Help Kids Balance Their Media Lives

From phones and tablets to streaming movies and YouTube, tech and media are everywhere. Kids love easy access to TV shows, games, and information. Parents and caregivers love that kids can stay in contact while they explore their independence. But it’s easy to overdo it when the phone never stops pinging and the next episode plays automatically. Families can keep media and tech use in check by following a few simple practices.

Check out these 5 tips from Common Sense Media 

Create screen-free times and zones.

Help tweens and teens take breaks from tech by limiting screen time in bedrooms, during study time, or at the dinner table. Consider carving out regular family time when screens are either put away or enjoyed together.

Explore built-in digital well-being tools.

Together with your kids, check out the features on their devices and in their apps that can help them use tech more intentionally. Consider turning off autoplay functions, limiting notifications from certain apps, using settings that turn off devices at a certain time each night, and more.

Model the behavior you want to see.

Tweens and teens learn more from watching adult behavior than listening to lectures. Consider how you use your devices and other media, and make changes if your use doesn’t follow your expectations for your kids.

Help kids identify healthy behaviors.

Ask kids to notice their feelings, both physical and emotional, during screen and non-screen activities. Does their heart rate increase when their phone vibrates? Does their self-esteem dip after viewing a friend’s Instagram feed? Do they feel good when they get positive feedback on a post? Encourage kids to keep the constructive activities and let go of the rest.

Understand how tech companies make money.

Along with your tween and teen, research how digital devices, social media platforms, and apps and games get paid. Do they sell ads? Do they sell kids’ data? Discuss why companies might want kids to spend more time on their platforms and what tricks they use to keep their attention.

*Common Sense Education is a site by teachers, for teachers that helps you find the best educational technology resources and learn the best practices for implementing them in your classroom. Common Sense Education is brought to you by Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading independent non-profit organization dedicated to empowering kids to thrive in a world of media and technology.
found at https://www.commonsense.org/education/family-tips/6-12-media-balance-and-well-being

December 6 Announcements

PLC Bell Schedule

  • Winter Spirit Week is December 9 – 13!  Monday (12/9) is Holiday Hat/Sock Day, Tuesday (12/10) is Holiday Character Day, Wednesday (12/11) in Sweater Weather Day, Thursday (12/12) is Family Photo Day, and Friday (12/13) is Red Out/Green Out Day – Upperclassmen wear Green, Underclassmen wear Red.  Please see a Student Government officer or Mrs. Portie for more information.  Remember that your spirit day attire must be school appropriate.  If you have any questions about your outfits, please see one of our principals for clarification.
  • The Attendance Office is looking for a 1st period Aide for 2nd Only Juniors and Seniors are eligible.  If you are interested please stop by the Attendance Office and speak to Mrs. White
  • The last day in the 7th hour APEX lab for the semester will be Wednesday, December 11. Be sure to come in on Monday or Wednesday for last-minute assignments!
  • Hey all!! Don’t forget today, and running through the rest of the week, the Sophomore class will be collecting coloring books, colored pencils, markers, and crayons for children going through cancer treatment. All donations need to be dropped off in the library. The class who donates the most receives 1 WACKO point. Please see Sully in room 11 if you have any questions. All coloring book proceeds will be collected before school and during lunch the entire week.
  • In February of 2020, Chugiak and Eagle River High will be combining forces and performing the Musical, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers.  Auditions for the Musical are on Friday December 13th after school from 2:30-4:30 in the Chugiak Auditorium.  Please prepare a 30-45 second monologue, as well as a song from a Musical that will showcase your vocal ability.  If you have any other questions, please contact Mrs. Petito!
  • Your 2nd semester schedule is now visible in Q. Requests for elective changes will start today through Jan. 10th. You may fill out a form in front of the library, in House 2 or House 3. Changes will be visible in Q, if the request was accommodated. If you have questions, please see your counselor.
  • The Battle of the Bands is coming January 31.  Student groups are encouraged to compete in this competition.  See Mrs. LaRue in the Library for entry information as soon as possible.
  • If you want to go out for a sport/activity you must get a golden ticket. There is a collection of them on Mrs. Huffer’s door. Go see Mrs. Huffer to be eligible.

