To help kids avoid unhealthy screen time, we have found that having weekly, short calm conversations with kids is key. So, each Tuesday we email you conversation starters about social media, research, tech tips and much more to incite a dynamic conversation with your kids or students. We call it “Tuesday” but of course any day is great. Scroll down to see dozens that we have already sent out to many families.
Make the pledge to have at least one conversation with your family (or students) on a Tuesday. Tech Talk Tuesday Pledge
Mobile phones, tablets and computers can all be configured with parental controls. Whether your goal is to block certain content, set time parameters or just be mindful of usage, a variety of apps and programs are available, check out the resources here - Parent Apps
Online Safety Resources
Do you know about Common Sense Media? This FANTASTIC organization provides excellent resources for parents to engage in conversation with your student about a variety of issues including Internet Safety, Digital Citizenship and Social Media. Full list of resources can be found on the APS Digital Learning Website at Online Safety Resources
How much screen time is OK for my kid(s)?
"Kids are spending more time with screen media -- and at younger ages -- than ever before. But there really is no magic number that's "just right." What's more important is the quality of kids' media, how it fits into your family's lifestyle, and how you engage your kids with it.
The idea of screen time as a one-dimensional activity is changing -- even the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), whose screen time rules had been strictly age-based, is recognizing that not all screen time is created equal. Computers, tablets, and smartphones are multipurpose devices that can be used for lots of purposes. Designating their use simply as "screen time" can miss some important variations. The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens identifies four main categories of screen time."
Read complete article at How Much Screen Time is OK for my Kid(2)
Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives is a book by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser exploring the consequences of the wide availability of internet connectivity to the first generation of people born to it, whom Palfrey and Gasser refer to as "digital natives". Issues addressed include shifts in the concept of identity, privacy, content creation, activism, and music piracy.