Uncommon Sense

November 6, 2013

Tech Sanity, Finally?

Filed under: Science,Technology — Steve Ruis @ 1:36 pm
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Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) endorsed new guidelines for parents who are concerned with the question: how much screen time is too much? The guideline, in summary, equates to “for children over the age of 2, their total exposure to televisions, computers, tablets, and smart phones should be restricted to two hours a day. In addition, they should not be allowed to keep TVs and Internet-capable devices in their bedrooms.”

Contrast this recommendation to parent’s who are hooking their kids up with smart phones (with GPS leashes to keep track of where their kids are), tablet readers, laptop computers to do homework on, video game consoles, etc. Plus schools are trying to jamb as many screens in front of our kids as is possible (to the extent that companies are trying mightily to inject advertisements onto those screens because of the huge audience).

Compare this with the countries that score highest on international benchmark tests. There is very little technology in their classrooms because they understand that education is a social activity and technology isolates people. (What, you’ve never seen two students stand right next to one another and communicate with texts? Ask any teacher.)

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