Technology in the times of coronavirus
As we adjust to new routines in quarantine, people are turning to technology more than ever. Screen time has increased for most of us due to schools closing, jobs going remote, and classes moving online. For parents, this drastic change has left them grappling with how to deal with their children and technology.
According to Caroline, Knorr, a senior parenting editor at Common Sense Media, “While parents are trying to figure out how to run the household under new conditions, it’s fine to allow more screen time than usual.” This calming message on media and tech use is exactly what we all need to hear right now!
Since we are all getting extra screen time, why not use technology to communicate with children about how they’re doing, too? Here are three simple ways you can use technology to check-in:
check in with nature to connect with your Family & Yourself!
Checking In - What's your weather?
How often have you asked your child or student how he or she is doing and can’t get more than “fine” out of them?
Now that you have a full house at home or are supporting your students in their homes, you want to check in with your child but it's hard when you can't get a real response out of them! Your instinct is right, though - it's more important than ever to check in with your children/students. So much has changed for them in a short amount of time and it’s important to normalize communication of their feelings. Once they are able to recognize how they are feeling, the conversation can open up to how to manage those feelings.
Through our partnership with Play for Peace, we are bringing you a series of fun, engaging, connecting activities!
Our first activities will address just this! We're sharing five fun and unique ways to “check in” with your children to give them new ways to express themselves—and help you know what is really going on with them! Once you get the hang of it, share with us the creative check ins you and YOUR child create together!