What does your own screen time look like as a parent?
· Range of opinions represented - from occasional cell phone use to 12 hours in front of a computer every day.
· Families with students from ages 4 - 14 present.
· Working from home - what message does this send?
· Many maintain healthy boundaries for children but don't follow the rules when kids are asleep.
· Is it appropriate to use technology for reinforcement or punishment?
· Do young children differentiate between the intention of device engagement? Creative output v. consumption.
· Multi-tasking with devices - growing trend in surfing the web while watching television.
· Distinctions around how children can engage tech - learning games v. YouTube.What do you see as some of the benefits and drawbacks of technology for your student?
· organizational facilitation/syncing second nature, learning at age when it's easy intuitive nature
· exposure of world (under guidance) greater wealth of resources at disposal
· flexibility of device, no books
· enhancement that it adds to their life experience; wider exposure "not afraid of asking"
· opportunities to create
· finding answers to any question is possible
· learning is much more enjoyable, more effective (languages), easier to learn/more rewarding
· support for multiple learning styles
· ability to connect with others (family, pen pals, global society)
· lack of privacy, easy exposure/risk to predators/pornography
· false sense of security
· disconnecting from human element/anonymous nature of communication
· one dimensional aspect to communication
· computer cannot teach critical thinking/high level
· layering of multiple devices
· pull of attention away from present and task at hand