"Your goal is to find out who you are."
A Course in Miracles
Surveys have consistently shown that children are being exposed to increasing amounts of screen time each year.
As parents we’re often concerned about the connections children and young people are making and the subsequent impact on their wellbeing. Also concerning is the time they spend online, scrolling, searching and swiping which could be spent doing outdoor activities.
Digital devices are here to stay, so it’s imperative to look at how children can remain in control of their screen use, and ensure the time they’re investing online is adding something helpful, positive and meaningful to our lives.
Here are four tips to help develop healthy digital habits. Being mindful of how time is spent on devices, is certainly not just reserved for young people.
Is your child more of a consumer or creator when they’re online?
Check to see if they spend time online time in creative mode such as making things, creating own videos, editing photos, writing posts, coding a video game or composing a song. Encourage them to be creative rather than mere consumers of digital content.
2. Discuss who they are following
The digital world encourages leaders and followers.
It places people and individuals from all walks of life in close contact with your kids. They can follow companies, musical icons, sports stars as well as friends. Encourage your child to follow people and companies that can fuel their passions.
For instance, if they love space, search for NASA and related accounts. If they love photography, help them find great photographers sharing their work online. When they’re following people that teach, inspire and ignite their passions, they’re less likely to spend valuable time with energy zappers.
Many children collect apps on their devices in the same way that former generations collected football cards or swap cards. Encourage them to delete the apps they no longer use or apps that offer no benefits to their lives. Could there be better games to play? Are there better videos for them to watch than the ones that the YouTube algorithm believes they want to see?
4. Demonstrate good practice
Most children learn much more from what they see and experience, rather than from what they are told. As a parent be intentional with your screen time. Do you:
Setting your children up with healthy digital habits will help make these practices the norm. If you don’t want your children falling prey to the harmful and unhelpful experiences online, you need to be sure that they are focusing on positive and helpful screen time pursuits.
Martine Oglethorpe - Parenting Ideas
Staff members and fathers at Coogee Prep have commenced growing their moustaches to raise money and awareness for Men’s Health.
As an incentive, the class with the highest percentage of fathers participating in growing a moustache, will receive class points at the end of the month.
1st – 350 points
2nd – 200 points
3rd – 100 points
We are all looking forward to seeing staff members and fathers being involved in such an important cause and to the moustaches that will result!
Thank you for your support
Mr Matthew 'Moustachio' Sarkies
Year 3 Teacher and Head of SRC
Kindergarten Leon Dunkley
Year 1 Zack Serhan
Year 2 Sam Goold
Kosta Konstantouras Year 2
Ned Read Year 4
Sam Read Year 3
Zack Serhan Year 1
Oliver Cochineas Year 1
Calvin Lam Year 1
Charlie Henry Year 2
These are held each year for the Primary boys in Chess, Tennis and Table Tennis. Years 3 and 4 compete in the Junior competition and years 5 and 6 in the Senior one. Winners of each competition receive a trophy at Speech Day.
The Junior tennis competition was played out between year 3 boys with Sam Wolfe winning over Dylan Crewe.
The Junior table tennis competition will begin next week
Maximo Di Blasio gave the Year 5 boys a talk on Year 6 leadership expectations this week.
Hudson James in Year 4 has been selected to representative Sydney in their basketball team “The Comets” for Under 12 Boys.He was chosen out of 80 prospects over a three trial days and will compete in the greater Sydney metropolitan cup early next year.
Jacob Twitchen, Thomas Capaan and Jacob Saad and Ryan Rumble (not pictured) all competed in the Nippers Randwick Shield Surf Lifesaving Carnival last Sunday.