Online Safety Updates for Parents

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How to look after your family’s mental health when you’re stuck indoors

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With schools closing and many adults working from home, families are going to be cooped up.

It’s easy to get cabin fever when children who are used to running around the playground and hanging out with friends are stuck indoors with their parents.

In this article, we offer some tips for keeping everyone’s spirits up as much as possible as we self-isolate.

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What to watch on Netflix – for families, kids and adults

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With many of us trapped indoors for much of the day right now, streaming TV services are more in demand than ever.

Whether you’re plonking the kids in front of it to buy yourself an hour of work time or curling up on the sofa with a film once they’ve gone to bed, Netflix is ideally suited to a week spent in lockdown.

The only problem is that with so much content on offer, it’s hard to know where to start. Fortunately, we can help – we’ve pulled together a list of 40 TV shows and movies that all come recommended by the Parent Zone team.

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Be Internet Legends is evolving…

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Be Internet Legends is evolving to help schools meet new challenges, whether staff are working remotely or still going in. Google and Parent Zone are coming up with new, fun and interactive ways to support pupils, families and teachers in the coming weeks – including delivering content virtually. If you haven’t already, sign up to the Be Internet Legends mailing list and stay tuned for updates!
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Houseparty: what is it and is it safe for young people?

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In these strange times, young people can feel very cut off from their friends. Since the coronavirus crisis started, the video-chatting app Houseparty has enjoyed a surge in popularity.

And it’s easy to see why – it enables young people stuck at home to hang out with friends more informally than on other video conferencing apps.

Here we tell families what they need to know about the popular app and give advice on how they can help their child use it in a safer, more enjoyable way.

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Eight activities that will help you stay in touch with grandparents – even when you’re apart

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It can be difficult for young people to process that they might not see their grandparents as much as they’re used to now that the UK is in lockdown.

Fortunately, that doesn’t mean they can’t keep in touch.

We’ve compiled a list of activities to enjoy with grandparents and other family members who may be living somewhere else.

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