By Jasmine London-Thomas

In the past three years, children have become more accustomed to unlimited screen time. In school, what happens to kids who have unlimited screen time? This can lead to a decrease in academic performance. It also increases the risk of childhood obesity, due to sedentary lifestyles. It can also lead to an increase in mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. I completely agree that there needs to be a balance with how much screen time a child gets, especially when it is not educational. Children need to engage in other activities such as outdoor play, reading, and socializing with friends and family. While screen time can be beneficial for educational purposes, excessive screen time can have negative effects on a child’s physical and mental health. As parents and educators, it’s our responsibility to monitor our children’s screen time and ensure they are getting a healthy balance of activities. According to EdTech, they stated, “The study found excessive screen time led to emotional dysregulation and negatively affected mathematics and literacy in school-age students.”

Here are some tips that can help parents and educators with screen time:

  • For children who are 2- 5 years old, their screen time should be 1 hour per weekday and 3 hours on the weekends when it is not educational
  • Children who are 6 years old and older have healthy boundaries with their screentime
  • Have a balance between online and offline activities
  • Encourage healthy physical activity
  • Support parents who are dealing with screen time issues at home.

Conversation starters for parents and educators:

  • We are trying to manage our child’s screen time, what are your thoughts on this, and do you have any strategies that have worked for you?
  • How do you strike a balance between using screens for learning and other activities in your household?
  • our kids are spending more time on screens due to remote learning. What do you think are the pros and cons of this, and how can we ensure they are benefiting from it while staying healthy and balanced?
  • How to address the issue of screen time and digital distractions in the classroom, and what strategies have you found effective in keeping students engaged and focused on their studies?
  • What do you think are the biggest challenges and opportunities when it comes to using technology for education?
  • How can parents and educators come together to foster responsible screen time?

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