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Digital media overuse and video game addiction are at epidemic levels in current culture. The effects of these behavioral patterns can become destructive, especially for children. Symptoms such as poor sleep and eating patterns, social withdrawal, family conflict, depression and anxiety, and failure to mature can result.
In response, Valley View School has started a pilot project for graduating students designed to prepare them to reintegrate into the world of digital media in a healthy manner. Two and half months before graduation, prospective graduates are moved into a separate dorm where they are given more choices, more responsibilities and intensive digital media education.
Access to digital media is gradually reintroduced with careful monitoring and regular community groups to discuss screen behavior. In addition, all graduates undergo a targeted psycho-educational program focusing on cyber usage, internet safety, appropriate social media use, video game moderation, and the impact of one's digital footprint. Integrating the immediate experience of greater media accessibility with real-time monitoring and discussion affords a meaningful experience. Data will be recorded to fine tune the program for subsequent years.
It is expected that this transitional experience will help inoculate graduates against the excesses of the current digital culture and provide a smoother handoff to their next school.
About Valley View School
Valley View School, founded in 1970, is a private therapeutic boarding school serving boys in grades 6-12. Our non-profit 501(c)(3) school is located in the central Massachusetts town of North Brookfield. The Valley View Program consists of a comprehensive blend of Therapy, Academics, Athletics, Arts and Activities challenging our students emotionally, intellectually and physically. The boys learn self-control and anger management, social skills in order to create and cultivate relationships with peers and adults, while developing compassion, empathy and respect for others and to realize their true potential.