It was lovely to see and meet so many parents at our Parent Information evenings this week. During question time, some parents asked about electronic devices and how much ‘screen time’ would be suitable for their child. It seems that our children are always looking at a screen - the TV, a laptop, a mobile phone, so it is important that we, as their parents, carers and educators, are always aware of what they are watching, who they are interacting with and how much time they spend on their devices.
Screen time is a big issue and it is important to think about what screen time actually is. Screen time is defined as looking at any screen, including TVs, computers, smartphones, tablets, and video consoles. Many experts agree that limiting screen time to half an hour per day during the week is ample. This allows children to engage in other activities such as outside play, creative tasks and conversations with family. Here are some other helpful tips from the Office of the ESafety Commissioner:
Never allow devices in bedrooms
Set time limits for screen time, especially during the week when good sleep habits are important
All devices (including adult devices) are charged in a central point in the house overnight - not in bedrooms. Our children see our good habits and will follow.
Teach children never to click on ‘links’ within games
Only friend, chat with or play with people they know in real life.
Whatever they write or post on the internet is there forever - it cannot be erased
Only write or post what you would say to someone in real life
For more information, you can visit : https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/online-safety-guide
Mrs WillardAssistant Principal