Upper School Tech Talk Notes

May 12, 2017

On May 5, 2017,  San Francisco Day School hosted a talk for families with students in grades 4-8.  The talk featured a panel of SF Day 7th and 8th-grade students.  The students were incredibly insightful and gave parents a view into their digital lives.  The panel was moderated by Dana Blum of Common Sense Media.

Please click the link for a recording of the meeting: https://vimeo.com/sfday/2017-0505-tech-talk

(If you need the password, please email mphillips@sfds.net).


Below are links to various resources shared prior to and during the meeting.

Information about tech-heavy habits

How to talk with youth about tech usage

Information about the age-appropriateness of media

Guidance in how to speak with your young person about the TV show “13 Reasons.”  Dana pointed out that it's important to remember that the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why is not appropriate for kids under 16 and a parent should co-view. Here is the video review and the written review. If you decide to co-view, we recommend reading this blog post to help frame questions to discuss after watching.

Tips for healthy tech and media usage at home:

  • Set simple and consistent boundaries for device usage (e.g. Internet off at 8:00 p.m., devices stored outside of the bedroom).  Dana pointed out that the best way to begin the conversation about devices in your home is with Common Sense Media’s Family Media Agreement and our Device Contract. Remember, the Device Contract will change each year as your kids mature developmentally and develop more self-control.
  • Outline consequences for pushing boundaries ahead of time (i.e., “If you are on your iPad on social media when you say you are doing homework, then you will lose a specific weekend privilege.”)
  • Know what your young person is watching.
  • Talk with your young person about what they are watching, reading, and seeing online.
  • If your preteen has posted inappropriate content online, use this as a valuable learning moment to support taking responsibility for actions and learning the difference between intent and impact.