Too much time online

Clarkston High School Principal Gary Kaul starts a discussion with students about use of new technology. Photo by Phil Custodio
Clarkston High School Principal Gary Kaul starts a discussion with students about use of new technology. Photo by Phil Custodio

Spending too much time face down in your cell phone can be a problem for children and adults, and both are needed to solve it, says Amy Metz, president of Clarkston High School PTSA.
The parents group is working with teachers to talk about ways to use technology constructively, Metz said.
“It’s a joint effort arrived at independently – the PTSA has been talking about cell phone use at home, and teachers have formed a cell phone committee because they see kids using them in the classroom,” she said.
To start with, they worked to bring the documentary film “Screenagers” to show to students during the school day, Sept. 19, then parents later in the evening.
The film discussed ways for teachers, parents, and children to keep smart phones and social media under control.
“It’s not a single issue, it’s school and home, working together,” said Metz, whose own household has rules for cell phone use for the kids and adults.
“All cell phones are on the kitchen counter at night,” she said. “In the morning, all four cell phones are there. It works.”