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“Screens are, in a sense, like cookies. They’re not great for you to begin with, but they’re really bad for you if they also push all the vegetables off your plate.”
Kelly Grant, Globe and Mail
Thank you to everyone who attended the viewing of the documentary, Screenagers, in Laidlaw Hall in April, and thank you to Jody Howe and the PO for making it happen. Special thanks to our panelists Dr. Tripler Pell, Head Steward Adam Rothman, and Director of IT Jim LaPlante who helped facilitate a lively and important conversation about screen time and well-being.
The general feeling by many at the end of the evening was that, although the film touched on challenges of managing screen time, it was heavily focused on addiction. Some audience members were left wanting more information and specific strategies for helping to develop self-regulation and healthy, day-to-day approaches to managing technology. Parents were hoping to increase their understanding of their teenager’s life in the world of technology and students were looking for some tools they could apply to their own developing relationship with technology.
The good news is that based on the large turnout to see the documentary and the questions posed during the discussion, the interest in building our confidence with technology in the UCC community is high. Even better news is that the PO, PPO and IT are planning events for the fall that will include speakers for students at age-appropriate levels as well as a parent event.
Stay tuned for further information.
In the meantime, and with thanks to Dr. Pell, here are some helpful resources for your perusal:
-Family Online Safety Institute
-age appropriate games, apps, and movies and information for parents
-research on digital media
-European research on children and technology
-articles on the latest tech news
-resources for parents on digital citizenship
-Breaktime (allows you to put the Internet on hold on any device)
-TimeOut (a free app which allows you to program breaks on the computer)
For special situations:
ADHD and screentime
CBC (interview with MIT’s Sherry Turkle): tech&empathy
New York Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/27/opinion/sunday/stop-googling-lets-talk.html
Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center: tech&happiness
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