‘Get off that Computer!’
Clever ways to manage kids’ screen time
45 minute workshop - pair with another 45 minute workshop.
To book this workshop please contact Bill Hansberry
Have you heard of IAD? It stands for ‘Internet Addiction Disorder’ and it is now listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), and is a very real disorder!
Let’s face it, putting the smart phone or tablet down, or switching the computer off can be a hard task for all of us – kids and adults alike.
Is your child’s attachment to screens getting in the way of real time with friends, relaxation time, school, study or sport?
Is your child fanatical about getting to a screen each day?
When they get to a screen, are they stuck to it for hours on end and do you face a meltdown at the mention that they hop off the computer?
Has their talk become dominated by what’s happened on-line, or that game they are playing lately?
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any, (or all) of the above, be alert but not alarmed! The fact is that you’re not alone in this brave new world that our kids were born into, but we merely inhabit! You don’t need to become a Screen Nazi and remove all screen time from your kids in one foul swoop! In fact, this would be counterproductive because kids stick even closer to forbidden fruit!
This popular and informative workshop takes a sensible and balanced look at what the experts suggest is a healthy amount of time on screens for kids and ways parents can gradually bring their kids’ and teens’ time on screens back within healthy limits.
We also look at some simple safety tips that clever parents use in their homes to minimise the risk of their kids falling victim to the darker side of the internet.
We really enjoyed the interactive participation using the social window to help us understand the different styles of parenting and what our default style is when we are under pressure. We could have a laugh and learn. Bill reinforced the idea that consequences were necessary but were not about hurting or punishing children.
Gilles St Primary School