Help parents detect unhealthy screen habits
Now that students are back from winter break, it’s time to remind parents about the importance of setting limits on screen time. A new study in the Psychology of Popular Media Culture outlines a series of questions to help parents determine if their children have unhealthy screen habits. Post this list on your school website or in your school newsletter:
- Is it hard for your child to stop using screen media?
- When your child has a bad day, is screen media the only thing that seems to make him feel better?
- Does your child’s screen media use cause problems for the family?
- Does the amount of time your child uses screen media keep increasing?
- Does your child sneak to use screen media?
If the answer to one or more of the questions is yes, it’s time for parents to make changes at home to promote healthy screen media use.
Encourage students to report hazing incidents
Hazing can’t be properly addressed if students don’t report it. That’s why it is crucial to encourage students to come forward when they have been hazed or when they see it happening to someone else. However, many students don’t report hazing because they:
- Fear retaliation from the team or group.
- Don’t want to be labeled as a snitch or a tattletale.
- Are afraid that they will make matters worse if they take action.
- Don’t believe adults will do anything to help.
- Simply don’t know what to do.
Reassure students that the adults at your school will take reported incidents of hazing very seriously and that the school will take appropriate action. Let students know that when they keep silent, a situation could get much worse. Also explain to them that snitching is when a student is trying to get someone into trouble. Reporting is when a student is trying to get someone out of trouble.
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Children sled down a hill on a golf course at the Isle of Palms, S.C., Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. A brutal winter storm dumped snow in Tallahassee, Florida, on Wednesday for the first time in nearly three decades before slogging up the Atlantic coast and smacking Southern cities such as Savannah and Charleston, South Carolina, with a rare blast of snow and ice.(AP Photo/Mic Smith)