I read @edaigle’s post on Google+ about social media, and this started a very generative conversation – one that I hope keeps going! – that I am now taking back to my the hallways and offices on my own school. It centers around Rousseau Lake College’s Social Media policy. Rousseau is a smaller school than mine, with a more pronounced emphasis on boarding culture. I say this only to highlight the tension that I feel between the role of parents and the role of in loco parentis.
What follows is the direct correspondence between Eric and I. Enjoy!
On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 6:16 AM, Eric Daigle <eric.daigle@
Thanks for being my biggest fan!
Our new headmaster, who you met, Robert Carreau, wanted to send a bold message to the community. We had been reporting to him how difficult it had been to involve our boarding students in weekend activities because they either always choose the easiest options or showed up and were on their phones the whole time. That plus the rampant gaming across the school at all times of the night and day and we felt enough was enough.
In order for us to truly stand behind the value proposition of an outdoor education school, we thought we’d make a blanket rule regarding electronics on Saturday afternoons. The students didn’t choose the time, we did. We felt Saturday afternoons would not be as impactful to study and this would get the students outside more (which it has) and help them prioritize their time more (which it has). Employees who are working on the weekends are also supposed to recognize the time out. Day students are encouraged to do so at home. Our dining hall is also a digital free zone.
One weekend when I was on duty, I ended up having to abscond a dozen laptops to lock them up. The students moaned and groaned, of course, but then a funny thing happened. One group of boys went for a walk to the store together. Another group of boys started playing cards. Yet another group of boys sat in the common room and talked about memories of Mexico. The final little boy went wee wee wee all the way home!
On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 7:21 AM, Garth Nichols <email@example.com> wrote:
Amazing! Thanks for the info’ – we are engaged in a similar challenge, but with the big thrust is coming from our DAY school parents who want us to limit the screen time during the day, and block out certain websites (social media). We are trying to find examples and strategies.
What I am struck by most of all is the blunt measures that ppl are willing to take and enact ON students, as opposed to engaging them in the discussion. I totally agree that these steps are necessary, but I guess I’m hoping it’s something we do with students and not to students.
On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 7:47 AM, Eric Daigle <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Rosseau Lake College
On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 8:09 AM,Garth Nichols <email@example.com> wrote:
“Should We Limit ‘Screen Time’ in School?” by Daniel Scoggin and Tom Vander Ark in Education Next, Winter 2018 (Vol. 18, 31, p. 54-63), http://bit.ly/2gz4c9d
On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 11:28 AM, Eric Daigle <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Thanks for sharing. Great article.
On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 1:15 PM, Garth Nichols <email@example.com> wrote:
You are crazy!
Rosseau Lake College