Updated: Jul 8, 2021
The book by Andre is now available in Story Walk. Each poster has various activities for differing age groups. You can read some of the background information below:
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
Page 3 - As symbol of the Canadian wilderness, the Grizzly bear is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Currently, of the 56 Grizzly bear population units in British Columbia, 9 are classified as threatened. Populations have been drastically reduced by hunting, logging, development and mining. (www.bearsmart.com)
Page 6 - Video games and social media are designed with a reward structure that's completely unpredictable. The tension of knowing you might score (or kill a warlock, or get a ‘like’), but not knowing exactly when, keeps you in the game. "It's exactly the same reward structure as a slot machine," says Dr. Greenfield, a gaming psychology researcher.
Page 6- Video games and social media are designed with a reward structure that's completely unpredictable. The tension of knowing you might score (or kill a warlock, or get a ‘like’), but not knowing exactly when, keeps you in the game. "It's exactly the same reward structure as a slot machine," says Dr. Greenfield, a gaming psychology researcher.
Page 7 - Checking and scrolling through social media has become an increasingly popular activity over the last decade. Although the majority of peoples’ use of social media is non-problematic, there is a small percentage of users that become addicted to social networking sites and engage in excessive or compulsive use. (Addictioncenter.com)
Page 8 - “When a gambler feels favoured by luck, dopamine is released,” says Natasha Schüll, a professor at New York University and author of Addiction By Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas. This is the secret to Facebook’s era-defining success: we compulsively check the site because we never know when the delicious ting of social affirmation may sound.
“Has dopamine got us hooked on tech?” by Simon Parkin, March 4th, 2018. (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/mar/04/has-dopamine-got-us-hooked-on-tech-facebook-apps-addiction)
Page 9 - Sharing pictures of our kids with friends and family is one of the most popular uses of social media and has become an everyday way to stay in touch. But it's worth knowing the facts before posting pictures. First, posting photos of your kids creates a digital footprint -- a kind of electronic paper trail -- that forms their identities in a world they haven't chosen to enter. Second, once you post a photo online, you lose control over it. (www.commonsensemedia.org)
Page 10 - Some video games are very social, but they are often a solitary activity. Eating meals together as a family provides valuable opportunity for communication and connection. A scheduled meal together helps lift children from their isolated bubbles and invites them to engage with other members of the family.
Page 11 - Common Sense Media advises parents to talk about violence because “Violence is everywhere: in video games, movies, books, music videos, and cartoons, on the nightly news and the Web, and even in commercials. Talking about media violence helps to manage its impact on your kid. Help your kids express their feelings; Help your kids tap into feelings of empathy; Remind them that real violence isn't a joke; Teach positive conflict resolution; Explain consequences.
Page 12 - In a world of instant gratification and instant access to just about everything, self-control is really important -- and can be really challenging. You can use media to help strengthen kids' self-control by setting appropriate media limits (with their input), finding media that helps kids organize their schedules and sharpen their focus, watching shows that promote the value of self-control, and demonstrate the consequences of having no self-control. (www.ptaourchildren.org)
Page 13 - Gaming can be a fun activity as long as we maintain balance. Prolonged gaming sessions can cause stress to accumulate in the body. Breaks are periods of time devoted to rest and recovery that are essential for players looking to achieve healthy, sustainable peak performance.
When to take breaks
Aim to take breaks every 50 to 90 minutes of gaming.
Breaks should be at least five minutes long, but 15 to 20 minutes is ideal.
If you’re experiencing a lot of stress while gaming, then the break should be longer.
Page 16 - Scientific research makes clear that sleep is essential at any age. Sleep powers the mind, restores the body, and fortifies virtually every system in the body. The National Sleep Foundation advises that healthy adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night; Babies, young children, and teens need even more sleep to enable their growth and development. People over 65 should also get 7 to 8 hours per night.
Page 17 - According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, media should work for you & work within your family values & parenting style. When media is used thoughtfully & appropriately, media can enhance daily life. But when used inappropriately or without thought, media can displace many important activities such as face-to-face interaction, family-time, outdoor-play, exercise, unplugged downtime & sleep. (healthychildren.org)