As a parent of three boys, I find myself on a daily basis wrestling with helping my children (and me, to be completely honest) find a balance with the use of screen time. In our digital world of social media, Smartphones, Chromebooks, Ipods, Ipads, and laptops, not to mention Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, Playstation 4, DS, etc., the possibilities for screen time are endless. Our children are surrounded by the temptations of electronics every. single. day. These temptations are not going away, so the question becomes, “How do we navigate this digital world we live in and help teach and guide our children to use technology in a productive and meaningful way?”
If you are like me and are struggling as a parent, grandparent, youth leader, or simply want to learn more about dealing with the realities of our digital world, please join us for a viewing of the documentary Screenagers on Monday, February 20, 2017 in the OHS Auditorium from 6-8 pm. Not only does Screenagers bring forth the realities of the technologically connected world we live in, but it also teaches us about the impact screen time has on the developing brain. Most valuable, in my opinion, is the documentary brings forth practical solutions and tips for raising children to be responsible consumers of technology. After the viewing Screenagers, district staff will lead a discussion among participants and provide more resources to help adults, help children and adolescents. Resources will include links to sample screen time contracts, parenting apps to monitor and block usage, apps to use with teens (or adults) who drive and may be tempted to use their phone while behind the wheel, links to articles written on the topic, as well as a list of pro-social video games.
If I haven’t convinced you yet to join us on this very important, and free, evening for our community, and you’d like to learn more about Screenagers, please visit http://www.screenagersmovie.com/. All OMS students will watch the movie on the afternoon of Thursday, February 23, 2017. After the movie, students will break into small groups led by OMS staff for a follow-up discussion.
Due to space being limited, advance registration is requested. Please go to http://bit.ly/ScreenagersOSD to register. Please note that although it may appear that there is a fee to attend due to options to pay by credit card, the event is indeed free. There is also an opportunity to register for free childcare (ages 10 and under). The OHS Key Club will be providing this service to families. All who register in advance will receive a free soda and popcorn to enjoy during the movie.
Please spread the word regarding this awesome opportunity to learn more about how to empower our children and teens to be technologically responsible!