I came across an interesting article that gave three simple steps to establish healthy online routines for the upcoming school holidays. What stood out most for me was that this was the first time I had seen someone recognise the huge impact that Remote Learning had on our children’s screen time, not just for classroom activities, but also for connecting with distanced friends.
As we finish up a term that has been like no other, we are heading into a holiday period that may require a readjustment about how much time our children are spending online and in front of screens for entertainment. Click read more for additional information along with a link to the article.
The article has been written by Dr Ray Swann, the Deputy Headmaster at Brighton Grammar, an all-boys school in Melbourne. This explains why it is pitched specifically for parents of boys, however, the advice is also very relevant for girls.
The article gives conversation tips and prompts that will help parents to hold a conversation with their children about establishing an agreement on screen time. The important point is that this conversation needs to be held before screen time becomes an issue, ideally before the holiday habits kick in.
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Other Useful Links
Alannah & Madeline Foundation – https://www.amf.org.au/
Office of the eSafety Commissioner – https://www.esafety.gov.au/
Raising Children – https://raisingchildren.net.au/school-age/play-media-technology
Dolly’s Dream Parent Hub – https://parenthub.dollysdream.org.au/