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Suggestions for Student Use of Electronic
(Portions of this section taken from Minnetonka Public Schools: Parents Guide http://goo.gl/TbjJU)
Cyber safety is an important
parent-child discussion to revisit frequently with students of all ages. The
following suggestions are drawn from a wide variety of professional sources
that may aid you in effectively guiding your child’s use of technology devices.
& limit screen time
Experts suggest having teens surf the Internet in a central place at home, such as the kitchen or family room, rather than away from adult supervision or behind a closed door. Know what your child is doing with technology and how his or her time is being spent. Technology can be a great tool and resource, but also has the potential to be a big distraction. Help your child learn to focus on completing tasks or assignments first before spending time on games, shopping and social networking. Teaching today’s children how to manage multiple sources of information and potential distractions is a critical life skill, one best learned before heading off to college or the workplace.
the electronic devices to bed, but not in the bedroom
Parenting experts suggest parking all technology devices - from cell phones and video games to iPads and laptops - in a common spot overnight to discourage late night, unmonitored use and sleep disruption. Don’t allow your child to sleep with the iPad, laptop or cell phone.
a place for electronic devices to charge
Since your child's device (laptop or iPad) is expected to be fully charged and ready for school each morning, we recommend having a family charging station/location. Charging the device in a consistent location helps establish the routine of charging and gathering the device for school each day.