Healthy Digital Life

Definition
“Screen Time” is a term used for activities done in front of a screen, such as watching TV, working on a computer, or playing video games. We distinguish between passive screen time (streaming, watching TV) and interactive screen time (gaming, productivity-based, and collaborative or research-based activities).

Recommendations and Beliefs
At St. Cecilia Catholic School, we want students to utilize technology as an essential tool in their learning process. We want students to interact with screens for productivity-based, collaborative or other research-based activities. We encourage a natural balance between online and offline experiences for students and teachers, creating a blended learning environment. The learning goal is at the forefront of high-quality educational technology experiences for students. Current research emphasizes the quality of the use of technology should be the greater concern versus the quantity. The following resources provide guidelines and resources for your family to consider to help you maintain a healthy digital life.

American Academy of Pediatrics: Media and Children Communication Toolkit
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides policies, information, advice, and resources about families’ and children’s interactions with various forms of media. Learn about the latest research and guidelines from the AAP and recommendations for managing screen time and media by age.

Common Sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
Common Sense Media is the leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families. Expert reviews and objective recommendations are made for all types of media.

Apple Screen Time Tools: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208982
Learn about using Apple Screen Time which provides access to real-time reports about how much time you or your child spend on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Digital Well Being by Google: https://wellbeing.google/
Read about how to find a balance with technology that works for you and your family. Google provides resources to help you reflect on your current use of technology and provide you with various tips and tools.