04 Aug 2017

#DeviceFreeDinner

Welcome back to Term 3. 

I hope that everyone had an enjoyable time during the break and enjoyed the incredible weather we experienced. In eLearning we are excited about Term 3 and what it brings for the boys and teachers at Lindfield. A big focus will be towards Exhibition and how the boys can use technology to guide them through their inquiry.

During the holidays, I spent a lot of quality time with my wife and our little baby George. During the three weeks we went to a lot of cafes and tried to contain a baby on the move. We are well aware that we wanted this to happen but now wish she would just sit still for us every now and then. While out and about we noticed the amount of families that were at cafes or restaurants. On one occasion a family was sitting at a beautiful park cafe and were all completely engrossed in technology. There was not a single conversation had between anyone a part from the polite thank you to the wait staff. This got me thinking about families and how we are often distracted by our devices. How can we ensure that when spending time with our children we are present and engaged in conversation with them and not our phones?

#DeviceFreeDinner is a concept that has been around for a few years now and it is one that promotes families dropping their devices and engaging with each other over dinner. The website www.commonsensemedia.org has a large collection of resources to help aid a device free dinner. It offers conversation starters, video prompts and also resources to aid a healthy media diet. 

The resources offer insights into the benefits of family conversation at meal times. The research states that;

–      Family mealtime can contribute to greater academic success.

–      Family mealtime is linked to fewer behaviour problems.

–      Families who share mealtimes at least three times a week are more likely to eat healthy.

www.commonsensemedia.org

At home this term I am aiming to put some of these into play and have a device free dinner every night. If you have any further questions about this, please do not hesitate in contacting me or popping in to see me at school. 

Tony Cross – eLearning – Wyvern House and Lindfield Preparatory School

Newington

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