EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene 4J School District held an information session for parents about their children and the time they spend on screens.
University of Oregon professor Dr. Jennifer Doty spoke about how technology at home should be treated, emphasizing working with kids rather than placing hard restrictions.
She encouraged parents to take part in technology with their kids, which included sharing memes with them.
Parents were also asked to discuss with each other in groups about what has worked for them at home.
During the information session, Doty says that nowadays the previous recommendation of two hours is not realistic.
Monroe Middle School counselor Carrie Tilson was there and spoke to us about how it comes down to trust.
"I think it's really important that we take time to slow down and really process the 'why' behind having the technology. If we're using it to the make connections with people that we know in person, that's fantastic. If we're using it to put out to the world who we are and we're getting that feedback from the world that we're not ready to receive, whether it's positive or negative, it can be a scary place for kids. And our students are struggling with what to do next."
Doty touches on the complex social interactions that can happen online and not shying away from the use of technology.
In response to a parent, Doty mentioned that children can have phones but not necessarily social media - and that they don't have to be completely cut off.
Also discussed were the risks of online social interaction and building trust so that children can report dangerous online activity to parents.
Another information session will be held in Spanish next Monday, April 17, at Camino del Rio Elementary School from 6-8 p.m.
It's part of a 4J series of community events addressing mental health and suicide prevention for youths.