We have created 12 new instructional short films to help parents and carers of disabled children  use their iPads safely and to their full potential.

Lasting around two minutes each, the films cover topics like setting up devices, managing parental controls and online safety. There are also three dedicated films for families with disabled children addressing how to customise accessibility features to meet touch, vision and hearing needs.

Last year we provided over 12,000 grants for computers or tablets, and over the last four years we have provided free digital skills training to over 1,000 parents of disabled or seriously ill children which has proved extremely beneficial.

Alison Davies, Head of Service Delivery at Family Fund said: “These films go one step further, providing an online training resource that families can access and return to at any time, learning at their own pace.

“This is about equipping parents with basic skills, more confidence, and ultimately creating a greater benefit for children. We would encourage all those working with families who could benefit from guidance on making the most of iPad features to share these videos widely. ”

Our Building Digital Confidence report evidenced the benefits of our digital skills training programme, reporting improvements across the board in building parents’ skills and knowledge.

The proportion of parents who said they knew how to set parental controls jumped from 16% to 90%. 42% reported feeling able to support their child in their learning, including homework. 49% felt confident in using their device to support their child’s communication, including for non-verbal children. 70% felt confident about being safe online after, compared to just 28% before training.

Parents felt less anxious, more confident and reported having more precious time to themselves, as they felt able to let their children use the tablet independently.

The full playlist of our iPad Training Videos is over on our YouTube channel.

If you know a parent/carer group, organisation, or you are a parent/carer yourself and would like to find out more about our group and 1:1 training sessions email us at [email protected].