SchoolTV Special Report: Screen Time
As a result of the global pandemic, there has been a noticeable shift in the amount of time people spend on screen-based devices. Families are transitioning back to pre-COVID routines but many are still struggling to re-establish the boundaries and rules around screen use. Some continue to deal with digital conflict and tech-tantrums on a daily basis. The latest research found that 77% of teenagers spend more than five hours on screens per day, but it is important to note that not all screen time is considered equal.
Parents play a crucial role in modelling a positive and healthy approach to using screens and assisting children to navigate the content they watch. It is better to model and mentor screen use, rather than monitor it. Children tend to do more of what they see us do, and less of what we tell them to do. However, it is still important to outline the risks and highlight the benefits of screen use to ensure you keep a balanced attitude. Encourage discussions around the issues that people experience in monitoring their screen time and be honest about your own difficulties.
Parents need to remain firm in their approach to managing screen time. Excessive screen time can be detrimental to a child’s overall wellbeing. Ensuring the correct privacy settings are in place is vital to prevent children from being inadvertently exposed to inappropriate content or online predators. Parents need to also be mindful of the potential impact screen time can have on a child’s social, emotional, educational, behavioural, and even physical domains.
In this edition of SchoolTV, care-givers will be provided with a range of guidelines and strategies to help manage screen time at home. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Here is the link to this month’s edition https://igssyd.nsw.schooltv.
PTF: Year 11 Parent Get Together
Year 11 families are invited to attend The Butcher and The Farmer on Sunday 29 May from 3 to 5pm.
You can purchase your tickets here.
New families are especially warmly welcomed to attend.
Any questions feel free to contact:
- Karen (Lola’s mum) 0419 361 453
- Lisa (AJs mum) 0409 231 999
- Lynda (Ollie’s mum) 0431 695 965
- Ellen (Hattie’s mum) 0418 355 369
Democracy Sausage Sizzle
PTF Primary School Disco volunteers call out
PTF IGS parent volunteers with WWCC clearance are invited to assist at the Spooky Friday 13 May Primary School disco
Kindy to Year 3: 3pm to 4.30pm
Years 4 to 6: 5pm to 6.30pm
IGS is following advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and NSW Health on how to best manage hygiene and wellbeing in a school setting. View more IGS COVID Safe details here.