Ways to Teach Media Balance with #DeviceFreeDinner

#DeviceFreeDinner sends a simple but powerful message home to students and families: Part of being a good digital citizen is knowing when to take a break from media and technology to spend time with the people we love.

Everything from better grades to a healthier lifestyle has been credited to eating together as a family. But phones at the table can block those benefits. Though the majority of parents agree that devices aren’t welcome at the dinner table, a 2016 Common Sense poll found that phones and other media are often present anyway.

The connection between classroom lessons and home life is essential when it comes to supporting students in learning how to have a healthy relationship with the media. Whether families are reinforcing the skills, or students are teaching the adults in their lives how to have media balance themselves, #DeviceFreeDinner can be a fun way to engage your students’ families in digital citizenship.

Check out this collection of tools and activities to get started with #DeviceFreeDinners

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And view this sweet message from our furry friends at Sesame Street (great for students of any age)!