Parenting in the Digital Age

Screen Time Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Parenting in the Digital Age is not easy! For all the benefits that technology brings us, we are also faced with the challenge as parents to monitor and regulate our children’s use of digital media and set parameters on screen time.

With the increasing popularity of games like Fortnite, we are also called to redouble our efforts and stay abreast of current research and recommendations for young children and their media use.

For example, it has come to our attention that boys as young as our first graders are familiar with the game, Fortnite, and several have played it. However, Common Sense Media recommends Fortnite for teens 13 and up, primarily because of the open chat and action violence. It is also rated T for Teen by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board), meaning content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up and may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language.

Fortnite is just one popular example of current trends in online gaming. We would like to take this opportunity to share with you some general resources on good media habits and screen time.

Good Media Habits from Common Sense Media

When it comes to media and technology, kids really learn what they live. Here are some strategies for helping your whole family develop healthy media habits.

Set limits. Establish media-free zones and weekly screen-time amounts. Aim for a balance of activities throughout the week: reading, playing, exploring, and so on.

Choose age-appropriate, high-quality media. Not everything has to be PBS, but take the time to find stuff that's nourishing.

Co-view and co-play when you can. You won't be able to stop what you're doing every time your kid plays Minecraft, but make an effort to understand -- and even appreciate -- what your kids are doing. Ask questions, get them to explain stuff, and listen with an open mind.

Treat tech as a tool, not a treat. Kids who use tablets or smartphones only to play games see only the entertainment side of technology. Demonstrate the utility of devices, such as how you send email, use a map, and look up facts.

Be a family of media critics. Media-literacy skills help kids think critically about what they watch, play, and interact with. Encourage young kids to think more deeply about their shows, books, and games. Ask "Who made this?", "Who is it for?", and "What is it telling you?"

Be a media role model. Lead by example by putting your own devices away during family time.

Screen Time Guidelines

It’s important to note that most of the negative effects of screen time on children are related to excessive use of electronic devices on a daily basis. For this reason, it’s helpful to know expert’s recommendations for screen time use, which were updated by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) last year. The AAP makes the following recommendations for screen time:

  • For children under 18 months old, screen time should be limited to video chatting

  • Children 18-24 months should only be exposed to high-quality media, with parents watching alongside to help them understand and engage with what they’re watching

  • Children 2-5 years old should be limited to 1 hour per day of high-quality programming; again, parents should watch along with them to help them make real world connections

  • Children 6 years and older should have established and consistent limits on the time spent using media, with parents ensuring that digital media doesn’t take the place of sleep, physical activity or real-life personal interactions

Additional Recommendations for Healthy Media Use

  • Develop a Family Media Use Plan with specific guidelines for each child and parent.

  • Recognize the importance of hands-on, unstructured, and social play to build language, cognitive, and social-emotional skills.

  • Find quality products.

  • No screens during meals and for 1 hour before bedtime.

  • Avoid fast-paced programs (young children do not understand them as well), apps with lots of distracting content, and any violent content.

  • Turn off televisions and other devices when not in use.

  • Avoid using media as the only way to calm your child. Although there are intermittent times (eg, medical procedures, airplane flights) when media is useful as a soothing strategy, there is concern that using media as strategy to calm could lead to problems with limit setting or the inability of children to develop their own emotion regulation. Ask your pediatrician for help if needed.

  • Keep bedrooms, mealtimes, and parent–child playtimes screen free for children and parents. Parents can set a “do not disturb” option on their phones during these times.

The Class of 2020 Artwork Featured at Ochsner

Art created by the Stuart Hall Class of 2020, under the direction of S/H art teacher, Mrs. Kirsten Anderson, is currently on display at Ochsner Medical Center, marking the first time that Ochsner is displaying student artwork in their main display case. The exhibit, which features radial origami paper sculptures made by each student, along with one collaborative piece of art featuring Stuart Hall colors, will be on display on the main campus of Ochsner Medical Center (1514 Jefferson Highway) through October 15

Origami is the Japanese word for paper folding. It is an art form that has been handed down from parent to child through many generations.

Radial symmetry is a type of formal balance in which objects radiate around a central point and has more than one line of symmetry.

