Do we have a screen-time problem?
Based on a study in the United States done with 600 families:
77% parents feel that their child is distracted by the screen when they are together
41% of teens felt the same about their parents
(source: Technology Addiction - Concern, Controversy and Finding Balance, Common Sense Media, 2016)
In our own surveys of SAS middle school students and parents that attended the parent coffee:
56% parents feel their child is distracted when using technology
20% of students felt the same about their parents
Here are the strategies for working towards screen-time balance:
No Tech Essentials
• Family tech use plan/agreement
• No devices in bedroom
• Schedule after-school time
• Agreed no-tech times
• Set limits
• Have alternative activities
• Be a role model
• Know your usage: Track web usage to identify potential distraction issues. Use Web Timer and Webtime Tracker (for Google Chrome) or Rescue Time for web and apps
• Use a timer
High Tech Multi-device
• Manage your router to set WiFi access times for specific devices. Many modern routers have companion apps to manage access remotely. Here’s a link to a video tutorial: ASUS Router Parental Control
Popular social media currently trending among teens:
When is an appropriate time for your child to start using social media?
The recommendation: Not before thirteen years old
How do you get your child into social media the safe and healthy way?
• Be the guide
• Be the mentor
• Be the follower
Click here to access the presentation slides: Middle school tech parent coffee (February 25)
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