Welcome to Parenting in the Digital Age

This Blog is designed to give some parenting advise so that you have some guidelines to follow at home.  The pieces of advise that we give are suggestions that we think fall in line with what we as a school try to practice.  If you have a great working plan at home already we encourage you to share those ideas on this blog.  No matter how simple a suggestion it may be, please share it with us as we may have over looked the obvious solutions.

We understand that technology adds a new layer of unknown into the mix but we feel that if your gut is telling you that something is not right, then it probably isn’t.

We want you to be parents…to set hard lines in the sand…to discipline when something is not quite right but to also embrace technology and learn along with your child.

USM’s school mantra – “You are who you are wherever you go…including on line.”  Please be a good digital citizen and use your digital tools responsibly.

Practical Tips:

  • Permission. Asking permission to use the device should be mandatory. Even if it is for homework.
  • Location of Device. A Good rule of thumb is to always have it in site when kids are using the device.  Do not allow your child to take it into their bedroom, bathroom, or any other unsupervised areas.
  • Establish good habits early. Kids need guidelines and rules about what is a good amount of time to spend on the computer. Allocating computer time in 15- or 30-minute increments gives you a chance to check in and suggest that it’s time for a break.
  • Think about ownership. Deciding who the device “belongs” to can help head off problems, foster a sense of responsibility, and provide a basis for accountability. Is it Mom’s and/or Dad’s device that the kids can use? Is it owned by the family collectively but managed by the parents? Does it belong to a specific child?
  • Stress homework before computer work. Make sure your kids know that homework must be finished before they use the device for recreational use.
  • Limit multitasking. Media multitasking is when kids are watching TV, playing a game/on-line activities, or listening to music – and trying to do homework at the same time. It’s not really known what affect this has on how kids learn, but experts do know that it takes longer to do tasks like homework when other activities are going on at the same time. And that increases daily screen time.
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6 thoughts on “Welcome to Parenting in the Digital Age

  1. Kathy October 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm Reply

    How open is our school to incorporting the The Mindful Classroom/MindUp curriculm in LS and MS?

    • tom October 31, 2012 at 9:52 am Reply

      Kathy,
      Thanks for the comment on our blog. I have been reading the Mindful Classroom Blog and think that it looks pretty interesting. This might be something talking about with the divisions heads. Would you like for me to forward this comment onto the MS and LS Head?

  2. Patti October 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm Reply

    Awesome blog – thanks for setting it up for us! Am now following 🙂

    • tom October 31, 2012 at 9:55 am Reply

      Thanks! Please let us know if you would like to focus on something that might be of interest to you.

      • ataylordiamond November 1, 2012 at 8:34 pm

        Hi!
        GREAT BLOG. Would it be possible to focus on how screen time impacts learning? See recent NYTIMES article on how teachers feel kids are more distracted and can’t persevere through learning the way they once could because of immediate answers that digital technology can provide.
        Thank you!

      • tom November 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

        Thank you for the reply. We are working on something that will be right in line with the NYTimes article. Please keep reading our blog as we will have a post in the near future.

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