In developing the artworks displayed, the Class of 2020 were introduced to these three basic origami folds. Later, they were challenged to create a radial design using only these three folds and a color scheme of choice.

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Thank you to Ms. Lorene Holbrook, grandmother of Gardner Ebrahim '19 and Adley Ebrahim '20, for coordinating the entire exhibit.

Former S/H Knight to Wear No. 18 for LSU


Former S/H Knight Foster Moreau was awarded the traditional No. 18 jersey for LSU this season.

“Foster Moreau is everything you want in an 18,” Jacob Hester tweeted. “He’s fought his way to the top from the day he walked on campus. Great choice for the 2018 season!”

Congratulations, Foster! We are so proud of you. Read the full story here.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018


Please join us in congratulating the Class of 2018!

  • Matthew Baffes: Jesuit High School
  • Emile Bruneau: Jesuit High School
  • John Paul Ciaccio: Jesuit High School
  • Paul Collins: Jesuit High School
  • Jack Cook: Jesuit High School
  • Jack DesRoches: Jesuit High School
  • Charley Fazzio: Jesuit High School
  • Grayson Gallinghouse: Isidore Newman School  
  • Brennan Gauthreaux: Jesuit High School
  • Beau Gibbons: Jesuit High School
  • Connor Gibbs: Jesuit High School
  • William Good: Jesuit High School
  • Austin Guillory: Isidore Newman School
  • Scout Hughes: Jesuit High School
  • Jacob Jackson: Jesuit High School
  • Nicholas Jacobs: Jesuit High School  
  • Alex Jeansonne: Jesuit High School
  • Grayson Joint: Jesuit High School
  • Miles Kavanaugh: Jesuit High School
  • Ryan LaNasa: Jesuit High School
  • Griffin Landry: Jesuit High School
  • Michael Landry: Jesuit High School
  • William Lavie: Jesuit High School
  • Clifton LeBlanc: Jesuit High School
  • Jack Lo: Jesuit High School
  • Killian Lyon: Jesuit High School
  • John Mantooth: Jesuit High School
  • Ben Musgrave: Jesuit High School
  • Andrew Newell: Jesuit High School
  • Vehaan Sabharwal: Jesuit High School
  • Jack Seidell: Jesuit High School
  • Jacob Smith: Jesuit High School
  • Roland Waguespack: Jesuit High School
  • Joshua Washington: Jesuit High School
  • Philip Zazulak: Jesuit High School

Killian Lyon is Awarded Inaugural Benson Leadership Award

Congratulations to Killian Lyon '18 on receiving the inaugural Benson Leadership Award. The Benson Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding Seventh Grade student, who has lived out the mission of Stuart Hall School and demonstrated excellent achievement in student leadership. This honor is bestowed upon a deserving student who best exemplifies leadership, as defined as someone who has given back to his community/contributed to the betterment of his school community and/or city in the likeness of Tom Benson.

Three-peat State Chess Champs 


This past Saturday, April 21, the Stuart Hall Chess Team traveled to Baton Rouge to defend their State Champion Title. The newer K2 team (Patrick Avin '23, Grayson Bent '23, Mike Graugnard '23, Liam Hollard '23, Race Hughes '23, Austin Janusa '23, Parker Rooney '24, August Sauska '23,Dave Vandenweghe '25, and Eli Weber '24) played well and steamrolled their competition to win the K2 State Team title with 16 points to rival Lusher's 10.5 points and TS Cooley's 10.5 points. Individually, Patrick Avin placed 2nd, Mike Graugnard placed 5th, Austin Janusa placed 6th, August Sauska placed 7th, Race Hughes placed 9th, Grayson Bent placed 10th, Parker Rooney placed 13th, Dave Vandenweghe placed 20th, Eli Weber placed 21st, and Liam Hollard  placed 35th. 

