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Ms. Kim's Thought Blog

11/13/18

Today's Topic:  How do you view a child's ABILITY to learn?

Adults use two basic concepts of ability

Entity view of ability:  The belief that ability is a fixed characteristic that cannot be changed.

Incremental view of ability:  The belief that ability is a set of skills that can be changed; ability is controllable and potentially always expanding.

Young children tend to hold an exclusively incremental view of ability. Through the early elementary grades, most students believe that effort is the same as intelligence. Smart people try hard, and trying hard makes you smart. If you fail, you aren’t smart and you didn’t try hard.

Children are age 11 or 12 before they can differentiate among effort, ability, and performance. About this time, they come to believe that someone who succeeds without working at all must be really smart—and this is when beliefs about ability begin to influence motivation.

Children who hold an entity (unchangeable) view of intelligence want to avoid looking bad in the eyes of others. They seek situations where they can look smart and protect their self-esteem, so they generally keep doing what they can do well without expending too much effort or risking failure, because either one—working hard or failing—indicates (to them) low ability. To work hard but still fail would be devastating. Children with learning disabilities are more likely to hold an entity view. Children around the world have beliefs about ability, and those beliefs have implications for the children’s well-being.

 

So, what kind of parent, teacher, co-worker does that make you?


Wellness Coordinator

10/25/18

Kimberly Roelands, LMFT # 105634

Email:  kroelands@scusd.net


Wellness Corner

Welcome to the Wellness Corner at Bracher Elementary School! 

 

The Santa Clara Unified School District created a wellness and mental health program to provide services necessary to create a healthy learning and working environment. Whereas education is the primary mission of schools, there is substantial evidence that shows addressing children's health and mental health needs increases their academic achievement and competence; decreases incidences of problem behaviors; improves their relationships with others, and creates positive changes in school and classroom environments.

Why Does Mental Health Matter in Schools?

Being able to recognize and support students in schools matters because:

  • Mental health issues are common and often develop during childhood and adolescence
  • They are treatable
  • Early detection and intervention strategies work
  • They can help improve resilience and the ability to succeed in school & life

How Do Mental Health Issues Affect Children and Youth at School?

Mental health issues can affect classroom learning and social interactions, both of which are critical to the success of students. However, if appropriate services are put in place to support a young person’s needs we can often maximize success and minimize negative impacts for students.

 

Children’s mental health can affect young people in a variety of ways to varying degrees in the school environment. One child’s symptoms may be really hard to manage at school while another child with the same condition may not have much difficulty. In addition, like all of us, kids with mental health challenges have good days and bad, as well as, times periods when they are doing really well and times when their mental health symptoms become more difficult to manage.

 

When figuring out the types of supports and services to put in place, it is important to keep in mind that all kids are unique with differing needs and coping mechanisms. The mental health interventions that are chosen need to be based on the individual needs of each child and be able to flex in order to provide more or less support as needed.

 

At Bracher Elementary, we believe that each child is unique and can be successful.  On this page you can find links to:

 

  • Mental Health Resources
  • Monthly Wellness Article 
  • Parent Resources
  • Mental Health Events

Digital Citizenship: Monitoring Online Behavior and Safety

Dear Bracher Parents,

 

Most kids today are plugged into devices like TVs, tablets, and smartphones well before they can even ride a bike. 

Technology can be part of a healthy childhood, as long as this privilege isn't abused. For example, preschoolers can get help learning the alphabet on public television, grade schoolers can play educational apps and games, and teens can do research on the Internet.

But too much screen time can be a bad thing:                                                                              

 

  • Children who consistently spend more than 4 hours per day watching TV are more likely to be overweight.
  • Kids who view violent acts on TV are more likely to show aggressive behavior, and to fear that the world is scary and that something bad will happen to them.
  • Teens who play violent video games and apps are more likely to be aggressive.
  • Characters on TV and in video games often depict risky behaviors, such as smoking and drinking, and also reinforce gender-role and racial stereotypes.

This why it's so important for parents to keep tabs on their kids' screen time and set limits to ensure they're not spending too much time in front of a screen.

What's Recommended?                                                         

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends these guidelines for screen time:

 

  • Babies and toddlers up to 18 months old: No screen time, with the exception of video-chatting with family and friends.
  • Toddlers 18 months to 24 months: Some screen time with a parent or caregiver. 
  • Preschoolers: No more than 1 hour a day of educational programming, together with a parent or other caregiver who can help them understand what they're seeing.
  • Kids and teens 5 to 18 years: Parents should place consistent limits on screen time, which includes TV, social media, and video games. Media should not take the place of getting enough sleep and being physically active.

