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Thursday, November 14, 2019

stop calling it "screen time"?

"Screen time" can be used for an expanding range of activities in the digital world. But the phrase is loaded with negative connotations, and associated with guilt and addiction. Kids are internalizing the equation of screen-time = bad-time .. and that may backfire on adults. Screens are where we keep our cookbooks, music collections, research libraries, banks, newspapers, teacher-parent and teacher-student communications and the list goes on and on - there is a lot of value behind those screens. "I don't like the stigma attached to 'screen time,' or the way it is coded. It makes us talk about the things our kids love as if they are drugs. They are not drugs, even if they sometimes have some things wrong with them," said Jordan Shapiro, author of "The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World." Perhaps the language we use to define "screen time" needs to change? It is suggested, we replace "screen time," with the names of specific digital activities: video games, television, Facetime, YouTube, etc... that way the complex worlds behind the screen can be considered on their own terms with their own values - good or bad. cnn
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