JCMS Parent Newsletter

November 16-20

JCMS General News

  • Thanksgiving Break - Wednesday November 25th - November 27th is Thanksgiving Break. There will be no school during this time.

  • Zach Ferguson Fundraiser - Please support your former classmate, Zach Ferguson, who passed away 2 weeks ago. Wrist bands will be sold for $2.00 in the JCMS Bookstore and in the cafeteria during lunches. Please keep the memory of Zach alive by supporting this fundraiser. All proceeds will go to Zach's funeral expenses.

  • Student Christian Fellowship - will meet on 11/10, 11/24 and 12/8 from 3:15- 4:30 for any student interested.

  • 7th Grade Math Tutoring - Struggling in math? Mrs. Ballenger will be available for tutoring and extra help every Thursday until 4:00pm.

  • Box Tops for Education - We are still collecting these!!!! Have your student turn them into their homeroom teacher. Each year the school receives a check for $500-700 from this program which funds many of the activities we do for students.

The Truth About Kids and Tech -A new study reveals some surprises about kids and technology

NOVEMBER 04, 2015

By Heather Jones and Belinda Luscombe for TIME


It should come as no surprise that kids are spending a lot of time in front of screens. According to a new study, tweens from 8 to 12 years of age spend an average of four-and-a-half hours each day watching TV or using a digital device. For teens 13 to 18, the average is six-and-a-half hours. But those numbers hide a bigger, more complex picture.

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit group focused on helping children, parents and teachers better understand media and technology, conducted the study. It looked at a wide range of media-related activities, from old methods like reading and listening to the radio, to new favorites like using social media and video chatting. More than 2,600 kids from around the country were surveyed. Here are some truths—and some myths—that the study revealed:

Truth 1: Some teens spend too much time looking at screens.

One in five tweens uses more than six hours of screen media each day, and 18% of teens are looking at their screens for more than 10 hours a day. Often they’re doubling up on screens, watching television on one while chatting with friends on another.

Myth 1: This is the end of reading.

While the average time young people spend reading, either in print or on a screen, is only 30 minutes per day, kids who took the survey say reading is one of their favorite activities.

Truth 2: Boys prefer video games; girls prefer social media.

Among tween boys, 71% enjoy playing video games, twice as many as tween girls. And while more than 25% of teen boys list playing video games as their favorite media activity, only 2% of teen girls do. Teen girls, meanwhile, spend about 40 minutes more each day on social media than boys do.

Myth 2: TV and music have been muscled out.

For tweens, TV is still the top media activity. They enjoy it the most and watch it every day. In fact, 47% of tweens have television sets in their bedrooms. For teens, while 57% have TV sets in their rooms, music is the reigning form of entertainment. However, only about a third listen to music on the radio. Most teens listen to it on their smartphones.

Truth 3: Gamers don’t get out as much as kids who don’t play video games.

Kids report spending about an hour each day being active. For gamers, that average drops to 47 minutes, the lowest for any kind of media consumer. Social media users are the most active, spending one hour and 13 minutes per day doing some form of physical activity.

Myth 3: The Digital Revolution is making young people more creative than ever.

So far, kids are too busy consuming to be doing much producing. Tweens spend an average of five minutes and teens nine minutes per day making something with all their digital tools, whether it’s art, music, or writing.

In a statement, Common Sense Media chief executive officer James P. Steyer said that study “provides parents, educators and the media industry with an excellent overview of what kids are doing today and how we can make the most of the media and technology in their lives."

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