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Screen time rules are meant to help families find a balance between media use and a healthy lifestyle. Screens include computers, cellphones, tablets, game consoles and televisions. Research has shown that too much screen time can lead to obesity and language delays in children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents to create healthy media habits early on and introduce high-quality content for their children. Parents are encouraged to use high-quality media which is educational and productive for kids and limit the use of low-quality screen activities that are non-beneficial.
While there are consequences to too much screen time, establishing guidelines can help ensure children and teens have a healthy balance. Rules from experts on screen time vary, making it difficult for parents to know which rules are best to follow. InMyArea Resource compared screen time rules from 10 experts:
Sierra Filucci, editorial director of Common Sense Media
Becky Mansfield, former teacher and child therapist
Dr. Danelle Fisher, pediatrician
Dr. Jenny Radesky, developmental behavioral pediatrician
Dr. Wendy Moyal, M.D., child adolescent psychiatrist
Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov, Esq., e-safety expert and founder of Digital Parenting Coach
Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, psychologist
Laine Lipsky, parenting coach
Dr. Jenny Radesky, pediatrician and professor of pediatrics
Most experts agree: Parents should know what your kids are doing online and have regular conversations about screen time usage. Some experts also believe: Kids should be encouraged to monitor their own screen time usage.
Most experts recommend monitoring children’s media content. This can be done by watching a show or video together and checking out which apps they use the most. While there are plenty of applications that can help automatically monitor content, having a face-to-face discussion is the best solution. You might find out that what your kids are watching or doing online is more educational than you think. Either way, it’s important to have regular conversations together about healthy and balanced screen time.
Modeling good habits
Most experts agree: Parents should set a good example for kids. Some experts also believe: Parents should follow screen time rules they set in place.
Most experts agree that a parent needs to set a good example for their kids, even if it means following the same screen time rules. If a child feels that the parent is always on their phone, for example, the child can pick up conflicting messages. Even babies can pick up screen time behavior from a parent at a very early age.
Some experts suggest making rules that the parents can uphold themselves. By doing so, the child can learn to self-regulate by watching the parents set a good example.
Setting screen time usage limits
Most experts agree: Children 18 months and younger should avoid the use of screens other than video chatting, children ages 2 to 5 years old should limit screen use to 1 hour per day and children 6 years or older should have consistent limits, as recommended by the AAP. Two hours of screen time usage a day or less is recommended by most experts for children 6 years and older. Some experts disagree and say:
Screens should be turned off when not in use, even if it’s just for background noise.
Parents should allow screen time usage in blocks or ranges of time.
Parents should encourage kids to monitor their own screen time usage and use monitoring tools to help interrupt themselves.
Children should be involved in setting screen time rules so you can have a child that can self-regulate with the parents’ help.
Children should earn their screen time usage with good behavior.
Parents should share the same screen time rules that work for them.
Most experts refer to the AAP’s recommendations for how much screen time to allow for kids. If a parent must use digital media or television for their children outside of these recommendations, the AAP suggests using high-quality content. Video chatting with a grandparent is one example of a high-quality screen activity because of the connection a child is building with family. Screens should not hinder adequate sleep, physical activity or other behaviors essential to health. Some parents may choose to separate screen time usage into 30 minute blocks or in time frames.
On the contrary, some experts suggest involving the kids to create their own screen time rules. Sierra Filucci is one of the experts that encourage kids to be involved in setting limits. By doing so, children will feel invested in the rules and are more likely to self-regulate. Involving a child also encourages healthy conversation about how they spend their time in front of a screen and healthy self-regulating behaviors on rules that both the parent and child have agreed upon.
Other experts, like Becky Mansfield, suggest making children earn screen time with good behavior, such as finishing their homework or completing chores. This is a highly debated topic and many experts argue that rewarding a child with screen time is the same as rewarding a child with a candy bar, resulting in the child wanting it more. This may lead to the child asking, “If I put my toys away, can I get the iPad?”
Whichever screen time rules you set in place, it’s important to stay consistent. Avoid swinging between extremes such as not allowing screens one day and back to no limits the next day.
Screens at mealtime
Most experts agree: Screens should be turned off or put away during meals.