 

Cyberbullying and Other Mean Online Behavior

Most kids will encounter mean behavior at some point in their digital lives.  Often times, kids feel more anonymous (and bold) online.  They will say and do things that normally they would not in a face to face situation.  For some kids, this experience is a blip that’s easily forgotten, while for others it can have deep long-lasting effects.  For parents, the key is staying involved in kids’ lives – both online and off – so you can step in and offer help if necessary.  With guidance from parents and educators, kids can learn how to dodge the drama and stand up for others (be an Upstander).

 

6 Tips to for Common Sense Media Use

 

  1. Define your terms.  Make sure your kids understand what cyberbullying is and if they are a victim or the bully.

    Cyberbullying is repeated and unwanted mean or hurtful words or behavior that occur online (through texts, social media posts, online chats, and other digital communication).
     
  2. Check in about your child’s online life.  Just like you would ask your child about their day or sleep, exercise, and eating habits, stay on top of their online life.  Who are they chatting with?  How do people treat each other in the games and on the sites they are using?  Are they using appropriate language?
     
  3. Role-play.  If kids feel like they might have trouble removing themselves from digital drama, experiment with some different ways they can made a graceful exit.  Talk through words they can use, ways they can steer conversations in positive directions.
     
  4. Encourage upstanding.  Let your child know that supporting a friend or another online poster who is being bullied can make a big difference.  If they feel safe confronting the bully, they should.  If not, a private message to the victim can be enough to help someone through a tough time.  Speaking up against hate speech is important!
     
  5. Take breaks.  If you notice your child getting pulled into digital drama, help them take a break.  It’s great if they can determine for themselves when they need to step back, but they might need some help setting limits.  You are the parent.  Model for your child healthy digital use and setting limits.  Putting devices away at specific times (hour or more before bed for example), and taking breaks for mealtime and face-to-face connection can help children recharge and become less dependent on devices for connection to the world.
     
  6. Review worst-case steps.  Walk through what to do if you child is being bullied online.  First, step away.  Ignoring a bully can be very effective.  They want the attention – don’t give it to them.  If the bullying continues, take screenshots or print out evidence.  Then, block the person.  If it gets worse, report the behavior to a trusted adult.  Talk about the type of people who bully and make sure your child has their contact information for follow up.  Many digital sites have rules for cyberbullying and reporting the person to the site will often result in the person being banned from using the site in the future.  If this is happening with your child, it could be happening with others.

 

 

Below are links to several valuable resources for parents on Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying.  In the digital age, it is important for parents to be up-to-date on the issues surrounding digital media.

 

CommonSenseMedia.org - Common Sense Media has a wealth of resources and information about digital safety. This section of the website is dedicated to informing parents and answering concerns you might have. Topics include Cyberbullying, Privacy and Internet Safety, and Social Media as well as several others. Each topic includes FAQ's, articles and videos, and questions can be filtered by age. This is a valuable resource if you have questions about any of these topics. 

NetSmartz.org - NetSmartz is a website that educates parents and kids about internet safety. The parent and guardian section has topics such as Cell Phones, Cyberbullying, email & chat rooms, internet safety, and social networking. The site includes engaging videos with animations and real-life stories. It offers tips for parents as well as discussion starters for talks with your kids. 

NetFamilyNews.org - This is a blog by Anne Collier that includes many posts dealing with parenting, digital citizenship, and safety. Many of the articles provide up-to-date information on these ever evolving topics. Click on the "parenting" for parenting tips, or type a word or phrase into the search bar if you would like to see posts on a particular topic. Some relevant posts include, "A YouTube for the Littlest Video Viewers" and "Perfect Digital Parenting Doesn't Exist."

StopBullying.gov - This is the cyberbullying section of the Stopbullying.gov website. This has articles that define cyberbullying, gives tips on how to prevent it and what to do when cyberbullying happens. The website also includes several relevant videos and data about these topics. It includes a section on how to report cyberbullying to the proper authorities, to the school, and to internet service providers. 

StaySafeOnline.org - This "For Parents" section of this website provides articles and resources on teaching your child digital citizenship. Topics include Raising Digital Citizens, Cyberbullying and Harassment, Parental Controls and Gaming Tips. Each section contains bulleted lists of information on the topic. This website provides many additional resources if you need further information about a topic.

Electronic Overload: Too Much Screen-Time?

