At Vivvi, we commit significant resources to parent education. In addition, to daily communication, parent-teacher conferences (or “celebrations” as we call them), and head of school coffees, all parents have access to educational workshops. Topics for these sessions, during lunch and in the evenings, range from salient everyday topics such as potty training, positive discipline, and nutrition, to more overarching themes, such as financial planning and professional networking. Our parents work in partnership with us to ensure that our sessions are aligned to our community needs.
Even before school opens, we have been hosting free workshops for the community. This past Thursday was our second in a series on “How to Manage Screen Time.” Hosted by our Head of School, Lynne Mueller, the session shared the latest research on screen time and active play, statistics on how much screen time is typical, and recommendations for how to appropriately introduce and curb screen time for young children. Here are some highlights:
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:
NO SCREEN TIME for children under the age of 2.
Less than 2 hours a day for children 2 and older .
Despite these recommendations, TV viewing among children is at an eight-year high with:
29% of babies watching television for an average of 90 minutes daily.
Children ages 2-5 spending 32 hours a week in front of a TV.
Not having children watch tv in the morning before school.
Limiting television “white noise” while children are playing.
If you have chores or errands to run while the children are home, you can consider:
Constructing plays spaces without screens. Try not to make the TV the center of any room in your home.
Coordinating play dates.
Having the children help with chores or cooking. Children love to do both!
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