Children and young people today are exposed to so many forms of communication that we didn’t experience until adulthood. As a result, children are reading, hearing, and looking at things that they are simply not prepared for, or are spending more time interacting with electronics than is healthy. Families tackle this problem in many different ways and with many different reasons for their decisions.
I recently read an article (http://iheartmontessori.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/tv-electronic-media-unplugging-the-kids/) about the importance of helping children to “unplug” from electronic stimulation, whether it is the television, iPads, video games, or computers. This is a topic that many families have considered and approached in various ways. Please take a moment to grab a copy of an article, published on the iheartmontessori.wordpress.com blog, available in the Gathering Room. The article includes many helpful insights and suggestions for guiding your children into a healthy relationship with electronic educational tools and entertainment.
You will also find several copies of the book Social Sklz:-) in the Trinity Kids Lending Library. This book, written by Faye de Muyshondt, outlines the importance of being respectful, grateful, and kind in all contexts. While these are labeled 'soft skills' in the professional world, they are key to succeeding in life. Muyshondt also addresses the importance of showing integrity when online. I hope it is also a helpful resource to you and your families.