The K4 Team, our veteran team (Declan Albro '22, Charlie Avin '22, Ryan Avin '21, CJ Encalarde '22, John Michael Maristany '22, Grady Miles'22, Connor Rooney '22, and Kennon Russo '22) continued their dominance in State chess competition and won their 3rd consecutive titlewith 15.5 points, beating out rivals Lusher (13.5) and Airline Park (13). Individually, Charlie Avin was a perfect 5-0, scoring 5 points to earn hissecond individual state title, this year as Co-Champion. John Michael Maristany earned 10th place, Aidan Hollard placed 11th, Connor Rooney placed 13th, Ryan Avin placed 14th, Grady Miles placed 18th, Kennon Russo placed 22nd, Declan Albro placed 25th, and CJ Encalarde placed 30th.

This was a fantastic, historic year of achievements for this strong team, sweeping K2 and K4 City League to win City League titles three years in a row, and a three-peat at State. Thank you to all Stuart Hall chess players for the great heart that they continue to show! Congratulations on your amazing success, and let your success be a reminder of what hard work, perseverance, and mindful dedication can bring. We thank and commend Coach Jeff York and Assistant Coach Al Pearson for their leadership. Well done, Knights! 

3-peat: S/H Wins Academic Fair


Stuart Hall finished in First Place overall for the third consecutive year at Academy of Our Lady's Third Annual Academic Fair for Lower School! Thank you to Mrs. Nancy Dunphy for coaching our Knights.


  • First grade: Thompson Guider and Drew Kosarek (3rd place)
  • Second grade: Peter Balhoff (1st place) and August Sauska
  • Third grade: Grady Miles and Reed Ruggles
  • Fourth grade: Nate Baines


  • First grade: Miller Haynes and Caleb Puneky
  • Second grade: Mike Graugnard (3rd place) and Charlie Leche(1st place)
  • Third grade: Santiago Esola and Elliott Rice
  • Fourth grade: Charlie Benoit (1st place) and Cole Puneky

Reading Comprehension

  • First grade: Andrew Amoss (3rd place) and Jacques Meyer (1st place)
  • Second grade: William Redmann and Parker Skelly
  • Third grade: Thomas Hulefeld and Jack Maguire
  • Fourth grade: Aidan Hollard (1st place) and Spencer Waguespack


  • First grade: Robert Amoss (1st place) and Balian Nguyen (2nd place)
  • Second grade: André Mouledoux and Liam Van Vrancken
  • Third grade: Kahler Lyon and Ian Prat (3rd place)
  • Fourth grade: Christian Sauska (2nd place) and Harrison Turner

Regional Spelling Bee Results


Congratulations to our eight spelling bee participants, who competed in the Regional Spelling Bee at Xavier University. 

Five of the 16 semifinalists were S/H spellers! Quinn Rosenstein '19 finished 4th overall and Charlie Varisco '19 finished 5th overall. The three other semifinalists were Fifth graders Kacey Cognevich, Salvatore Esola,and Sean Maher.

We are so proud of all of our spellers for participating in one of toughest competitions in town. Thank you to Mrs. Amy Rini for coaching our Knights and to all of the parents who came out to support our team on Saturday.

City League Chess Champs

This past Saturday and Sunday (March 10-11), The Stuart Hall Chess Team competed in the Final 4 Championship of Louisiana Scholastic ChessLeague's "City League" tournament. 

The K2 Knights swept the tournament and won 1st place with a perfect match score of 6-0 in qualifiers, and 6-0 score in the elimination rounds. This newer set of younger players is looking very strong.

On Sunday, our K4 Blue team also had a clean sweep of the entire tournament with an 8-0 score in qualifiers, and a perfect 6-0 score in elimination rounds for another 1st place City League Title. This is a great team of maturing players, who continue to improve their game and exemplify courage, resilience, and perseverance. Kudos to this magnificent and tough-to-beat squad of players.

Congratulations to our Chess Team and Coaches York and Pearson!

7th Grade NOAL Basketball Champs

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Congratulations to our 7th grade team and Coach Israel Punch on capping off an awesome, historic Championship three-peat with a 45-35 win over Christian Brothers in the NOAL 7th Grade Championship. The Knights took the lead early and never looked back. The team defense was outstanding. We are so proud of this team. They did a great job of displaying what a Stuart Hall Knight should aspire to be. Their tremendous teamwork and effort has produced our first ever three-peat champions. Thanks to everyone for supporting our basketball program. GO KNIGHTS!