Electronic Overload: Too Much Screen-Time

Recent Research Says 95% of US Kids and Teens Are Overdoing Screen-Time: A Family Approach May Be The Solution

by Robert Myers, PhD | on February 9, 2019 | in Child Health NewsFamily BuildingtechnologyWell-Balanced Family

A new study states that only 5% of teens in the USA are following recommended guidelines for screen time, sleep and physical activity. The study points out that failure to meet these guidelines is a risk factor for health problems such as obesity, mental health problems including depression, and engaging in at-risk behavior such as the use of tobacco. The authors also cite research pointing to adverse effects on academic achievement.

The study, “Prevalence and Likelihood of Meeting Sleep, Physical Activity, and Screen-Time Guidelines among US Youth” was published in February 2019 in JAMA Pediatrics. The study followed almost 60 thousand youth for 6 years. The resulting recommendations (ages 14-18) are to limit all screen time to 2 hours, sleep for 8-10 hours a night, and accumulate at least 1 hour of aerobic physical activity each day.

 

While this research focused on teens, a similar study published in Lancet in 2018 found that only 5% of children ages 8-11 meet all the guidelines for that age group and almost 30% met none of the recommendations. The suggestions for children ages 6-12 call for 9 to 12 hours of sleep, 1 hour of physical activity, and less than 2 hours of screen time.

 

I began thinking about the need for families to work on achieving a balance in daily activities after reading the latest guidelines on the use of media by children, which was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in November 2016. Previously, the recommendations focused on the amount of screen time that is appropriate for each developmental stage, as well as the age-appropriate selection of content. These guidelines continue for children under the age of six.

For older children and adolescents, the AAP took a broader approach—looking at the need for balance in how they spend their time each day. The recommendations stressed the need for kids and teens to devote an adequate amount of time daily on the following:

 

  • Exercising
  • Engaging in play activities that do not involve electronics
  • Spending time with other members of the family or friends
  • Sleep


The AAP even developed the Family Media Plan, a useful tool available at www.healthychildren.org. This resource helps families schedule and create goals around the amount of time that each member of the family spends watching TV, using a computer, tablet, smartphone, or playing video games.

 

Kids today spend much of their time in front of a screen, be it a TV, computer, smartphone or tablet. Technology has many positive uses and can provide helpful information, entertainment, and even enhance social engagement—but like anything else, there needs to be a balance in how much time is spent using electronics. For the last few years, professionals in healthcare, education, and social sciences have stressed the need to find a balance. Some recent findings of the negative impact of over-use of screen time include:

  • Social Interaction. It is not uncommon for a growing number of kids and teens to spend most or sometimes all of their interaction with others through texting, calling, gaming, and social media. Personal communication with others is limited, and social and conversational skills are affected. Kids need contact with other kids to develop healthy relationships with each other.
  • Physical Health. Too much time sitting promotes poor eating habits and lack of physical exercise. Being too focused on a video game or computer activity interferes with intentional, healthy eating. A child is more likely to snack on foods that aren’t nutritious.
  • Learning. Studies have shown that children who spend more than two hours a day in front of the TV or another device have a more limited vocabulary, experience homework problems, and are at a higher risk for being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. Other research indicates that reading is a more powerful learning tool than digital devices including the computer.
  • Sleep Problems. Many kids take their phones or computers to bed with them. The hours before bedtime can make the difference between a good night’s sleep and interrupted sleep. The lights from these devices trick the brain into thinking it is daylight, as well as cause over-stimulation.
  • Behavioral Problems. A recent study published in Pediatrics indicates that children who watch television or play computer games for more than two hours a day have a higher risk of psychological problems. This study examined over 1,000 children between 10 and 11 years of age and found that violent movies or video games can contribute to aggressive behaviors and fights with family and friends.
     

In the book, The Well-Balanced Family: Reduce Screen Time and Increase Family Fun, Fitness, and Connectedness, you can learn how you can reconnect as a family by planning fun and healthy activities, establishing regular routines and good habits—while ditching the electronics.  The book also provides tips for helping kids to make the most of their screen time safely.  Some of the tips are:

  • The Value of Play: Learn what free play is, and how it can help encourage your child to use their imagination and become more independent.
  • How to Be a Fit Family: You’ll find plenty of tips on ways your family can stay active together, with suggestions for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens.
     
  • The Importance of Family Meetings: Learn how to schedule regular check-ins with your family to make sure everyone’s opinions are heard, and every family member feels valued.


