Technology is, or can be, a good thing.There is a widespread belief among teachers that students’ constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks. Too much of any one activity makes for a lop-sided child (or adult for that matter).
Give children active games to play that promote focused attention and self control.
- Model it–If we’re constantly plugged-in, how can we expect them not to be? Turn off your own screens and watch them turn off theirs. Kids need to see us calling people on the phone, meeting friends for lunch, reading books, and exercising without the Wii.
- Create Screen-Free Zones– If you are having dinner, unplug. Set up a rule that during dinner time all electronics must be on a charger not with them at the table.
Parents with teenagers glued to the computer wonder if such large amounts of screen time is healthy for growing minds. While there may be no long-term research on the impact of digital technology on children’s attention spans and persistence, there is enough evidence to take this issue quite seriously.
Let me know how it works out!