Dr. Danelle Fisher and experts alike advise against having meals in front of a screen. Having screen-free family meals makes room for having quality discussions with your children with everyone’s undivided attention. Toddlers who are used to having a screen as a distraction while being fed have a much harder time weaning off screens during meals. This change can be done gradually. You may try to have the TV on but on mute at first, or waiting 10 minutes before putting away a screen if it helps children adjust.
Screens at bedtime
Most experts agree: Don’t allow screens after bedtime. Some experts also believe: Turn off screens one hour before bedtime.
Most experts agree that screens should not be allowed after bed. Experts know this can get increasingly harder to enforce as children reach their teens, making it more important to enforce this rule early on. Dr. Jenny Radesky and other experts also say to remove devices from the bedroom completely or shut down devices an hour before bedtime. Screens emit blue light that suppresses melatonin which can make it harder to fall asleep.
Punishments for too much screen time
Experts cannot agree and say:
Screens should be taken away for a period that’s time limited and specific (e.g. 1 day to 1 week).
Parents should avoid taking away screens as punishment.
Parents should use other forms of punishment unrelated to screens.
Punishments for when children and teens refuse to get off a screen is one area in which experts have conflicting advice. Some studies have found that rewarding or punishing with screen time enhances the appeal of screen time, and as a result can lead to more screen time usage later.
Other experts, like Dr. Wendy Moyal, recommend taking away screens as a punishment if a child does not comply with screen time rules the parent has enforced. If this is the method you want to go with, try to communicate with the child that it is their decision such as “If you do not put away the phone, you lose privileges tomorrow.” By doing this, you are communicating with your child that not following screen time rules will lead to consequences.
Some experts suggest using other forms of punishments unrelated to screens. For example, asking your child to walk the dog before dinner for a week gets your child moving outdoors and away from screens.
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A huge band event is happening next week on Friday, 2/7 – Jazz Cafe!
We are looking forward to carrying on the tradition of hosting a Mardi Gras-themed evening of entertainment, socializing, eating, and fundraising for our entire band program. Music is provided by the Jazz Band students while parents, siblings, and friends hang out in the ACMS Commons. It is not like a normal concert – people are encouraged to chat and move around in a cafe-style setting while enjoying desserts and coffee.
Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $5.00 ($10.00 per family) will get you in the door, a raffle ticket for a VIP concert package (reserved parking and seating at the 3/12 or 6/1 concert), and a bead necklace. Additional raffle tickets are also available at the event OR with pre-purchase – you do not need to be present to win. Buy raffle tickets here
The event runs from 7-8:30pm and all are welcome! All proceeds support the entire band program (sheet music, instruments, equipment, scholarships, etc).
Attached is a flyer – feel free to share with anyone and everyone.
Did you know that if you shop at smile.amazon.com that you can earn money for Athey Creek Middle School PTSA? Just look up Athey Creek Ms PTSA and every time you shop on Amazon simply go to smile.amazon.com. Everything is the same on this website as the regular site, except that you earn money for Athey Creek Middle School.
Hosted By: Athey Creek PTSA & Rosemont Ridge PTO
When: Monday, November 4th, 2019 – (6:30-8:30pm)
Where: Athey Creek Middle School Commons
What is Screenagers?
A new documentary film called “Screenagers,” aimed at understanding the impact of our children’s increased connection to digital screens.. While there is no turning back on the digital age, the filmmakers hope the project can serve as a jumping off point for a much-needed conversation.
“Screenagers” is a personal look at how families are coping with kids and screen time and how being connected to devices is affecting relationships and even child development. The film was directed by Delaney Ruston, a Seattle filmmaker and physician who uses her own experience with her children as the central storyline.
We know it can be stressful going to a new school, learning where your classes are and figuring out how to open your lockers, this is why Athey Creek Middle School has created the “Sneak Peek”.
We know parents have just as many questions such as where to drop off and pick up students, how to get signed up for the Athey Notes newsletter, how to connect with other parents on Facebook, Instagram, Athey Creek’s PTSA, and much more.
We would like your first experience at Athey Creek to feel welcoming and stress free, that is why The Sneak Peek is designed to ease any anxiety or concerns you might have before starting school.
Please consider us as your extended family and come and join us any time from 12pm – 6pm.