Some issues covered in the book include:

  • Creating Structure: Help children stay focused by creating a regular schedule to follow. This will help them feel secure and keep you organized. Teach responsibility by assigning age-appropriate chores.
  • Bedtime Issues: Stop the endless debates with your child when it’s time for bed by learning how to listen to and validate their feelings.
  • Power Struggles: Learn how to communicate compassionately while still teaching your child that as their parent you are in charge.
  • Homework Issues: Create a quiet, organized environment for your child that will help them concentrate on homework assignments.
  • Get Active: Is your child more interested in video games than getting outside? Discover activities that will get your kid moving.
  • Unplugging: Focus on how you can get your family members to put down their electronic devices and start communicating.

 

 

Suggestions for Controlling & Monitoring Use of Electronic Devices

 

  1. Designate areas of your home that should be screen-free. This should include bedrooms–at least a bedtime. There should be no televisions in a bedroom for children and teens. All other electronic devices should be stored outside the bedroom before bedtime.
  2. Another area should be the dining table; not just during family meals, but for any time someone is eating there. Parents can teach their kids mindful eating. This helps reduce food consumption and improves digestion. Family mealtime should become an opportunity for positive interaction and open communication between all family members.
  3. If possible, a room or area in the home that is available with access to a computer, books, and other materials for work or study. A bulletin board placed on a wall could serve as a place to post homework schedules and reading logs. It is best if kids have a designated area for work as it improves concentration and task completion.
  4. Buy a docking station that is large enough to accommodate all of the family’s portable devices (phones and tablets) and place it in a central location. Devices can be plugged in when entering the home and should remain there except for agreed-upon times for their use. Ideally, parents should wait to retrieve texts or phone calls until times when they’re not engaged in family time. Better yet, if possible, save that activity for after the kids are in bed.
  5. Each member of the family should have a daily activity schedule that includes screen time. You can discuss this at a family meeting. At the meeting times, limits for each member of the family can be set and agreed upon. Times may vary based on the age of the child. This process may not be easy, but it’s a good topic for problem-solving. You may want to spend time with each child helping them to come up with their own priorities of what shows to watch and other activities to fit within their time limit.
  6. Screens should be turned off when engaging in socialization or other activities such as completing homework. Distraction during social exchanges or multitasking is always counterproductive.
  7. Parents need to be role models. Agree to limits on your own use during family meetings and stick with them. You can use Screen Time to monitor your use and set limits.

In addition to the above, learning how to set parental controls on various devices is very important. By using these tools, you’ll be able to monitor your child’s usage, set time limits, and restrict their use to age-appropriate content.

Here are some great resources on the web to help you get started:

  • Common Sense Media is a nonprofit organization with lots of valuable information for parents regarding appropriate content for children including television, movies, apps, and video games. Please be sure to visit this website and subscribe to their newsletter.

How to Survive Traveling with Your Kids

How to Survive Traveling with Your Kids This Holiday Season

by Pam Myers, BSEd | on December 12, 2016 

Just the thought of traveling with kids over the holiday break can be enough to make you sigh, and the reality can be particularly challenging. Something that is supposed to be fun and exciting can quickly turn into a stressful family vacation if you’re not careful. Whether you’re traveling with one child or four, by air or by car, this holiday season, you can find peace and tranquility on the way to and from your destination. The secret? Quality entertainment.

 

By Plane

There are two powerful strategies to employ for kids traveling by plane–a backpack full of fun or a device (phone, tablet) full of apps.

When you know a plane trip is coming, stock up on a variety of toys and activities at the dollar store. This can include sticker books, invisible magic markers, puzzles, and anything age appropriate but not too messy. Pack up the bag, but don’t let them open it until they get on the plane.

Sometimes, however, the activity bag isn’t enough, and that’s where a device comes in. Tablets or phones are great because they offer a variety of learning apps, the ability to watch shows that no one else wants to watch, and lots of games. Devices such as the Kindle Fire are a great way to offer variety, control (using parental controls), and distractions while traveling. And with a pair of headphones, everyone gets to enjoy the ride.

NOTE: DO NOT count on the WiFi working on the plane. Make sure you have apps that can run without Internet service.

 

By Car

For any car trip, not just ones for the holidays, an entertainment storage area can be a lifesaver. You can use a plastic container or a car organizer to store a collection of toys whether from McDonald’s, Target, or the Dollar Store.

