I feel grateful for books and literature every day as I get to share the magic, adventure and information they hold with our Applewild readers. This week, our lower school teachers shared the books for which they are most grateful with our 2nd and 3rd graders. What a wonderful gift! Click on a circle below to see what they shared!
Recently, Mr. Grant, our Technology Director, asked a group of 8th graders what social media platforms they were using. A long list flowed easily from their mouths accompanied by strong opinions about the best uses for each platform (keeping up with old friends, meeting new people with similar interests, wasting time). Earlier that week, I listened to the ripple effects of a digital drama stirred up at a local junior high school over a "Dating Confessions" hashtag on Instagram. The most interesting emotion that emerged from both discussions was fatigue. Though they all felt like they needed to be "there" online and liked the buzz of being tied into the unfolding events, they also expressed feelings of irritation by online behavior and the pressure to "keep up". One student even described the relief she feels when it is time to put her phone away for a day at school.
With this backdrop, I was not at all surprised by the results from Common Sense Media's most recent survey of media use by Teens and Tweens. Their summary, Understanding your Students: A Glimpse into the Media Habits of Tweens and Teens reveals:
What does this mean for us as educators and you as parents? As Applewild educators we add technology thoughtfully to the curriculum. The curricular goals come first, and we are always making sure there is a good reason for putting a student in front of a screen.
At home, it can be challenging to decide just how much screen time is right for your child. Common Sense Media has a number of helpful resources to help your family decide what type of digital environment works for you.
You can read the full report here.