The PTSA voted to fund $24,490.90 in teacher grants! The money we raised from the Garage Sale, grants that were not spent last year and other budgeted funds that were not spent allowed us to fund these grants:
Each teacher had to apply for the grant and the PTSA voted on them. Here is what the PTSA voted for:
Remember Kindergarten? How it felt like you stepped on a moving a walkway, they started growing up so
fast? Middle school is faster. You’re only in for three years and in that time the growth spurts alone are
amazing (be prepared to be looking up to make eye contact by 8th grade). They will hit the ground running to cover incredible amounts of curriculum, have new opportunities for enrichment, sports and gain confidence and independence. To help you begin your navigation of Athey Creek, we put together some informational helpful tidbits:
Being connected is KEY to know what’s happening at Athey Creek. First sign in to the West Linn / Wilsonville List Serve https://listserv.wlwv.k12.or.us/self-service/ Make sure you subscribe to
ACMS-Homes. Communication from the school arrives in your inbox every Monday entitled – Athey Notes, it’s usually long but full of useful information.
You can also follow the Athey Creek Middle School PTSA on Facebook, check out our webpage at
http://www.atheycreekptsa.com to read minutes and learn more. If you are not on Facebook you can find us on Instagram – athey_creek_ptsa
To help students gain that needed independence, parents aren’t in the classroom any more. There are still lots of opportunities to help out from 15 min to a few hours, be sure to fill out the volunteer interest form that will come home the first day of school.
PTSA – sign up, we’re a pretty friendly group, you won’t be forced to volunteer if you show up to a meeting, you’ll get to hear the principal update us on the school events and if you find an event you’d like to help in, you just might meet like-minded new friends!
TASA – Teacher and Staff Appreciation, a luncheon put on by the PTSA and volunteers each month.
Turkey Trot – Athey Creek’s fundraiser, students ask for donations and then run an obstacle course in themed costumes. Tons of fun and raises $10- $17K for student services.
Garage Sale – PTSA’s Biggest fundraiser – Drop off donations starting in December for our sale in April, we raise $14- $20K, which go toward TEACHER GRANTS. This benefits all our kids at Athey. Our Garage Sale is Saturday April 27th 8-4pm & Sunday April 28th 9am-1pm 2019
Turning Point – 6th grade only event in September to help meet and bond with friends. Sign up your child & up to volunteer. Great way for you to meet parents of kids from other schools, start a network. A great social/bonding event for kids & parents. See packet mailed this summer for more info.
Dances – we have a Back to School Dance and Winter Dance and a Spring Dance, tickets are generally $5 all money raised goes to pay for 8th grade Graduation party.
Outdoor School – an amazing science program, 4 days, 3 nights, there is a parent meeting beforehand to give you more information. Kids LOVE it and learn quite a lot.
Enrichment – typically in the mornings before school, chess, guest lecturers etc. For afterschool sports that are ran by Athey, there will be an activity bus.
There is a lot of information on the Athey webpage https://www.wlwv.k12.or.us/Domain/8 especially on the calendar use it to mark your home calendars. If you get a chance, try to attend drama productions, robotics competitions, etc.
School Store is open a few times a week (this year it was Mon, Wed, and Fri) selling snacks and school supplies. Volunteer and you get to see your kiddo at lunch and meet their new friends.
Grades are available online, be sure to check into your child’s account. Most homework assignments and project guidelines are posted. Doesn’t hurt to check on binder organization once a month.
Parent Teacher Conferences and Back to School Night – the three times you get to meet your child’s teachers and ask questions – GO, be organized, have questions ready.
Athey Creek PTSA Board Positions
President – Tracy Gilday
Vice President – OPEN
Secretary – Tiffany Santoso
Treasurer – Shana Mesinovic
Membership Coordinator – Lisa Newbore
Volunteer Coordinator – OPEN
Student Store – Kim Jordan & Anne Emerson
TASA (Teacher & Staff Appreciation) – Rachel Stevenson & Heather Anderson
Parent Education – Elaine Morelock
Directory – OPEN
Turning Point – Girls – Amy Olson & Julie Henry
Turning Point – Boys – Tara Smith & Cindy Anderson
Dances – 1. Dee Putnam – 2. OPEN
Spirit Wear – OPEN
8th Grade Celebration – Rachel Stevenson & Laura Greyerbiehl
Decorate Display in front entrance of school – Dee Putnam
Website Coordinator – Sydney Cadwell
Garage Sale – Jennifer Teague
If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Tracy Gilday –email@example.com