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4 steps to help students develop a healthy media diet

E-School News – Stacey Pusey

“With the proliferation of technology in school and at home, parents are looking for direction on how to keep their kids’ media habits in check. Librarians, who are often at the front lines of media and tech in schools, can provide that crucial guidance. The discussions shouldn’t focus on denying technology, though, said Michelle Cooper, library media specialist at White Oak Independent School District (ISD) in Texas, in the edWebinar “Achieving Media Balance in a Tech-Immersed World.” Instead, librarians can help families learn how to maintain a healthy balance and become good digital citizens.” (more)

How to use social media in the classroom

E-School News – Jon Roepke

“Today’s educators have a love-hate relationship with social media. They recognize that five-year-olds know how to use tablets better than their parents and that many kids have smartphones by the time they are 12. Digital natives live and breathe on social media platforms, sending messages and posting pictures and videos almost constantly. In fact, a recent CNN study on social media and teens found that among the 8th-graders surveyed, the heaviest social media users check their feeds up to 100 times a day.” (more)

Is social media causing childhood depression?

BBC – Jane Wakefield

“Rangan Chatterjee is a GP and says he has seen plenty of evidence of the link between mental ill-health in youngsters and their use of social media. One 16 year-old boy was referred to him after he self-harmed and ended up in A&E. “The first thought was to put him on anti-depressants but I chatted to him and it sounded like his use of social media was having a negative impact on his health.” So Dr Chatterjee suggested a simple solution – the teenager should attempt to wean himself off social media, restricting himself to just an hour before he went to bed. Over the course of a few weeks, he should extend this to two hours at night and two in the morning.” (more)

Exercise caution when posting kids on social media

IOL – Lisa Vaas

“All over the country, proud parents and children are sharing pictures of themselves on their first day at school in their school uniforms either at home, or right outside the school premises. However the Film and Publications Board (FPB) have cautioned parents on the following: * The child’s face is all over the internet on social media, this picture can be used by anyone be it for positive or negative use.” (more)

Ban Facebook Messenger for Kids, urge children’s health advocates

Naked Security – Lisa Vaas

“Social media can be bad for you, admits “yea, we did it anyway” Facebook. Technology glitterati are shunning it like it’s a cyber roach motel with psychological bedbugs. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s made it his yearly personal goal to scrub out hate/abuse/political machination/depression-spawning. So how does Facebook kick off this year of change? …It rolls out Messenger for Kids, aimed at children between the ages of six and 12 who would otherwise be (technically, per Facebook policy) banned from becoming Facebook users.” (more)

3 often overlooked, but completely logical, ways to effectively engage parents

E-School News – Gregory Hart

“Research clearly shows that students perform better academically when schools build positive relationships with their families. That’s why parent engagement is a key part of our strategic plan in Florida’s Hillsborough County Public Schools. Although building a strong connection with a group that isn’t present in school every day can be a challenge, there are strategies to make it easier for both teachers and parents.” (more)