Parents worry kids have too much screen time amid virtual learning, experts weigh in

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Experts say in this new age of virtual and hybrid learning many kids are exposed to more technology.

For Denise Bruno’s family, virtual learning hasn’t been the best experience. She says her 13-year-old nephew was using his school computer to chat with strangers when he was supposed to be doing school work.

“I said well how old is that person, [he said] 13,” Bruno said. “I was like ok well how do you know that they’re 13? How do you know it’s a boy, how do you know it’s a girl? These kids don’t understand that I can be the one telling them that and I’m 35. “

Now she’s constantly worried about what her kids do online. She quit her job to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again.

“These kids they trust everything that goes on that computer,” Bruno said. “I think the schools should be able to find a way to restrict them a lot better.”

David Leblanc says he’s monitoring his daughter’s online activities and urges all parents to do the same.

“All of these predators, most of them just want an easy target,” Leblanc said. “They want someone that’s not going to talk to mommy and daddy and tell them what they talked about or what pictures they took.”

Dr. Stephen Sanches is a pediatrician at Baton Rouge Clinic. He says the best thing for parents to do is to talk to their children about the dangers of the internet and to never leave them unattended.

“I like to tell parents to approach the internet world like you would coach your kids through the real world,” Dr. Sanches said. “[Tell your kids] there’s going to be people out there that can be bad and they’re a lot of people out there that’s good. Leaving them unsupervised in a virtual world is just as, if not more, dangerous.”

Bruno says she’ll keep taking it day by day as she adjusts to the new normal.

The Louisiana Department of Education has developed a new set of resources to support students participating in virtual learning.

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