Sadlier, Samantha. “Balanced Technology Use, Screen Time Encouraged for Children.” The Spectrum. A Gannett Company. 5 Feb. 2015. Web. 23 March 2015.
This article was written by two parents. They have looked at the APA guidelines and agree that there should be zero screen time for toddlers 2 and under. They said the studies they looked at linked increase screen time to the very young with ADD.
They also state the Kaiser Foundation stats on 8-18 year olds are getting 7.5 hours of screen time per day.
They said it was more difficult for a second child when the older child had screen time–difficult to keep the younger child away.
The single mom said sometimes when she had “important life tasks” she needed that distraction.
In their elementary school ipads are used to personalize and enhance student learning. Technology allows student to reach outside to the bigger world. The school says just because they are using technology it doesn’t mean “they are staring at a screen all day.”
Technology is great for differentiation. Those at the top can be challenged and more forward at their own pace. Those who struggle can get more 1 on 1 time from teachers, or from demos online.
My take away–they acknowledge the amount of screen time–agree there needs to be a balance but no solutions. I think the school justifications were great but the school did not commit to the amount of time that kids spend on screens. Basic info.