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Screen time tips to support 0-5 yrs (Early years) - Internet Matters

Take a look at our simple tips to put balance and purpose behind screen time to help young children in Early Years (0-5yrs) benefit from their screen use.

Put yourself in control
Make use of the parental controls
available on your home broadband
and any internet-enabled devices.
You can find out how at your
broadband provider’s website
or by visiting

Search safely
Use safe search engines such as or
Safe search settings can also be
activated on Google and other search
engines as well as YouTube. You
can find out more at

Set boundaries
It’s never too early to start setting
rules about when and for how long
your child can use devices and start
to introduce the subject of internet
safety at the same time. Encourage
children to use devices in a communal
area, keep other devices out of reach
and use passwords so they can’t go
online without asking you first.


Explore together
Set your homepage to a child-friendly
site such as CBeebies and give them a
user account which only allows access
to sites and apps you’ve chosen.

Help them learn through games
Games are a great way for young
children to explore the internet
and learn about the world around
them. You can choose safe, fun and
educational games free of charge
from providers such as Fisher Price or
about their favourite characters like
Peppa Pig.