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Screens have become a part of our every day and are a main component of most technology – computer, mobile and smart devices, television - that we use to enhance or ease our lives. As we adapt and grow, we must teach children and adolescents how to have a healthy relationship with screens. Most adults alive today grew up with far less use of screens outside of family television time. Yet, they are raising children who are surrounded by screens from the moment they are born. These days, children see their parents on their phones from birth and it is common for parents to use screens as a distraction for busy children in situations where they may need some peace.
Teachers can educate students and their parents about the risks of excessive screen use and recommendations for managing screen time. No child is too young for a screen time plan. Screens are best used as tools and not rewards.
Share reputable guidance resources such as Common Sense Media with parents to help them select and monitor appropriate screen media for their children and adolescents. Common Sense Media suggests that “with any screen media you choose for your kids (or they choose for themselves) -- movies, games, TV shows, apps -- you want to look for how it engages your child.”
Common Sense also recommended that you consider the “four cs”: connection, critical thinking, creativity, and context in the selection of screen media.