Digital Health & Wellness
Join other Minnetonka parents for this follow up panel discussion about the LIKE Documentary and the impact of social media and technology on our lives. Topics will include setting family rules/guidelines, parent/child technology contracts, smartphones, social media, streaming services, educational vs. entertainment screen time, and video gaming. Engage in small group discussion about ways to support healthy technology use, include kids in the conversation and successfully implement changes. Panelists will share tips and ideas to help and answer questions. Please RSVP for March 12 here.
If you missed seeing the LIKE documentary when it was shown in November or January, consider watching Max Stossel's 45 minute recorded student assembly and/or 60 minute parent presentation here. He's the star/narrator of the LIKE film and the Head of Education for the Center for Humane Technology. It's almost the identical content, just not professionally produced like the documentary which included interviews and graphics, etc. You can also watch a 20 minute talk about managing screen time and setting family guidelines around technology at home given by Dave Eisenmann, Director of Instructional Technology & Media Services. This video is nearly identical to the presentation he gave after each LIKE screening for Minnetonka parents.
Minnetonka students in grades 6-12 saw this documentary during school this year; grades 7, 8 and 10 viewed it in November, and grades 6, 9, 11 and 12 viewed it in February. The hope is that seeing the film helped spark informed conversations about social media use and help guide everyone toward a healthy relationship with social media, personal technology, and entertainment screen time.
Here is the handout that accompanied the film, Tips for Managing Social Media Use as well as numerous tips and resources below. Thanks for your help discussing these topics with your students and family!
Maintaining a Healthy Balance with Technology
Whether you work directly with students or you have children/grandchildren, we all interact with technology that is changing how we learn and communicate on a daily basis. We play an important role in helping students learn to manage their own use of technology independently and appropriately as we learn to do this ourselves. Digital Health and Wellness is an important discussion to revisit frequently with children from elementary school through high school. Digital Health and Wellness is an important discussion to revisit frequently with children from elementary school through high school.
In accordance with the District’s Electronic Technologies Acceptable Use Policy (#524), outside of school, parents bear responsibility for the same guidance of internet use as they exercise with information sources such as television, telephones, radio, movies and other possibly offensive media. Parents are responsible for monitoring their student’s use of the District’s educational technologies, including school-issued email accounts and the internet if the student is accessing the District’s electronic technologies from home or through other remote location(s).
Mathew Meyers, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Dave Eisenmann, Director of Instructional Technology and Media Services for Minnetonka Public Schools, provide tips and ideas for maintaining an open dialog about technology in your home and understanding the significant role you play in helping youth be responsible and safe in today’s high-tech world.
- Common Sense Media has great reviews of movies, music, apps, video games, and more. Sign up for their weekly newsletter to stay in the loop of the latest teen tech trends.
- Top 10 Tips for Tech Healthy Kids- Dave Eisenmann, Director of Instructional Technology & Media Services
- Tips for Managing Social Media Use (from LIKE Documentary)
- Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online This guide published by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers parents practical, developmental targeted tips to guide their children in navigating the online world.
- Well-Being Resources The Well-Being website give an overview of student well-being and outline our school processes for accessing supports within the district and from the wide variety of community agencies out there which can provide additional supports.
Submit questions and feedback online and receive a response within one business day through the Family Technology Helpdesk.