Practical ideas for connecting
This should be considered in conjunction with the Factsheet:
children and young people and their parents and carers regarding COVID-19.
Also, please remember when making changes to family contact arrangements,
please ensure written advice is provided to the family. A letter
has been drafted for use when advising parents of a change to their contact
Connecting using telephone/skype/etc
There are a lot of different ideas depending on the age of the child/ren:
- Singing songs together e.g. nursery rhymes and Wiggles songs
- Parent reading a story to child and if skyping show the illustrations along the way
- Telling jokes to each other
- Sharing family photos and telling stories about the person or event
- Sharing memories – share your favourite memory about being together
- Doing exercises or school work together
- Parents sharing about their favourite activities that they did as a child and children sharing about their favourite activity now.
- Children creating a special painting or drawing and sharing via skype and then sending on via post
- With Easter coming up, perhaps both could share their favourite Easter memories.
- Perhaps there could be a series of questions
that both parent and child answers to each other. Again the type of question depends on the age
and development of the child
- What is your favourite food?
- Share a recipe.
- If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you like to go and why?
- What job do you want to do when you grow up and why?
- If you could travel anywhere in Australia where would you like to go and why?
- What famous person would you like to meet and why?
Using the internet/apps/online games/etc
There are a number of apps, games and sites that allow for interaction between participants. There are plenty of online safety resources available on the Queensland Family & Child Commission site as well as other government sites. While there may be risks online, risk doesn’t always equal harm so some strategies and tips include:
- Educate yourself and others about internet use
- Manage settings and parental controls
- Keep calm and have open conversations.
Again, there are many different options depending on the age of the child/ren. Some suggestions include:
- Play Fortnite, Minecraft, Roblox or the child’s favourite game online. Information about online gaming is available at: https://www.webwise.ie/parents/play-it-safe-an-introductory-guide-to-online-gaming-for-parents/
- Duet on TikTok – TikTok has a feature that allows two users who aren’t in the same place to perform a duet. Information about TikTok, safety on TikTok and the duet feature can be found at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-tiktok
- Facebook games like
Now is the time to be innovative and creative!!
Being socially distant doesn’t mean social isolation or disconnection – it’s more important than ever to keep building those strong connections.