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We are very pleased to be offering an upcoming parent session focusing on Screen Time. In recent years this topic has become one of the main issues that parents face in our media saturated world, and now our COVID socially distanced world. Parents often ask me and fellow educators, ’How much screen time should I allow my child?” “How can I determine what is ‘good screen time’ compared to ‘bad screen time’? “Can excessive screen time contribute to psychological and poor health outcomes for my child/young person?”
It is important as a parent to think through your ideals and beliefs and what you want for your child. Not all screen time is equal in the potential benefits and risks for young people.
The same ‘parenting rules’ should apply to your children’s real and virtual environments. As a parent, you also need to reflect on your own screen time and what you are modelling to your child.
Setting family guidelines for your child/ren from an early age is vital. It is important to involve your children in this process so that they understand why you’re setting limits. Once you have set limits it is important to stick to them! Well known psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg says that parents need to develop a ‘digital backbone’ and learn to say No! Being consistent with the limits and boundaries is key.
As we all know it is important that humans have a healthy balance of work, rest and play. Physical activity and sleep are crucial to a child and young persons development. As educators we unfortunately see the negative effects of excessive screen time – inattention, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, self esteem issues, social issues.
It is important as a parent to think about these issues from an early age and not wait until your children are adolescents. By then it is too late! I implore all of our Preschool and Primary school parents to attend our upcoming parent session on Screen Time. Come along and join in the conversation. This interactive session will provide information, advice and a framework to support parents around the use of technology outside of school which is founded in the principles of Montessori Education.
Tim Moore, a Cycle 4 teacher from our Middle School will facilitate this session. Tim has some interesting data to share from our own adolescent students along with current research. We would also encourage families to revisit our School’s Screen Time Guidelines which can be found on Skoolbag.