Dr Georgiana Cameron
The answer is less straightforward than it might seem. When the issue of teens and technology is raised there tends to be a minefield of opinions about its impact and what should be done to curb usage. It’s a topic that is highly relevant to parents and educators, with frequent news items suggesting that technology is affecting teens’ brains, threatening the moral fabric of society, causing epidemic levels of addiction, and increasing social isolation and ill-being. Many writers recommend that parents set guidelines and wean their children off screens where they can. Advice often suggests allowing no screen time before school, mealtime or bedtime, but to use screen time as a reward after homework is finished. Further advice includes making sure that protections are in place around internet access and social media, and talking to your child about why their screen time is being limited. The advice is often helpful, however much of it isn’t derived from rigorous research.
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The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has recently granted recognition to the Steiner Australia Digital Technologies Curriculum.
“The Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework was developed in response to the Federal Government’s proposal to create a mandatory Australian Curriculum for all schools. As Steiner education is internationally recognised, we were given the opportunity to put forward an alternate curriculum framework for recognition, in order to protect the integrity of Steiner education philosophy and pedagogy.”
The Steiner Digital Technologies Curriculum can be viewed HERE
“Digital technology is an exciting field of human endeavour and it empowers us in manifold ways. Complex technologies also present many new ways of learning and working, often by sidestepping time and space and locating us in an infinite network of here and now. However, these amazing extensions to our lives present challenges to educators as we try to assess which digital technologies are beneficial and in what educational context.
It is internationally accepted practice that Steiner Schools, while preparing a thorough grounding in the primary years, delay the formal integration of digital technologies until high school. It is the task of teachers in Steiner primary schools to lay the foundation for lifelong learning – through a uniquely human and richly choreographed education. As the students’ journey continues into high school, they quickly learn to incorporate digital technologies effectively, creatively and ethically.”
Parent Information Sessions
November 2nd and 16th at 7pm
Smartphones, BYOD, gaming and social media are an emerging challenge for schools and parents.
As a community, how can we manage these resources and support our children to get creative, healthy and positive outcomes from them?
In November we will be holding information sessions at Tarremah about BYOD, device management and home network filtering (and other questions that you bring).
These sessions are open to all parents who want information and support, whether it be about buying a BYOD device (for grades 8-10), managing devices (antivirus, parent controls), filtering your home network and any other questions and concerns you would like addressed.
Come along to either session for an informative and supportive session with our ICT staff.
Book now to help make sure the showing goes ahead – critical number must be reached before the go-ahead.
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.
In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.
The film will be followed by a Q&A panel.
ThinkUKnow is a free, evidence-based cyber safety program that provides accessible cyber safety education to parents, carers and teachers through schools and organisations across Australia.
ThinkUKnow uses a network of trained law enforcement members and accredited volunteers from our program partner organisations to deliver the cyber safety education presentations nationwide.