December 6 Announcements

Normal Bell Schedule

  • Entries for the Annual Bookmark Contest are due Friday, December 6.  Pickup instructions and deliver entries in the Library.
  • Winter Spirit Week is December 9 – 13!  Monday (12/9) is Holiday Hat/Sock Day, Tuesday (12/10) is Holiday Character Day, Wednesday (12/11) in Sweater Weather Day, Thursday (12/12) is Family Photo Day, and Friday (12/13) is Red Out/Green Out Day – Upperclassmen wear Green, Underclassmen wear Red.  Please see a Student Government officer or Mrs. Portie for more information.  Remember that your spirit day attire must be school appropriate.  If you have any questions about your outfits, please see one of our principals for clarification.
  • In February of 2020, Chugiak and Eagle River High will be combining forces and performing the Musical, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers.  Auditions for the Musical are on Friday December 13th after school from 2:30-4:30 in the Chugiak Auditorium.  Please prepare a 30-45 second monologue, as well as a song from a Musical that will showcase your vocal ability.  If you have any other questions, please contact Mrs. Petito!
  • The Battle of the Bands is coming January 31.  Student groups are encouraged to compete in this competition.  See Mrs. LaRue in the Library for entry information as soon as possible.
  • If you want to go out for a sport/activity you must get a golden ticket. There is a collection of them on Mrs. Huffer’s door. Go see Mrs. Huffer to be eligible.

December 5 Announcements

Normal Bell Schedule

  • The Locker Decorating Competition ends this Thursday, December 5.  Please have your lockers done by 2PM and ready for voting!  Winners will be announced at the Winter Assembly next week!
  • All students and staff are invited to decorate holiday stockings for the  Salvation Army. Christmas music, hot chocolate, as well as supplies will be provided. In the Library after school today.
  • The Choir Concert will be 6pm and 8pm on Thursday.
  • Entries for the Annual Bookmark Contest are due Friday, December 6.  Pickup instructions and deliver entries in the Library.
  • There will be an informational football meeting this Thursday at lunch in the PE room for anyone who wants to play football next season.  Please be there! If you can’t make it talk to Coach Landers.
  • Winter Spirit Week is December 9 – 13!  Monday (12/9) is Holiday Hat/Sock Day, Tuesday (12/10) is Holiday Character Day, Wednesday (12/11) in Sweater Weather Day, Thursday (12/12) is Family Photo Day, and Friday (12/13) is Red Out/Green Out Day – Upperclassmen wear Green, Underclassmen wear Red.  Please see a Student Government officer or Mrs. Portie for more information.  Remember that your spirit day attire must be school appropriate.  If you have any questions about your outfits, please see one of our principals for clarification.
  • In February of 2020, Chugiak and Eagle River High will be combining forces and performing the Musical, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers.  Auditions for the Musical are on Friday December 13th after school from 2:30-4:30 in the Chugiak Auditorium.  Please prepare a 30-45 second monologue, as well as a song from a Musical that will showcase your vocal ability.  If you have any other questions, please contact Mrs. Petito!
  • The Battle of the Bands is coming January 31.  Student groups are encouraged to compete in this competition.  See Mrs. LaRue in the Library for entry information as soon as possible.
  • If you want to go out for a sport/activity you must get a golden ticket. There is a collection of them on Mrs. Huffer’s door. Go see Mrs. Huffer to be eligible.

