A documentary called Screenagers was shown at the Cultural-Recreational Centre (CRC) Friday, March 24, and teachers and students at County Central High School (CCHS), along with their parents, were educated on the effects of screen time.
The documentary presented different studies of the positive and negative effects screen time has on children and teenagers, both at home, during school and everywhere else.
It also provoked parents to consider the example set by their own screen time behavior.
On average children spend six and a half hours a day looking at screens, not including homework.
Some teens said phones are a huge distraction while others didn’t think anything of being on their phones and believed that using their cellphones only affected them.
It was brought up how some students choose video games over playing sports after school, lessening their opportunity for social interaction. There are even rehabilitation centres for those addicted to video games.
After the documentary, Daniel Grimes, principal of CCHS, said too much screen time can take away spending that time with family and friends.
He also said parents should know what their children are doing on their devices
“Trust your children but verify what they are doing,” he suggested.
Parent Lorelei Bexte watched the documentary and said screen time is always a concern, which is why in her household there are rules about screen time.
Bexte said her eyes were opened to how children can develop quicker with less screen time, in comparison to children with more screen time.
“Hopefully it gives the kids an appreciation that this really is an issue and it’s not just…
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