When the entertainment bin loses its appeal, you may need to get out the big distraction — a portable DVD player or another electronic device where movies can be watched. Pick a couple of your child’s favorites, grab a couple of new ones, and cue them up. Couple that with a special “movie snack bag” and you have a mini movie theater, including some peace and quiet.

While it’s easy to create entertainment for the masses, there’s one thing you need to keep in mind: motion sickness. Be prepared. Stock your car with gallon size storage bags or motion sickness bags and make a kit. Include things such as air freshener, paper towels, a change of clothes, and anti-bacterial wipes. You won’t regret it.

As with any traveling experience, keep your eye on the prize. While you may feel like you’re all trapped like fish in a tank, the trip will end, and you will get there. Plan accordingly, channel your inner peace, and you’ll reach your destination without (major) incident.

Have a great trip and happy holidays!

 

More On This Topic:

About Pam Myers, BSEd

Pam Myers received a Bachelors in Special Education and her teaching credential from University of Southern California and was a 6th grade teacher for 13 years for the Ocean View School District in Huntington Beach, CA. She and Dr Bob met at USCand were married in 1971. Pam is the proud mother of two grown children, Lauren, who is a Special Education teacher in the La Habra School District and a son, Greg, who is a TV and Film editor. She retired from the public schools to raise her family and has continued to work with children and families through various activities including serving as a PTA president, working with OC Philharmonic Association to bring music education to children and is serving in the youth ministry at her church. Pam and Bob worked as a team on his radio shows and she provided management support in his private practice. Painting and live theater are her passions as well as the protection of children and animals.

Step Family Success: How to Bring Your Blended Family Together

Stepfamily Success: How to Draw Your Blended Family Closer Together

by Monica Foley, M.Ed. | on November 3, 2018 | in CommunicationDivorceFamily BuildingParenting 

 

Let’s rewind to the 1970’s.  Even if you haven’t seen it, you may have heard about a hit sitcom of the time called, “The Brady Bunch.”  This television show famously depicted the union of two families with six step-siblings. Since that decade, divorce rates have remained steady, with about 40 to 50 percent of marriages ending.  Given these statistics, remarriages are not uncommon.  If уоu аnd уоur new partner have children frоm уоur previous marriages, іt’s quіtе typical fоr thе two families tо unite аnd live together аѕ one family.

Blended families face unique challenges.  As step families start navigating their new family roles, there’s a delicate balance between fostering these new relationships and allowing everyone time to adjust.  If you’re thinking about combining households and even if you’ve already moved in together, it’s highly beneficial to consider the following to help everyone thrive:

 

Steps to Take With Your Partner

  1. Build a strong relationship.         You’re the captains of this ship. As parents and heads of your household, you set the course for your family. Make time for each other and communicate openly and respectfully.
  2. Structure your household.          Create the division of labor that works best for your individual needs. You may be the financial guru while your partner is a gourmet cook. Your older kids may find it gratifying to share their experience and watch out for their younger siblings.
  3. Decide on house rules together.           Kids need consistent expectations. Come to an agreement with your partner on what you consider acceptable behavior and the consequences for not following the rules. If the children spend time in more than one household, try to coordinate the rules as much as possible.
  4. Talk about money.             Money is a significant issue, especially when you’re merging two families. Share all of the details about your income, assets, and debts. Find common ground on how to spend, save and invest. Consider prenuptial agreements if it’s important to document your separate property.
  5. Respect your differences.           There are many advantages to bringing more life experience into your role as parent and spouse. There’s also the possibility that you’ll need to adjust or merge your different traditions and habits concerning everything from holidays to curfews.
  6. Put the good of your family first.            Above all, keep your eyes on the wellbeing of your family as a whole. Try to consider everyone’s needs and make reasonable accommodations to keep things running smoothly.
  7. Understand your role.       As a stepparent, take it slow. You can be a valuable force in your stepchild’s life, but they already have their own parents. Work at being a loving mentor and positive role model.
  8. Empathize.   Try to see things from the perspective of all the children involved. Validate their feelings and acknowledge the major adjustments they’ve been asked to make. Be sensitive to their concerns about what their peers will think and how the rest of their family is getting along.
  9.  Spend time together.        Invite your stepchildren to spend some time alone with you so that you can get to know each other. Identify your common interests and plan outings around them.
  10. Enforce the house rules.  Explain the house rules clearly at the outset. It’s usually best for your partner to provide most of the discipline for their own children, especially in the early stages of the relationship.
  11. Expect setbacks.    Your family relationships will fluctuate over time. You and your partner will probably learn by trial and error as you take on new challenges. Children may feel conflicting loyalties and need to pull back sometimes.
  12. Support the child’s relationship with their grandparents.   If both of your stepchild’s grandparents are still alive and engaged in their life, work to protect that sacred relationship. Put the child’s interests first. Grandparents are a precious resource who can provide extra love and attention.
  13. Consider counseling.       Counseling may help smooth the transition or get you through any rocky episodes. Look for a licensed therapist who is familiar with the special dynamics of blended families.

