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This is part 2 of our 2 part interview with the students. In this episode, Josh Ochs talks with high schools students about: how to manage screen time, how to respond to online bullies and why parents need to set a good example to their children.
- Students live to solve problems. Give them problems to solve before taking away their phone
- Parents should try and learn about Snapchat because this is what their kids are doing. Regardless of whether or not they trust their children
- The most important advice I've ever been given in response to bullying on a social media platform and in real life is don't reply to the bully
What are some tips for managing screen time? [21:31]
Students live to solve problems that's why we're at this school. Being able to solve your own problems of cell phone or computer addiction really fits in today. Let kids try and figure out their problems on their own and then parents can step in if need be. –Nate
I feel it's limited based on the student's age. If you have a child who's 13 and up, you could have them solve the problem or at least come to you and start brainstorming with you to figure out how to solve the problem. If you have a seven-year-old kid who's addicted to their cell phone, because from toddler to where they are now they had a device in front of their face constantly, I don't think they are going to have the ability to come up with a solution on their own. In that case, the parent would have to step in and set limits. I'm not saying take their phone away, don't give it back to them at all. Work together with the kid. If children are uncooperative then you have to set limits whether the they like it or not. –Sarah
What do you think about waiting until 8th grade to have a smartphone?
I think middle school would be the best time because for me I developed my self-discipline around that time. As people mature, they start to notice things, like "I need to start doing my homework." My parents don't need to tell me that I need to do my homework. I have to do it on my own. So, I think middle school would be the best time. –Eric
I feel like earlier on would be a better time because it depends on the relationship. If maintaining contact is a problem, phones are given so that students could be in touch with their parents. For cellphones in general, I don't think waiting until later on is always the best. Smartphones can be given to students later on. –Xavier
It depends on the situation. If there is no extraneous circumstances then I see no problem with 14 being the age in which you get a smartphone. If your parents are divorced, or you have to bike to school, you need to be able to get in touch with your parents. You should get a basic phone or something that doesn't allow you to have access to all of the apps. –Sarah
How do you strengthen your bond with your parents around Snapchat? [32:26]
I think it's easier for parents to stay away from Snapchat, avoid trying to learn. I feel like trying to learn the ins and out of Snapchat is a lot harder than trusting your child. –Nate
Parents should try and learn about Snapchat because this is what their kids are doing. Regardless of whether or not you trust your child. Parents are doing their best to look out for their children and part of looking out for their children is knowing what their children are getting into. –Sarah
How should students respond to bullies? [48:02]
A powerful tool built into every single phone, especially with use on Snapchat, is the ability to screenshot. When you screenshot something on Snapchat the other person will get notified. If it keeps happening you have a record of it and you know you've deterred them a little bit from doing this because they fear backlash. –Nate
The most important advice I've ever been given in response to bullying on a social media platform and in real life is don't reply. –Megan
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