April Newsletter: Social Media Screen Time

DISCLAIMER: This newsletter was written prior to COVID-19 outbreak. We understand that times are different in relation to technology/screens. After you read this parent newsletter, take some time to consider how your child(ren) are/is using their FREE time with technology/screens. How can we decrease that specifically, as we know school is now completed on a screen?

SOCIAL MEDIA/SCREEN TIME

Recommended Daily Use:

Ages 0-1½:  0 hours per day

Ages 1½-2:  Very little to none

Ages 3-5:  up to 1 hour per day

Ages 6-10:  up to 1-1½ hours per day

Ages 11+:  up to 2 hours per day

Positives/Negatives of Social Media:

Positives:

  • Connect with family/friends/peers/teachers

  • Way to express creativity & share ideas/art

Negatives:

  • Can show interests, school, town you live in (easy target for predators or harmful people)

  • With location services, easy to track

  • Consumes a lot of a person’s time 

  • Can lower self esteem because always competing/comparing with friends on posting the “perfect” picture and getting a certain amount of “likes”/comments

  • Can cause an increase in levels of depression, anxiety, and unhappiness in body image

Other Things to Think About:

  • “Liking”, commenting or sharing an inappropriate post can lead to a harmful reputation

  • Are your friends on social media, your friends in real life?  Do you know all of your social media “friends”?

  • Are your settings set to private?  Even if they are set to private, posts and photos can still show up anywhere

  • Future employers and colleges look at social media accounts, one inappropriate photo can ruin a reputation

EVEN IF SOMETHING SAYS IT IS DELETED, IT IS STILL OUT THERE!  ONCE YOU CLICK POST, IT IS PERMANENT AND CAN BE TRACKED.

What Can Parents Do?

  • Allow screens after all homework/housework is completed

  • No screens at family meals/bedtime

  • Preview games/apps and play them with your student

  • Use screening tools to block inappropriate material

  • Discuss with your student that what & how to post (THINK before posting)

  • Discuss online bullying and what to do if they are experiencing this

  • Use privacy settings

  • Remind student to not “friend” anyone they do not know

  • Keep the screens in a common place so you can keep an eye out 

Why??

  • Too much screen time can have damaging effects on a child’s brain affecting their language and cognitive development

  • We want to protect our students’ self-esteem, level of happiness

Be aware of apps called “Vault Apps”, that appear to be a calculator app but really are a type of app used to store photos, texts, posts, etc. that we don’t want available for everyone to see.

Phone’s Screen Time Settings:

  • Apple, Samsung and Android Products have a screen time control setting that can limit the amount of time spent on apps

  • Downtime is another feature that only phone calls and certain apps you allow come through during a set period of time

  • Parents can set up these settings on their child’s phone with a passcode or remotely

Check your phone’s settings for more details!


Students/Parents need to talk to Miss Schomaker??

sschomaker@odinpublicschools.org

504-356-2231 (call/text) 

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