Digital Wellbeing @ St Andrew's - Screen time or scream time?

The Australian Government Department of Health* have recommend that children aged 5 to 17 spend no more than 2 hours a day engaged in electronic media used for entertainment (TV, video games, phones, etc.). Are your children spending too much time online?

If this is the case and you would like some suggestions, then here is a quick video that may provide a good starting option.

Fortnite: the online game that lasted longer than a week 

I’m sure this game has been mentioned in your household, maybe more than once? It is incredibly popular the world over... However, if you wanted to know a little more about it, there are two ABC articles provided below:

Fortnite: Millions are playing it, but is addiction to the game really a thing?

Fortnite is taking over - These experts want you to play it with your kids

Is Fortnite a villain? Or is there simply a need to balance screen time with other offline activities? Given the online nature of the game, have you discussed safety with your children? Do they always know who they are talking to during the game? What should they do if they feel an exchange isn’t quite right or pleasant? We cannot control the next fad, but as parents invested in our children’s journey, we can help to prepare them for both the real and online world.

Mr Shaun Cleary 

CYBERSAFETY CHAMPION

 

* The Australian Government Department of Health: Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/health-pub...