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February TEC Talk

posted Jan 26, 2016, 1:14 PM by Lucy Lloyd

FROM THE DESK OF MISS FIELD…

FEBRUARY TEC TALK


COMMON SENSE ON A HEALTHY MEDIA DIET

3 Simple Rules for a Healthy Media Diet...Caroline Knorr Resources


The Issue:  Many parents have been asking lately how much screen time is OK for their kids.  This question arises in connection to homework screen time, movie screen time (is a half-hour show ok or is a full-length movie “bad”?)  After researching many articles, the truth I have found, is there is no magic formula.  I have read that the truth is, a healthy media diet is very much like how you feed your children healthy and nutritious meals.  Some days they meal you service them contains lots of vegetables and they eat all the vegetables, and the next meal they may eat may contain cake and chips like at a birthday party.  The main objective here in a Healthy Media Diet is that just like the food our kids eat, they do get a balance over the long term.


What Common Sense Says:  When looking at a healthy media diet there are three things that we need to balance for our kids:  WHAT KIDS DO, HOW MUCH TIME THEY DO SPEND DOING IT, AND WHETHER THEIR CONTENT CHOICES ARE AGE-APPROPRIATE.  As parents you will help them and guide them to manage their own time use.


USE MEDIA TOGETHER:


*As always join in with conversations, play, and listen to the content your child is involved in.

*Ask them about any of the media they have been on or used and to talk help kids question what is out there in social media.

*Share your values.

*Help kids connect what they learn online to events and activities that they are involved in.


BE A ROLE MODEL:

*Set an example of how you want them to use it.  Avoid posting everything that happens in your life, ask permission before uploading photos, and establish some media free time.

*Use media as a tool.  (Maps, apps, photo editing).

*Avoid using the devices as a reward or punishment - that gives it too much power.


KEEP AN EYE ON THE CLOCK:

*Establish time limits that work for your families.

*Let kids have choices of their options.


By following a Healthy Media Diet you will be able to make sense of what’s going on in your kids’ media lives.  We know the Digital World is an amazing place for our kids to become great creators of knowledge.  Let their devices help prepare them for their future, not our past!  Model for your kids to CONNECT, be CONNECTED, and stay CONNECTED in 2016!  We can all accomplish so much more and make significant changes when we CONNECT and utilize the human resources that our at our finger tips in a responsible way!



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