Attached is an infographic from one of the iSchool professors, Rebekah Willett. She is part of a research project that put this together for families. Feel free to share it widely!
TRY A SCHEDULE!
Consider setting a schedule that helps meet your family's changing needs. Having a schedule that includes tech time as well as time away from technology for activities such as playing board games, doing creative projects, reading, chatting, and finding ways to be physically active may help families balance their new "home together" days.
EVERY FAMILY & EVERY CHILD IS DIFFERENT!
Keep in mind that every family and every child is different. Try not to compare your family’s use to other families’ media use. Focus on making decisions that are appropriate for your family.
RESIST THE GUILT TRIP!
There are many reasons parents and caregivers might feel guilty about parenting – additional tech time during a pandemic should not be one of them!
Check your local public library website for access to free online materials such as e-books, audio books, music/movie streaming, and news sources, also look for programs such as virtual story times. Don't have a library card? Many libraries offer online registration. In addition, check out Common Sense Media (www.commonsensemedia.org). Professionals and parents/caregivers have found this site to be a useful go to source. It’s a comprehensive and credible site that includes reviews of movies, TV shows, books, apps and games as well as information about children and tech trends. There is a COVID-19 section with advice for parents/caregivers and suggestions for free, high-quality online learning resources.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant #LG-96-17-0220-17, Navigating Screens: Libraries as Community Hubs for Teaching Positive Screen Media Practices, navigatingscreens.wordpress.com.
A project of the University of Wisconsin, Drexel University, and the University of Oklahoma, the research involved interviews with 51 parents and 24 professionals from three U.S. states. To develop this infographic, the research team considered its findings in the context of family media use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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