From the Head of the Crowther Centre – Dr Ray Swann 

Screen Time

Many of you would have read over the break that the World Health Organisation had released guidelines for young children (under 5). This received much media attention, especially the announcement that children under five should not spend more than one hour watching devices (or zero hours). Essentially what the guidelines recommend is that children are active (not always sedentary), develop the right kinds of behaviours and get enough sleep. Much of the discussion in the media and more broadly focuses on the idea that technology is still new, it changes, and the evidence one way or the other is hard to quantify. Still, it is possible to take a common sense approach to technology use.

Closer to home, the Australian Government Department of Health recommends the following:

Some sedentary activities are good for children:

  • reading and looking at books
  • listening to stories
  • quiet play such as art and craft, drawing and puzzles

Some sedentary activities are not good for children:

  • watching TV and DVDs
  • playing computer and electronic games
  • sitting in a car seat, high chair or stroller for more than one hour at a time when they are awake.


You can read more about our position on screen time and families of older boys (9–18 years) are welcome to come to our Tween, Teens and Technology workshop on 13 May. Further details below.


Crowther Parent Workshop Program

Tweens, Teens and Technology 

Date: Monday 13 May 2019

Time: 6.00pm

Venue: Crowther Wellbeing Centre

Bookings: via Trybooking

Topics for upcoming workshops include: The Effective Learner; Study Habits; and Difficult Conversations.

More information will be available closer to the date via the Crowther Centre eNews.


Strong Mothers, Strong Sons (postponed until November 2019)

We are delighted to announce that we will again be hosting the internationally renowned psychologist Megan de Beyer and her program ‘Strong Mothers, Strong Sons’. Megan ran this workshop at BGS last year and received extremely positive feedback.

Aimed at mothers of adolescent boys, the workshop covers topics including: communication, good relationships, how to manage change, conscious parenting and dealing with your son’s emotions (including anger).  

When – November 2019 (dates and times TBA)

Where – Wellbeing Centre, Brighton Grammar School

Cost – Free to all BGS mothers

Bookings – To be advised when bookings open, subscribe to the BGS Crowther Centre