Space: Create a quiet work space, dedicated to learning and away from distractions. Turn phones to silent and reduce background noise. Monitor your child’s lessons but try not to interrupt them. It may be necessary to remove extra devices until class time is over.
Schedule: Doing class online, reading online and chatting online adds up to a lot of screen time so it is more important than ever to balance all of this screen time with compulsory tech-free activities. Create or adjust a daily schedule. Add recess and lunch breaks into the schedule for everyone to get up, have something to eat then do something active for a while.
POSSIBLE THINGS TO INCLUDE IN A DAILY SCHEDULE
A well balanced day can help children maintain mental and physical health. Please remember that screen use before sleep can significantly impact the quality and duration of sleep, so, try to reserve the last 60 minutes of the day for device-free time.
Family: Once lessons are over, find some time to come together as a family. It may be over dinner or via programmes, shows or games that you can participate in together. Talk about what you are watching/doing. Ask questions to facilitate a deeper understanding of the content and encourage everyone to give their opinions about what is happening.
Connections: Staying connected to friends and loved ones is important. Video chats with friends and family are a healthy and safe way to use technology. Make sure everyone in the family has opportunities to connect with their friends.
Fun: Being isolated with your family offers a unique opportunity to strengthen your family bond and create memories that could become a cherished part of your family history. Apart from the regular family time on school days, try to do something special at least once a week.
Freedom: It seems contradictory but try to schedule some unstructured time, but your children need time when they can just be free to play and explore. Agree on some safety boundaries and set them free to build forts, do craft, create music, dance, do puzzles and make a mess.
Model: It's important to monitor our own media consumption and model healthy device habits. We can do this by having our own device free times.
Forgive: Many of us are feeling stressed, and this includes our children. Don’t be hard on yourself. Do what you can and prioritize. Stay in touch with the teachers and other ACST families. Many of your children are more independent than you realize so ask them to explain things. Invite children to think of ways they can be helpful and make a positive difference in their own family.
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