EPS Healthy Home Habits for Technology
At Ellington Public Schools, we believe technology can transform student learning by providing anytime access to information while allowing students to create authentic products and share their learning with the world. While technology can be a powerful tool, it can also be unhealthy if not used in moderation or within appropriate boundaries. If we teach children about appropriate and healthy use of technology while providing appropriate boundaries, we will limit potential unhealthy consequences for children.
- American Academy of Pediatrics recommends about 10 hours of sleep per night for school age children
- Screentime (cell phones,computers, video games) can be significant factors in getting adequate sleep
- Close proximity of cell phones negatively impacts everyone’s ability to focus and sustain attention
- Social media has many positive aspects but, can also have a negative impact on a student’s self worth
Therefore, we recommend...
- Cell phones and other technology (including video games) be turned off at least one hour before bedtime.
- Cell phones and other technology be stored and charged outside of the bedroom.
- Cell phones be placed in another room and turned to silent/do not disturb during homework or reading time.
- Parents/guardians have all passwords for social media accounts and be logged into those accounts on their own devices.
- All households have a “tech free time” policy where phones and devices are put aside or turned off by all family members on parent/guardian request.