Answer: In the marketing world, we're taught that it takes a potential customer seven impressions of a product or service before they are comfortable to purchase such an item. In as much, in order to convince someone of anything, there needs to be repetition of the same thing so they understand its importance, just as a student learning in school and going home to study. It will not be a one off encounter of hearing this message for most people. There must be repetition to master the subject. Students, young adults and parents of all ages need to continuously hear this message in order for them to understand the severity of too much screen time.
Answer: When there's too much pressure continuously built up time over time, things explode. This is applicable to people. When people have too much going on and not letting off "steam," that same pressure, they explode and sometimes it comes off to people who are innocent bystanders of their built up frustrations. In order to prevent a breakdown, anger, animosity, or any other negative emotion, school nurses, just like everyone else, need a personal haven they can run and escape to. Whether it's building a community of school nurses who you can vent and share ideas among, going to conferences like NASN throughout the year, or literally taking a weekend to not answer any calls or texts but simply just be, you must do what bests you to keep moving forward, breathing, eating well. Please do not look at self-care as you being selfish, but rather as you taking care of yourself so that you can take care of others.
Question: How can I build rapport with the teenagers in my school to help facilitate honest dialogue in order to give them the assistance they might need?
Answer: Be honest with them every single time you speak. Teenagers can miraculously see through fakeness / phonies. They have a tendency to give off that they're not listening or care what you speak about, but believe me when I say they hold onto every word. Because of the advancement of technology and the way it causes teenagers to seem more grown up than they are, people tend to forget that teenagers are in fact still children - who are simply like sponges. They take in all you say. So be honest and genuine, all while giving them a listening ear when they are ready to vent and open up to you.
Question: How can you address situations where children who have to spend time with a different parent on the weekend due to custody issues, etc. also have different rules in each house that sends a different message, regarding social media, screen-time, etc.?
Answer: A discussion needs to happen between the shared parents - not one parent to the child, so they can tell the other parent. It won't work that way. The adults need to be the adults and decide upon solid ground rules with each other so that they set the tone and not the child you're parenting. If it's a matter of custody issues that may need to be agreed upon in the court of law, then you may need to have it addressed within your custody terms.