RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – As families gear up to head back to school, many parents may be wondering: are my kids’ digital devices causing too much distraction?
Jim Steyer, Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, is offering his advice to families on some commonly asked questions.
What should parents do if kids are constantly texting?
• Make time for tech free, face-to-face interactions: at the dinner table, in the car, and keep tech out of kids’ bedrooms.
• Model the behavior you want to see
• Establish consequences and set time limits/ parental controls on the device if you need to.
If children need to use devices or the internet for schoolwork, how can moms and dads help them focus on that, and not waste time on distractions?
• Get them to do their work where you can see what’s happening
• Have them write down assignments that they check off when they’re done
• Ask your teacher if the device they’re using from school can block access to non-homework-related sites.
Common Sense Media says parents should remember 4 C’s
- Connection: are kids engaged in learning a valued subject or skill
- Critical thinking: is it mindless or does it require some brain-power?
- Creativity: does it get kids to make their own content?
- Context: does the online experience relate to the offline world?