Dear Parents,

On behalf of myself and all the staff at St Patricks BNS I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for your encouraging and supportive feedback on our “Tech Free Thursday” initiative. It’s wonderful that this has been so warmly embraced by all the families in the school. For our part we are delighted to report that we noticed a significant difference in the boys last Friday. They were well rested, alert, relaxed and in great form. Their overall energy was better, and they enjoyed sharing their positive experiences of time spent playing outside with friends and neighbours, spending time in conversation with their parents and siblings and even time spent helping with the dishes and other small household duties.

We also appreciate the honest feedback of many parents that found this new practice challenging and even difficult. As parent’s ourselves we fully acknowledge the genuine trials and issues faced when trying to manage and balance the time spent on technology, social media and gaming especially with the older boys and teenagers. Please be assured that we are committed to building on this new initiative and we are here to help and support you and your family.

It is important to remember that the society that our children are growing up in now is so different than the one we grew up in, it’s a steep learning curve for everyone and its mind-blowing how fast technology and social media are evolving and affecting every aspect of our lives. The internet is a wonderful invention for all, it allows us Realtime global communication with our loved ones, provides a platform to access information and research and expands our knowledge of the wider world and society and many of the games are educational and help improve learning outcomes for children. It is our hope that with continued cooperation and mutual support between the school and parents we will be able keep our kids safe and happy while using the internet and technology.

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