Our Top 5 iPad Activity Ideas & E-Safety Tips
Date: 29 Oct 2018Our ICT Family Fun Day, held earlier this month, gave parents the opportunity to discover the ways in which we support children’s learning through the use of information and communication technology as well as to try out some fun ICT activities!
The internet can be a fantastic resource but it’s important to ensure safety controls are in place so that children can explore safely. With this in mind, we’ve put together some e-safety tips:
- The first step should be to install parental controls, so you can manage what content your child can see.
- Exploring the internet together is a great way to ensure your child knows what websites they can use, and you can bookmark favourites so your child can access these easily without needing to search.
- Set passwords on your internet devices so that you always know when your child is accessing them, this can also protect them from making purchases.
- If you like to watch TV on your devices, try You-tube Kids App. and BBC iPlayer Kids App. as these are specially adapted for children to ensure the content is appropriate.
- It can be beneficial to set restrictions on how much time children can spend using their computer as it’s easy to become absorbed in activities. You can help manage this by setting up the laptop or allowing tablet use only within the same room as you.
- There are some great educational and fun games online, make sure you check them out before your child to ensure they are age appropriate and have safety restrictions around chatting.
For more information and advice please visit the Childnet website.
Now that we’ve learned about ‘Keeping Everyone Safe’, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 iPad activity ideas for you to try out at home with your child:
- Use the Leafsnap app to identify different types of leaves – perfect for autumn!
- Use the Xylophone app and test out the different sounds, you can then compare this to using a real xylophone.
- Play Peekaboo! There are plenty of Peekaboo apps on the ipad, one of our favourites is Peek-a-Zoo.
- Bring the characters of The Very Hungry Caterpillar to life with The Very Hungry Caterpillar app!
- Use the Artie’s World app for fun drawing experiences. Children must help Artie by tracing shapes with their finger and connecting all of the dots to draw toys, vehicles and animals.
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