Those in our community who frequent the digital world may have discovered our new website. Several months in the making, the fresh [and we hope intuitive] new look will provide easier and clearer access to information for our College community but more particularly the site has been designed to introduce prospective families to our College.
Integral to this has been a conversation about how we communicate and the best and most appropriate platform on which to do this. This process has been a new learning journey for me – I now write a ‘blog’ instead of a Directions piece.
Regardless of the platform and the process for communication, I am ever mindful that we must always ‘keep our eyes on the ball’ – that is our students, their learning and their wellbeing.
In a rapidly changing world that thrives on ‘fake news’, having a 24/7 connection and the need for instant gratification, it can take quite a concerted effort to remain focused and not distracted on any task at hand.
The American Psychology Association recently included a section on the impact of digital device use on parenting in a report on stress among American adults.
- Almost half of parents (45 per cent) reported that they feel disconnected from their families even when they are together, because of technology.
- While 72 per cent of parents somewhat or strongly agreed that they model a healthy relationship with technology for their children, 58 per cent reported that they feel like they are attached to their phone or tablet.
- While 94 per cent of parents reported that they take at least one action to manage their child’s technology usage during the school year, such as not allowing cell phones at the dinner table (32 per cent) or limiting screen time before bed (32 per cent), almost half (48 per cent) reported that regulating their child’s screen time is a constant battle, and more than half of parents (58 per cent) reported feeling like their child is attached to their phone or tablet.
- More than half of parents (58 per cent) reported that they worry about the influence of social media on their child’s physical and mental health.
- Parents of teenage girls are significantly more likely to report that they worry about the influence of social media on their child’s physical and mental health (69 per cent, compared to 39 per cent of parents of teenage boys).
So by all means, enjoy the new website, the wonderful news, outstanding achievements and happenings of this great College, but these sobering statistics remind us of the importance of making time to talk [face to face] to your child/ren about their learning, your family, about how they are going, and involve yourself [if/when possible] in College, community and sporting events.
As a College, despite all the advances in technology, we continue to be committed to building quality learning opportunities through relationships. This includes our commitment to offering a wide variety of SACE and VET offerings face to face, rather than via “open access” or “online” courses. Our classes, from Reception to Year 12, are founded upon expert teaching, ongoing and personalised support, and a strong preference for staff being a real, personal presence, always on hand for students.
Important upcoming opportunities include:
Online Safety Seminar – Carly Ryan Foundation – Wednesday 9 August More info.
Parent Connect – Monday 14 August [Victor Harbor Campus Hub] More info.
SALA Art Show – Saturday 26 August & Sunday 27 August [Senior School Building] More Info.
Cocktail Party – Saturday 26 August More Info.
Mr Don Grimmett