Digital wellbeing for children with SEND

Exploring the digital universe.

In today’s interconnected world, the internet and digital devices have become a key part of our lives. And these technologies can play a huge part in helping children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in their learning, communication and socialisation. But how can we manage the digital wellbeing for children with SEND?

digital wellbeing for children with SEND

The digital world can be a lot of fun! It’s full of games, videos and people to talk to. For children with SEND, we need to make sure their online experience is safe, engaging and positive. In this blog post, we’ll explore some tips and tricks to help these incredible young minds navigate the digital universe with confidence!

What is digital wellbeing?

Digital wellbeing is all about how the internet and technology makes us feel. Being online and using electronic devices can impact our both mental and physical health, so we need to be able to recognise when it’s affecting us in a negative way.

It’s all about balancing our use of digital technology! It involves managing screen time, setting boundaries, and practicing mindfulness. By maintaining a healthy relationship with technology, it can help with productivity, learning, and connection, while avoiding excessive screen time and addiction. Prioritising digital wellbeing leads to a more fulfilling and balanced life.

Promoting digital wellbeing for children with SEND.

Promoting digital wellbeing for children with SEND is particularly important, as they might have different sensitivities and face unique challenges. But how can we do this?

  • Set clear guidelines and boundaries for screen time. Make sure you communicate these clearly to children so they understand. You could create a daily schedule that includes specific periods for technology use, as well as breaks for other activities too!
  • Teach digital literacy. It’s really important to teach children about responsible and safe online behaviours. Talk to them about privacy settings, the importance of not sharing personal information and how to recognise and respond to inappropriate content and cyberbullying.
  • Strike a balance. We all need to have a healthy balance between screen time and other activities! Excessive screen time can lead to sensory overload and cause problems, so encourage children to pursue creative activities, spending time outdoors and social interactions too. Why not create digital free zones?
  • Tailor your approach. Every SEND child is unique. So their digital experiences will be too! What works well for one child might not work for another, so it’s essential to adopt a personalised approach to meet their individual needs, interests and abilities. Many assistive technologies can help give a more inclusive digital experience (such as screen readers, voice recognition software and communication apps).
  • Supervise content and communication. Make sure they’re only accessing age appropriate content and only interacting with family, friends and peers through suitable platforms. Where possible, engage in digital activities with them by participating in games, educational apps or videos together. This helps you monitor their activities as they’re happening!

Create a safe online environment.

Digital wellbeing for children with SEND is all about embracing technology while making sure their needs are met. By creating a safe digital environment, you can support their learning, communication and overall wellbeing.

There’s some great information online to help teachers, parents and caregivers work with children and young people with SEND around their online experiences! Check out the UKSIC, Internet Matters, NSPCC and Childnet for some great resources.

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