Strategies to help teens manage their digital world

Strategies to help teenagers manage their digital world were discussed at a recent IGS parent and caregiver information evening in response to parent requests, with about 50 parents attending.

The addictive nature of online gaming and social media is emerging as a problem for today’s teenagers around the world.

IGS Director of Teacher Effectiveness Lisa Kelliher presented, along with Deputy Head of High School Paul Galea and IGS Primary Digital Innovator, Educator and E-safety Coordinator David Smith, who is also employed on a part time basis by software provider Family Zone.

Why we discuss screen time
Why we discuss screen time

Parenting strategies, including the use of external device control providers, were discussed.

“Parents were happy to know that they were not alone in having issues with their children and excessive screen time,” Paul said.

“They were pleased to hear that setting firm guidelines, boundaries and consequences around screen time was an acceptable way of improving their family life.

“A very effective two-pronged approach was also discussed, with the combination of parents setting limits and external providers helping control access considered useful.”

View the presentation on screen time and children.

IGS continues to share information with parents on this important issue.

The IGS Community Learning Program will provide a free presentation on Healthy Screen Time and Gaming by ySafe Executive Director Yasmin London on 20 November from 6pm to 7pm.

Visit tinyurl.com/IGSCommunityLearning to book.