5 ways to manage students’ screen time

Modern technological advancements can make education noticeably more exciting and entertaining, but accompanied by all its benefits, uncontrolled use of technology in schools can divert students’ attention to unwanted places. That is why efficient school management is important.

Most American children’s daily screen time averages around five to seven hours. Consequently, and considering today’s widespread use of smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices among children, monitoring and managing children’s screen time is essential for protecting their physical and mental well-being. Unhealthy usage (may it be time-based or content-based) can lead to physical health issues, feelings of isolation, disconnection from the real world, and a number of other problems.

That is why the problem must be also faced in schools, where students spend a big part of their day. Thus, teachers must be able to monitor student screen time in the classroom. Educators can use several strategies to limit students’ screen usage and efficiently foster engagement.

#1: Establish Clear Classroom Rules

Establishing classroom norms defines the atmosphere of the class and is essential for creating a thriving learning environment. Make sure to decide which behavior in the classroom is acceptable and which isn’t. Communicate your expectations and allow students to partake in setting the norms. This will give them the confidence to share their opinions. Once some ground rules are established, offer explicit instructions and discuss them with students. Clearly outline the expectations to ensure the classroom remains a safe and productive learning space. And with that, also plainly define the consequences for breaking the rules.

#2: Make Sure the Expectations Are Reasonable

When you are setting limits for student screen time, the limits must be realistic. It is best to consider various factors, such as how much screen time is required for fluent schoolwork, how much time students spend behind screens besides that, etc. While establishing these expectations, again, ensure that students know what is expected of them.

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