We recently had the opportunity to host Parents Who Fight for a parent education night. They also led student seminars the following day for each grade division and had a wealth of information for all age levels. 73 percent of the logic students reported they learned something new that they did not know before. 75 percent said it would change the amount of time they spend on a device, or that they would be more mindful of how they are being marketed, or their digital footprint. If you missed the parent night and have not had a chance to watch the replay, I am including it here.
A few quick action steps you can take to make sure your students are safe…
If you feel it is best to delay having a device, you are not alone! Only 58 percent of logic students report having a smartphone. So, close to half do not have a smartphone. 10 percent do not own any device at all including a tablet! There is a movement called Wait Until 8th that encourages parents to wait until 8th grade before allowing smartphones. If you are interested in learning more about that you can visit waituntil8th.org. Students have enough pressure as it is in middle school and being able to delay the stress that comes with smart phones as long as possible is incredibly helpful and highly recommended. The more families that make this choice, the easier it is to shift the culture. At the end of the day, our goal as parents is to protect what they are exposed to as children, help guide them as teens, and teach them so they know how to encounter the tech world with wisdom once they graduate and are on their own. We want them to enjoy childhood as much as possible. A lower tech life means more time in nature, playing a game of hoops outside with friends, being engaged with family, reading the Bible, and making memories they will carry for the rest of their lives.
If you feel you could use some additional guidance to keep your family safe, Parents Who Fight offers consultations to walk you through the steps. They will even come to your home and help you set it up if desired! If interested, you can contact parentswhofight.com and mention you are with PCA. www.protectyoungeyes.com is also another wonderful resource. Last but not least, don’t forget you have free access to Axis compliments of PCA. They also have several great discussion guides on technology, social media, etc. www.axis.org Working together, we can create a safer online environment for our families and take back some of our valuable family time. May your Christmas break be full of family time and happy memories!