Parents Information section.

A young woman looks at her phone. To her right is the text "Kids on screens more than ever? Watch together, talk together".

Simple ways to help kids watch safely at home:

You can’t control everything your tamariki and rangatahi see, but you can give them support and tools to deal with challenging media.

  • Pay attention to what your children and teens are watching, reading and playing and set boundaries together.
  • Be aware of age ratings and classifications – these give important information about how scary, violent or sexual content is.
  • Watch things your children and teens enjoy together, and start conversations with them about what you see. This can help them think critically about the content.
  • Let them know they can talk to you, and keep conversations calm and open.

We have resources on our website to walk you through it:

Take care, stay safe and stay home!

Kia kaha from all of us

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