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The MCCPTA Safe Technology Subcommittee would like to share the following recommendations for using technology at school and at home.

For Students at School:

Consider placing Chromebooks/laptops on desks and tables rather than in laps;

- Don’t forget to shut down and log off of Chromebooks/laptops when moving from classroom to classroom;
- Consider turning off cell phones and keeping them in backpacks or lockers off when not in use;
- If necessary, take eye breaks, 1-to 2 minutes in length, approximately every 15 minutes;
Attend to task! Avoid distractions such as reading email, playing games, or browsing the Internet;
Engage in face-to-face socialization, especially at free time, lunch, and recess;
Always use the Internet and devices for educational purposes in accordance with MCPS’s responsible use policies;
Use resources that do not infringe on another’s copyright or trademark rights.


Notice: Response on the Damascus HS incident - HERE

Information and updates from the office of the Chief Technology Officer

For Students at Home:
- “Disconnect” at least one hour before bedtime.  This includes all forms of media and requires online-based homework to be done well in advance of bedtime;
- Keep electronic devices out of bedrooms for a sounder sleep. 

For Teachers:
- Encourage students, when appropriate, to customize their device screens using tools such as ScreenShader designed to reduce potential eye strain and fatigue
- Consider providing students with options for good behavior that include physical activity and social interaction rather than “device time”;
- When requested, provide paper alternatives for take-home class work.



The National Institutes of Health announced in early December 2018 that enrollment for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study is now complete and, in early 2019, scientists will have access to baseline data from all ABCD Study participants.

Already, investigators are finding concerning effects of screen use on children.  A January 2019 study by ABCD investigators shows associations between differing amounts and kinds of screen time (e.g., video games vs. social media) and different structural brain characteristics, psychological traits, and cognitive function.

Understanding the Role of Technology Interventions in the Classroom

Review Essay from MCCPTA Safe Technology Subcommittee



Watch: Groundbreaking Study Examines Effects of Screen Time on Kids ​

Digital Safety at School and at Home

​Dr. Assya Pascalev &

Lisa Cline, co-chairs​SafeTech@mccpta.org​