As part of Get Online Week, we have put together a collection of useful resources to help you to make the most of the internet.  Have a try of some of these:

  • NSPCC have joined forced with O2 to create tips and resources to keep your child safe online, this can help you keep track of what they can access.
  • Think you know offers support for parents who are concerned about what their children are viewing online or if you are worried your child is being bullied online.
  • Screentime can also be a worry, how much is too much? Adolescent Psychologist Dr Richard Graham, investigates how young people’s technology can sometimes tip into addiction
  • Our Family Fund Blogger, Lynne, looked at this in her blog Appreciating Screentime – “Edward spends more time on a computer than any other child or teen that I know. I am certainly not proud of this fact but nor am I going to beat myself up about it.”
  • More generic guides and toolkits are available online from Mencap and Action for Children.

Useful special education needs apps for the iPad

Here are some apps that families and our training professionals use.  These could come in handy when using tablets and iPads with your family:

YouTube Kids

The official YouTube Kids app is designed for curious little minds to dive into a world of discovery, learning and entertainment. This is a delightfully simple app, where kids can discover videos, channels and playlists they love.

Morfo 3D face booth

Morfo allows you to make a talking 3D face from a photo of anyone, then record and send videos to friends and family. This app could improve understanding of facial emotions or as a communication tool.

SENspeller – The autism spelling app

SENspeller assists children to recognise words and spell them correctly, in an environment that can be customised to suit each child’s individual requirements.


Find Me is an app designed to help young children with autism practice simple social skills. The aim of the game is to find the person in the scene and tap on them. As the levels increase, it becomes harder to spot the person as more and more distracting thing (plants, animals, toys) appear in the scene.

Touch Trainer

Touch Trainer is a simple cause and effect app designed for anyone just learning about touch screen technology. This is a great, easy to use "first app" that teaches single finger fine motor skills as well as cause and effect.

For more special education needs apps recommended by parent or carers of disabled or seriously ill children have a look at our Pinterest board

We are running a Digital Skills Programme to help families with disabled children develop their digital skills, find out more on our Digital Skills Page

(Family Fund does not endorse or recommend any of these products or related websites.)