Today's Newsletter: All I Want For Christmas is My Smartphone Screen

Today's Newsletter: All I Want For Christmas is My Smartphone Screen

T&L Advisor Guest post — Carl Hooker, Director of Instructional Technology, Eanes I.S.D., and author of the Mobile Mindset series: As someone who speaks to parent groups in my own community and around the country, I can tell you there is one bit of advice I give to parents that doesn’t go over too well. When talking about screen-time and sleep cycles, I suggest that families place their devices into a “nest” to charge for the night that is away from their beds. Parents usually nod their heads in agreement until I tell them that they too must model this behavior, at which point they turn into teenagers with comments like, “You mean take away my device at bed time? But I use it to read! I use it for an alarm clock!” This recent study by Common Sense Media shows that there is a tension between what parents say to their kids and what they do. Many parents are concerned about social media use by their kids and 41% of parents actively monitor their kids’ social media accounts. Just like our President-Elect, they have to know that everything they post can be seen and has repercussions. On a positive note, according to the report, 94% believe that technology can help with their child’s education and helps prepare them for 21st Century jobs. In the end, it’s really all about balance….now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go Tweet that!

Carl Hooker has spent the past 20+ years in education as a teacher and administrator focused on the thoughtful integration of technology. He consults for multiple districts across the country and is a frequent speaker at state and national events. In his free time he's an author, DJ, podcast host, Poetry Slammer, and Trivia Night MC. Check out his latest book Ready Set FAIL! Now available for pre-order here: https://mrhook.it/preorder (opens in new tab) Read more at Hooked on Innovation (opens in new tab).