Friday, October 5, 2018

Screen Time and Online Safety -

One of the discussions we have had recently in the elementary is how much time is too much time for students in front of a phone, ipad and/or computer screen.  As we continue to implement technology as part of our curriculum and assessment process, we constantly have to weigh the pros and cons of integrating technology into our schedule.  As parents, I'm sure you also wonder how to determine what is appropriate for the age of your child.

One of the blog posts I receive bi-weekly is from  The most recent post talks about how to limit screen time without conflict.  The blog lists 4 recommendations for parents to consider:

1) Build a routine for your family.  Have other activities for students to do after school that does not involve a screen.  Have students do chores, help fix dinner etc. 

2) Challenge your student to take a one week vacation from technology.  Consider having them delete Snapchat or Instagram for one week and see what other things they can find to do with their time.

3) Earn time on the internet, don't just give it.  Example: For every minute they spend reading, they earn a minute of screen time etc.

4) Set times for social "blackout".  Limit the times students can access technology.  Leave the phone outside the bedroom when going to bed.  No phone at the dinner table, etc.

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