December 4 Announcements

Normal Bell Schedule

  • The Locker Decorating Competition ends this Thursday, December 5.  Please have your lockers done by 2PM and ready for voting!  Winners will be announced at the Winter Assembly next week!
  • Keyclub invites you to join the festivities. On December 5th, come to the library after school to decorate holiday stockings for the  Salvation Army. Christmas music, hot chocolate, as well as supplies will be provided.
  • The Choir Concert will be 6pm and 8pm on Thursday.
  • Entries for the Annual Bookmark Contest are due Friday, December 6.  Pickup instructions and deliver entries in the Library.
  • There will be an informational football meeting this Thursday at lunch in the PE room for anyone who wants to play football next season.  Please be there! If you can’t make it talk to Coach Landers.
  • Winter Spirit Week is December 9 – 13!  Monday (12/9) is Holiday Hat/Sock Day, Tuesday (12/10) is Holiday Character Day, Wednesday (12/11) in Sweater Weather Day, Thursday (12/12) is Family Photo Day, and Friday (12/13) is Red Out/Green Out Day – Upperclassmen wear Green, Underclassmen wear Red.  Please see a Student Government officer or Mrs. Portie for more information.  Remember that your spirit day attire must be school appropriate.  If you have any questions about your outfits, please see one of our principals for clarification.
  • In February of 2020, Chugiak and Eagle River High will be combining forces and performing the Musical, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers.  Auditions for the Musical are on Friday December 13th after school from 2:30-4:30 in the Chugiak Auditorium.  Please prepare a 30-45 second monologue, as well as a song from a Musical that will showcase your vocal ability.  If you have any other questions, please contact Mrs. Petito!
  • If you want to go out for a sport/activity you must get a golden ticket. There is a collection of them on Mrs. Huffer’s door. Go see Mrs. Huffer to be eligible.

November 27 Announcements

Normal Bell Schedule

  • Need a winter jacket? See Nurse Cat. I have 10 winter jackets in various sizes for students if they need a coat.
  • Seniors! Don’t forget to submit your senior photo and quote. These are due December 2. Email them HERE.
  • Winter is here! We are having a winter-themed locker decorating contest! Top three winners will get a prize at the winter assembly! To be entered into the competition, you MUST sign up at the tiny URL listed on the flyers around the school and in teacher’s classrooms.  Decorations need to be completed by 2PM on December 5th!! Can’t wait to see those lockers Mustangs!
  • Keyclub invites you to join the festivities. On December 5th, come to the library after school to decorate holiday stockings for the  Salvation Army. Christmas music, hot chocolate, as well as supplies will be provided.
  • The annual bookmark contest is back!  See a librarian for information.  Winners will get their bookmarks published by the district.
  • If you want to go out for a sport/activity you must get a golden ticket. There is a collection of them on Mrs. Huffer’s door. Go see Mrs. Huffer to be eligible.

November 26 Announcements

Normal Bell Schedule

  • Midshipman Alex Schuerch of the US Naval Academy will be in the NJROTC classroom on Tuesday, 26 November.  Any students who are interested in attending the Naval Academy or want to learn more about the service academies are welcome to stop by to get more information and ask questions during lunch period.  Pizza will be served.
  • Seniors! Don’t forget to submit your senior photo and quote. These are due December 2. Email them HERE.
  • Winter is here! We are having a winter-themed locker decorating contest! Top three winners will get a prize at the winter assembly! To be entered into the competition, you MUST sign up at the tiny URL listed on the flyers around the school and in teacher’s classrooms.  Decorations need to be completed by 2PM on December 5th!! Can’t wait to see those lockers Mustangs!
  • Keyclub invites you to join the festivities. On December 5th, come to the library after school to decorate holiday stockings for the  Salvation Army. Christmas music, hot chocolate, as well as supplies will be provided.
  • The annual bookmark contest is back!  See a librarian for information.  Winners will get their bookmarks published by the district.
  • If you want to go out for a sport/activity you must get a golden ticket. There is a collection of them on Mrs. Huffer’s door. Go see Mrs. Huffer to be eligible.

November 25 Announcements

PLC Bell Schedule

  • The Library will be closed Monday during Lunch.
  • Midshipman Alex Schuerch of the US Naval Academy will be in the NJROTC classroom on Tuesday, 26 November.  Any students who are interested in attending the Naval Academy or want to learn more about the service academies are welcome to stop by to get more information and ask questions during lunch period.  Pizza will be served.
  • Seniors! Don’t forget to submit your senior photo and quote. These are due December 2. Email them HERE.
  • Winter is here! We are having a winter-themed locker decorating contest! Top three winners will get a prize at the winter assembly! To be entered into the competition, you MUST sign up at the tiny URL listed on the flyers around the school and in teacher’s classrooms.  Decorations need to be completed by 2PM on December 5th!! Can’t wait to see those lockers Mustangs!
  • The annual bookmark contest is back!  See a librarian for information.  Winners will get their bookmarks published by the district.
  • If you want to go out for a sport/activity you must get a golden ticket. There is a collection of them on Mrs. Huffer’s door. Go see Mrs. Huffer to be eligible.