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Healthy Tech at Home

While you are temporarily learning from home, keep in mind that not all content on the internet is appropriate for children.  Ads and pop-ups can be unpredictable and is another important reason to supervise your child when they are online.

It is important for everyone to use devices in a safe way!

Here are a few tips, resource websites, and videos to help your family maintain a healthy balance with technology use at home, promote a healthy digital lifestyle, and manage during these uncertain times.

Prioritize Sleep
Keep devices out of bedrooms. Plan for enough sleep.
Charging Station
Set up a charging station in a neutral location in the house (not bedroom).​
Device Free Dinners
Prioritize personal connections (disconnect to reconnect).
Time Limits
Agree sensible limits for screens and tech. Prioritize what needs to be done.
Enjoy It Together
Watch movies and play games together.
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This short tutorial shows how to turn on subtitles and select a language for the subtitles to appear in.
(courtesy of Ottawa-Carleton District School Board)

Kid Proof Android

How to kid proof your Andriod phone or tablet

Parent Control

How to use parental controls on your child’s iPhone, iPad, iTouch

Restricted mode on YouTube

This tutorial shows you how to turn on restricted mode on a computer, iPhone and Android

As parents/caregivers, you want to be sure that your children use the internet safely and securely. Parental controls are a great way to be proactive about your children’s online safety and activities.  Parental controls can support you in your efforts to keep your kids safe, fun and productive. They work best when they are used openly and honestly in partnership with children – not a stealth, spying method.

Parent Controls

What are parental controls and how can they help children stay safe online?

Parental controls are software and tools that allow parents to set controls on their children’s internet use. They are a great way of helping prevent children from accessing unsuitable content online.

There are many types of controls available, and they allow you to do a number of different things, such as:

  • Filter and block content that you don’t want your children to see, such as violence and pornography.
  • Restrict what information is shared.
  • Set time limits on how long children are online.
  • Control the time of day that children can access the Internet.
  • Set different profiles so that each family member has an access level that is appropriate to them.

In essence, there are three types parents need to be aware of: 

  • Network level controls are set on the hub or router and apply to all devices connected to that hub or router (covering your whole household).
  • Device level controls are set on the device itself, such as a smartphone, and will apply regardless of how and where the device is connected to the Internet.
  • Application controls are set on the platform or application that is being used. Examples of this would be the settings applied to Google or YouTube. Check they are set on each device your child has access to. 

From Common Sense Media: Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Parental Controls (03/01/2020)

“Parental controls can support you in your efforts to keep your kids safe, fun, and productive. They work best when they are used openly and honestly in partnership with kids – not a stealth, spying method.”

NLPS Protecting Your Kids Online

Resource Links

Technology can be a source for learning and entertainment for your children, but caregivers have to be one step ahead to protect them from potential dangers which can affect their development, friendships, mental health, and safety. We also have to keep our children safe from early exposure to pornography, online sexual predators, and bullies. Use this guide to start the conversation with your child so they can learn to demonstrate healthy digital citizenship.

NeedHelpNow.ca helps teens stop the spread of sexual pictures or videos and provides support along the way. If you or someone you know has been negatively impacted by a self/peer exploitation incident, we are here to help offer guidance on the steps you can take to get through it and #ChangeTheStory.