With patience and love, you can pull off the balancing act required to help your blended family bond. Build a strong relationship with your partner and help the children feel secure as they cope with all the adjustments involved.

For more information about this topic:

About Monica Foley, M.Ed.

With twenty years of career expertise working with children and families in the fields of school counseling, parent support coaching and most recently, non-profit based counseling and case management, Monica Foley offers a mandate to improve the lives of children and families around the world. She truly enjoys learning about others and easily establishes rapport while building relationships based on trust, respect, and integrity. Monica earned a M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire and a BA in Psychology from the University of Vermont.

PARENTS: Cyber-Bullying Warning Signs

Author: Robert Myers, PhD

Reference: Child Development Institute Article

 

A generation ago, bullying seemed to occur primarily on the playground, but in the 21st century, this intimidating and unacceptable behavior is as likely to come through a digital device as on the swing set. Cyber-bullying may take place in the online world, but it is no less damaging than its real-world equivalent. In fact, cyber-bullying often extends into the everyday lives of children, and it’s critical for 21st-century parents to be on the lookout for the early warning signs.

Many parents, even tech-savvy ones, are slow to recognize the signs of cyber-bullying, and the early symptoms are often mistaken for typical teenage malaise. Growing up has always been hard, and transitioning to adulthood in the constant eye of social media can be even more intimidating. If you are concerned that your son or daughter is the victim of cyber-bullying, it’s essential to act quickly and understand what they are enduring.

Cyber-bullying takes many different forms, so the early warning signs often vary widely. Some of these early warning signs may be academic: a formerly straight-A student may suddenly start getting poor grades, or a student who was enthusiastic about going to school might start making excuses to stay home.

The cyber-bullying victim may skip school, or they may get into trouble by picking fights with other students or talking back to authority figures. All of these signs are troubling, and they all warrant immediate investigation. Whether the cause is cyber-bullying or something else, parents should be alarmed enough to do further research.

Other signs of cyber-bullying are behavioral and often dismissed as teenagers being teenagers. Victims of cyber-bullying may lose interest in activities they once enjoyed, giving up football, or quitting their favorite sports team. They may change their eating or sleeping habits, give up their favorite foods, or skip family meals. They may stop using digital devices, close their social media accounts, break away from their online friends, or no longer post pictures or updates to their favorite sites.

Parents who spot any of these common warning signs of cyber-bullying should take action right away to avoid further emotional, intellectual and physical damage to their children. Cyber-bullying can have some dire real-world implications, up to and including suicidal behavior. Time is of the essence when dealing with a cyber-bully, and it’s vital for concerned parents to enlist the help of school officials, family members and anyone else who is willing to lend a hand.

 

For more information on this subject:

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Parent Letter: Electronic Overload Article

BRACHER ELEMENTARY

WELLNESS ARTICLE

 

Electronic Overload:  Too Much Screen-Time?

 

Dear Bracher Parents,

With kids ages 8 to 18 spending on average 44.5 hours per week in front of electronic devices, parents are increasingly concerned that compulsive internet usage is robbing these kids of real world experiences.  Nearly 23% of youth report that they feel “addicted to video games” (31% of males, 13% of females.)  These are the results of a student of 1,178 U.S. children and teens (ages 8 t 18) conducted by Harris Interactive (2007) that documents a national prevalence rate of obsessive video game use.

Dr. Douglas Gentile, director of the Media Research lab at Iowa State University reports, “Almost one out of every ten youth gamers shows enough symptoms of damage to their school, family, and mental health functioning to merit serious concern.”

Beyond gaming, kids are filling their free time with other internet activities such as social networking, instant messaging (IM), blogging, downloading, gaming, etc. The enclosed article focuses on this issue and provides some solutions to help you balance the electronic device usage of your child with specific suggestions.

 

If you would like additional information about this topic, please let us know.  This article is posted on the school website for further information and links to additional websites.

Smartphone Addiction
Smartphone Addiction
Cyber Bullying
Cyber Bullying
Anxiety Wheel
Anxiety Wheel