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Alberta Education - parent friendly info and support for their child's school curriculum

..from the Alberta School Boards Association

Alberta Education - parent friendly info and support for their child's school curriculum

Please use this link to  access the Alberta Education website for parent friendly information on the learning outcomes for your child.


Setting limits on screen time

The Canadian Pediatric Society’s position on the maximum amount of time a child should spend in front of the television between 1-2 hours per day. AAP takes an even stronger stance, saying that allowable “screen time” shouldn’t just take in television, but all devices; smartphones, computers, gaming devices, tablets, etc.

While there is still discussion between experts about the appropriate amount of screen time, experts all agree that it is wise to limit the time children spend on digital activities while finding a balance with other activities.

Making wise choices for our children’s media diet
Some guidelines for media consumption in your family could include:

·       Monitoring entertainment to ensure age appropriate use and avoiding inappropriate content such as violence, sexual content or tobacco and alcohol use.

·       Establishing “screen-free” zones at home, defined as no TVs in the bedroom and turning off television during dinner and homework time.

Additional guidelines and resources are at:

·, sponsored by the Canadian Pediatric Society

·, sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Topics on these sites include:

·       How can I set limits on my children’s screen time?

·       How can I help my child develop healthy electronic media habits?

·       Talking to Kids and Teens about Social Media and Sexting

·       Keeping Kids Safe in Cyberspace

·       The Internet and Your Family

·       Media Time Family Pledge

Harmful effects of too much screen time
There are many reasons to step back from electronics. Reducing use of electronic devices through reasonable limits could make a big difference in students’ academic and social skills by freeing up more time for studies and other pursuits.

There is another important reason to look at the big picture of students’ digital activity. Too much digital time may impact our ability to focus.

Consider this headline: “Thanks Social Media – Our Average Attention Span is Shorter than Goldfish.”

 “Attention span is the amount of concentrated time on a task without becoming distracted. Most educators and psychologists agree that the ability to focus attention on a task is crucial for the achievement of one’s goals. It’s no surprise attention spans have been decreasing over the past decade with the increase in external stimulation.

 Emotional impact of a lot of screen time
In addition to social media-related distractions, other side-effects of too much screen time include increased narcissism, antisocial behavior and aggressive tendencies, susceptibility to anxiety and increased depression, and lower grades among students who check their statuses too often.

Balance is the key
Social media interactions can be positive if there are limits on online activity. The Pew Research Center’s Report, Teens, Technology and Friendships, suggests that social media can have positive effects on teens actual social lives. Many teens report making new friendships online – 57 per cent have developed a friendship through a social platform. Friendships can be strengthened through social media environments.