Media Supplements by Grade Level
Kinder - Read-Aloud to your child and have discussions about what you read.
Sing this song with your child about Media balance.
Balance is important For me and you and you Balance helps us stand up straight And keeps us in our shoes But sometimes with technology Balancing’s hard to do Yes, balance is important For me and you and you So gather ’round to hear our song You’ll learn these words are true When you… Look up from your screen when a friend says hi Share your game if they want to try Play outside when the sun is bright Devices go off when you say goodnight It makes your whole self happy When you’re balancing just right Balance is important For me and you and you Your Heart, your Head, your Arms and your Legs Need that balance, too Too much of something Can make you mad or blue So trust your Guts, get on your Feet There’s so much that you can do! When you...Ask before you take a phone Invite a friend if they’re all alone Stick to sites you know online Go outside when the weather is fine It makes your whole self happy When you’re balancing just right Media balance isn’t easy We know that this is true Just think about this balance song It will help you through
First - Read-Aloud to your child and have discussions about what you read.
Sing this song with your child about internet safety.
Pause & Think Online Lyrics by Leigh Hallisey & Common Sense Education Use your head when you’re online Most especially your mind Think about the things you see Ask good questions--that’s the key Use your arms when you’re online To take a break and balance time And leave your tech behind When you find yourself a tree to climb From your head down to your toes, pause, think about it. From your feet up to your nose, pause and think online. Use your gut when you’re online Pay attention to its signs Know when it’s safe to play Make good choices every day Use your legs when you’re online Stand up to bullies who cross the line You can help friends big or small Just lend an ear, and stand up tall From your head down to your toes, pause, think about it. From your feet up to your nose, pause and think online. Use your feet when you’re online, Think about the tracks you leave behind Privacy’s the way to go Don’t share with people you don’t know Use your heart when you’re online Always do what’s right and kind By showing friends respect And being nice on the internet So think with your head! Balance with your arms! Listen to your gut! Stand up with your legs! Make good tracks with your feet! And feel with your heart! Just pause and think online!
Second - Create a list of Device -Free Rules as a family.
Create a list of rules to help your family have device-free moments. Remember, the rules aren't just for you, but for everyone you live with. You can write special rules for certain people. Be the boss. You’re in charge!
Our Family Device-Free Rules
Third through Fifth grade - Start a book club with your family. You can go to any Alameda County library to get a set of books. After each three chapters of the book have a group discussion and discuss the themes and issues that are found in the text.