With students now at home rather than in classes a few days a week, parents have the added responsibility of monitoring screen usage. There's the obvious need to monitor and filter content, but let's embrace the opportunity to build character and life skills while we are at it!!
For this generation of digital natives, multi-tasking has become second-nature while concentration skills are lacking.
Here's how you can encourage your students:
Practice strengthening the concentration "muscles" with a few exercises. These could also be used to illustrate the need to strengthen those concentration skills!
Intentional Screen Time
We must help our students go beyond a black & white thinking about technology in order for them to be effective ambassadors in the digital culture they will find themselves navigating as adults. Simply setting a time limit will not teach students how to limit themselves.
Essential questions about screens MUST become second nature:
Another way to evaluate screen time is to review the 5 lies of technology (Kathy Koch):
Each challenge brings new opportunities for parents to redeem the struggle looking for ways to teach and model new skills and character traits. Comment below with any ideas that might help other parents with technology as we navigate this isolation adventure.
Author: Julie Phipps, ACA Dean of Students
Navigating this quickly changing culture as parents is daunting. How do we equip our students to see through the fog of messages bombarding them every day to discern God’s truth and be able to apply absolute truth to their every decision?