Screen Time in Corona Times with Martine Oglethorpe
We are just about to head into a whole new reality that most of us are completely unprepared for – remote schooling for our kids, while trying to work in a completely new landscape, while also being at home without our normal routines and social outlets.
It’s not unexpected that we are going to be leaning on technology and devices and screen time to manage it all during this time.
Normal rules have probably flown out the window to some degree – I know that they have at my place. Screen time now for a lot of us is our connection to our friends and family and the outside world, and I am extremely conscious that it is how my kids are maintaining friendships and their support networks throughout this time.
I’ve invited Martine Oglethorpe from The Modern Parent to come on the podcast to share some strategies around this, and to just have a chat parent to parent (and for us adults too!) about how to navigate this time.
In this episode, we cover:
Having rules and boundaries, but being flexible, fluid and adaptive
Being safe online
Discernment around content consumption
Managing times for connection
Being realistic about true productivity and expectations
Creating time for essential physical activity
Have some structure and routines but only if that makes your day easier
Daily rituals can also work well to provide that sense of security and normal
Do what works for you
Try not to compare to what everyone else is doing and instead and focus on providing connection, safety and security and maintain your own wellbeing as a priority.
Martine Oglethorpe is an accredited speaker with the Office of the eSafety Commission, has a background in secondary education, a Masters in Counselling and is a mother to 5 boys. Through her personal and professional work with families she recognises the important role technology plays in the social and emotional wellbeing of young people.
Martine is a keynote speaker for parenting and education conferences, presents to parent groups, works regularly with students and provides professional development to teachers. She has a passionate interest in helping families safely navigate the modern world of parenting in a way that offers understanding as well as practical and realistic strategies to empower parents to teach, guide and support their children.
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