How much time will my student spend on a device?
The single most influential factor in student achievement is teacher effectiveness, followed by the involvement and support of a parent, guardian, or other caring adults. We envision student devices as an enhancement to the learning environment. Project-based, hands-on learning and student/teacher interaction will continue to be a daily experience in our classrooms. In our schools, student devices supplement traditional educational tools such as books, pens, and pencils.
The Association for the Education of Young Children has taken the official position that “When used intentionally and appropriately, technology and interactive media are effective tools to support learning and development,” and “Limitations on the use of technology and media are important.” For a comprehensive discussion of screen time and children, please view a report by the National Association for the Education of Young Children: Technology and Young Children.
The District recommends students typically work on the devices in small group exercises for short periods of time with a class period for structured activities, including:
- Reading and language exercises
Average screen time during a typical school day is as follows:
- Kindergarten 30 minutes
- Grades 1 and 2 up to 45 minutes
- Grades 3 to 5 up to 90 minutes
- Grades 6-8 up to 90 minutes
- Grades 9 -12 varies depending on class schedule
What are professionals saying about screen time?
To promote child health and development in a digital world, physicians and other health care providers should counsel parents and caregivers of young children on the appropriate use of screen time. Specific recommendations include the following:
Minimize screen time:
- Screen time for children younger than 2 years is not recommended.
- For children 2 to 5 years, limit routine or regular screen time to less than 1 hour per day.
- Ensure that sedentary screen time is not a routine part of child care for children younger than 5 years.
- Maintain daily ‘screen-free’ times, especially for family meals and book-sharing.
- Avoid screens for at least 1 hour before bedtime, given the potential for melatonin-suppressing effects.
Mitigate (reduce) the risks associated with screen time:
- Be present and engaged when screens are used and, whenever possible, co-view with children.
- Be aware of content and prioritize educational, age-appropriate and interactive programming.
- Use parenting strategies that teach self-regulation, calming and limit-setting.
As a family, be mindful about the use of screen time:
- Conduct a self-assessment of current screen habits and develop a family media plan for when, how and where screens may (and may not) be used.
- Help children recognize and question advertising messages, stereotyping and other problematic content.
- Remember: too much screen time means lost opportunities for teaching and learning.
- Be reassured that there is no evidence to support introducing technology at an early age.
Adults should model healthy screen use:
- Choose healthy alternatives, such as reading, outdoor play and creative, hands-on activities.
- Turn off their devices at home during family time.
- Turn off screens when not in use and avoid background TV.
Additional Resources for parents