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Innovative Educators Don’t Recommend Screen Time Limits #edtech #education

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https://www.techlearning.com/news/innovative-educators-dont-recommend-screen-time-limits

What recommendations should we be giving parents and youth when it comes to screen time?  In past limiting some types of screen time made sense. A time when the American Pediatric Association (AAP) made long-standing screen time limits recommendations. However, those were based on research around passive television viewing and violent video games.

Since then the AAP has backtracked.

This is a very informative article on the merits of limiting screen time. I am not a medical expert and have relied heavily on my own experiences and others' research to form my own opinion on the matter. However, whenever I engage in a debate on the merits of children's screen time, more often than not, people have told me that screen time with children should be limited. 
  • "Kids spend too much time on their screens."
  • "Its making them (kids) antisocial"
  • "It could stunt brain development"
These are just a few of the common justifications I am given on why screen time should be limited. Perhaps, something I have not considered is, "Maybe we are asking the wrong question."

When the conversations of screen time come up, the answer must always be,there is not one answer. It depends on the individual. What they’re doing matters. The abilities they wish to access and how they wish to do so matters too.

Instead of talking about screen time, we can switch our conversation to what a healthy media diet looks like for each individual. 

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