Too Much Classroom Screentime?

Over the course of the last few years, we’ve had a host of parents and educators ask our opinion on the use of screens in the classroom. In every case, we advise people to keep their eyes on the research so that technology can be utilized as something that enhances rather than detracts from the educational experience. In a recent column in National Review, Anthony Kinnett, the executive director of Choice Media, offers this helpful summary: Screen addiction, blue-light exhaustion, and other medical issues accompanying near round-the-clock screen use have only increased during this age of the computer replacing the teacher in the classroom. ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities’ coping mechanisms, often achieved through handwriting and screen restraint, are becoming less common as physical media takes a back seat to the convenience and entertainment of classroom computer use. Parents, get involved in your school’s decision-making process in order to strike a balance.