Common Sense Media Tip of the Week

Help Your Kids Get Solid Sleep By Putting Those Devices to Bed.
Do you sleep with your phone near your bed? You're not alone. Our research tells us that 26% of parents and 36% of teens wake up to check their phones at least once a night. And younger kids playing Nintendo Switch in their rooms past lights out pose the same problem: Our devices are interfering with our sleep.

As parents, we fight the battle of bedtime because we know sleep is really important to our kids' physical development. And many of us know how much a lack of sleep can negatively affect mental health. So, even if there weren't other concerns around privacy and safety that went along with kids having devices in their bedrooms, protecting their sleeping hours is a good enough reason to stow devices elsewhere or lock them down at night. Try sitting down as a family and taking a team approach: You're all going to charge your devices elsewhere overnight (your sleep is important, too!). If keeping all devices out of the bedroom isn't feasible for some reason, then make sure to lock down the functions that can be disruptive, like using the parental control app with the Switch or Screen Time on an iPhone. So, pull up those covers and shut down those devices to get some solid shut-eye!
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Cathedral School for Boys

Located in San Francisco, CA, Cathedral School for Boys is an independent elementary school for boys in grades K-8. Our Mission is to provide an excellent education through intellectual inquiry and rigor that is centered in the Episcopal tradition and is respectful of and welcoming to people of all religious traditions and beliefs.
1275 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94108   •   Phone: 415.771.6600   •   Fax: 415.771.2547