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Vacation Time...SCREEN TIME? Hopefully this spring break will bring you and your child some adventures and time outdoors enjoying warm weather and sunshine! Most likely it will also include screen time of some sort.

What is Screen Time?
According to the site Common Sense Media-
            • Passive consumption: watching TV, reading, and listening to music
            • Interactive consumption: playing games and browsing the Internet
            • Communication: video-chatting and using social media
            • Content creation: using devices to make digital art or music
How much Screen Time?
Not all screen time is created equal, so there is not necessarily a magic number of how many hours of screen time is appropriate for children. You will find lots of different advice about what people believe is appropriate, but what seems to be consistent advice is, keep a balance of providing enriching off screen activities along with the technology.

What you can do as a parent-
Common Sense Media recommends-
            • Pay attention to how your kids act during and after watching TV, playing video games, or hanging out online. If they're using high-quality, age-appropriate media; their behavior is positive; and their screen-time activities are balanced with plenty of healthy screen-free ones, there's no need to worry.
            • If you're concerned about heavy media use, consider creating a schedule that works for your family. This can include weekly screen-time limits, limits on the kinds of screens kids can use, and guidelines on the types of activities they can do or programs they can watch.
Be aware of where and what your kids are doing with their devices. In kindergarten we talk about the internet being a lot like a field trip, there are a lot of fun and exciting things to do when you are online, but also things that are not good for us or safe. So like when we are on a field trip it is important for an adult to know where you are and what you are doing in order to be SAFE! Have a great vacation everyone! Have a great vacation! Mrs. Plankey