A Message from our Assistant Principal, Michael Manning:
Years ago Facebook, Twitter, Vine, texting, and cyber bullying didn’t exist. However, today social media consumes a vast majority of our lives. In fact, according to Kaiser Family Foundation, kids spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes a day with entertainment media. This amount of time may also be low considering the number of kids who multitask while doing homework, watching television, and pretending to listen to their parents. Sixty percent of students aged 8 to 18 have cell phones compared to five years ago when only 39% owned them. The truth is entertainment media is here to stay, so we as parents we need to monitor our children’s usage:
The Kaiser report also linked heavy social media users to low grades and developed tips to assist parents with monitoring media usage.
1. Model good behavior. Refrain from using cell phones at the dinner table or at restaurants.
2. Pay attention. Know what sites your children are viewing.
3. Impart our values. Morals and ethics apply to on-line and mobile life.
4. Establish limits. Place time limits for multimedia activity.
5. Encourage life without multimedia. Have your children go outside, read a book, skateboard, ride a bike, play basketball, etc.
6. Make children accountable. Make sure your students have earned the right to participate in multimedia activities.
7. Explain what’s at stake. Whatever your child posts on the internet can be viewed by everyone, including employers and colleagues.
8. Find ways to say “Yes.” Do your homework and find suitable sites for your children.
9. Educate yourself. Learn how to text, send mobile pictures, set up Facebook, or have someone help you. It’s impossible to guide what you do not understand.
10. Embrace the multimedia world. If you can’t beat em-join em, meaning take part in using and learning aspects of the digital age.
And lastly, remember these words of wisdom…..
Always think before you post.
Respect people’s privacy.
Post positive news on the web.
Stay tech smart,
Michael W. Manning, Assistant Principal
2013 National School of Character Award - Washington, D.C.
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