Digital dangers and fears: Grand Auch offers practical guidance for children and their parents

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The Grand Auch has released a booklet to help families better manage screens on a daily basis. Among games, advice and information, this guide aims to give keys and food for thought to young and old, in the face of digital technology.

“How much time do you spend in front of a screen every day? In front of the host, a CM2 class from the Preignan school presented more or less credible figures. “25 minutes”, “2 hours”, “10 hours”… These screens that constantly pass within their reach during the day are often a source of conflict with parents or unknown risks for young and old.

Julien Agostini, from the Youth Education department of Grand Auch, for 9-17 year olds, presents the different parts of a large, very colorful booklet, in front of a very young and very attentive audience. It must be said that they participated extensively in its creation.

The keys to digital

“With the support of the Caf e Canopé network, and Infos Jeunes Auch, we wanted to support our young people in the use of the digital tool”, explains Bernard Pensivy, president of the Agglo. Hence the idea of ​​a small easy-to-follow guide for the whole family. »

The pupils of Preignan, like those of Nougaroulet and Auch (Saint-Exupéry), as well as the parents of the pupils, worked on the original creation of this booklet, with the various services and partners. In about twenty pages the great themes of the digital wave are addressed, for children… and parents, sometimes overwhelmed by the speed of change. Entitled “My family, screens and me”, it should allow for a discussion between children and adults, but also give parents keys to understanding.

Digital technology, which has become omnipresent, “the risk of its intensive use for our children is a real source of concern for education and health professionals, and obviously for families”.

Help families

“And what are you looking at on the phone?” “Asked by the presenter of this presentation, the little schoolgirl does not hesitate: cartoons, and even Tik Tok. Like 41% of 8-11 year olds in France connected to at least one social network. How to reduce screen time? What are the tips to find a balance between online and offline activities? Or to limit home use of the laptop? Which phone to buy for a child?

Play time, type of game, understanding social networks and the challenges of the word “free”, so many topics are covered here in a very accessible way. The guide also aims to raise awareness of issues not always considered, such as access to screens for the little ones, which can have serious, but also very beneficial consequences.

The goal is to provide practical elements that answer the questions of many adults, fueled by information capable of leading to debates between parents and connected children. “You have to be a team, with your parents,” insists the facilitator. If they are young, young digital users are aware of the risks. Their responses to the mention of “bad encounters on social networks” instead show an early awareness for some. Because the purpose of this guide is not to deprive children of laptops or remove access to TV or the Internet. “

We often talk about the dangers of digital technology, but you also need to master this tool, says Bernard Pensivy. It becomes inevitable. Digital requires education, because it’s not the tool that dictates its rules, but whoever uses it. »

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