The Tablet Habit

Hello, new New Heights bloggers. Welcome to New Heights Learning Online. This blog is for you. During this time of stress and feelings of some loss of control over our destinies, I felt that this was a good time to share and bear one another’s burdens. This is a difficult time for raising young children. Mothers are now teachers, a job for which some were not prepared. It’s very easy to just sit the children down in front of a computer screen and let it baby sit. Like many others, my business of tutoring is online and I am an advocate for our children taking this time at home to focus on academic weaknesses and building skills. This means staying in front of a PC, a tablet or phone. The Internet has made information and entertainment so easy to obtain and watch . . .and watch, etc I suggest to you that all things be done in moderation. A new Heights subscriber mentioned to me that her children’s teachers seem to be just throwing work at them. The mother is totally stressed out, trying to keep up with the assignments. She found herself just doing the work for her child, to get it turned in. School on the Internet can become a possible trap for parent and child alike. The State Board of Education in Illinois decided that work done online will not be graded and will not count toward promotion to the next grade. I applaud that decision. Children need class time to discuss topics, exchange ideas and absorb the information being taught. Staring at a screen for hours can do more detriment than good if it is not monitored. The article snipet below may come in handy while we are sheltering in place with our children. Obviously, it is necessary to keep students busy and their minds focused on academics. However, there must be a variety in their daily routine. There is a time for everything. It’s good to have a time to just chat or put on the mask and take a little walk together – get out of the house for a bit. Play in the back yard if there is one. Set a specific number of hours for working on the computer and sponging up information, without conversation or asking questions. Too much time on media can possibly affect the socialization of the family.

What happens if my child looks at a screen?

Ashley May

USA TODAY, published June 13, 2017

When children are watching a screen, there's less face-to-face conversation.

New research presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting suggests infants who look at mobile devices for 30 minutes or more per day are likely to have speech delays.

About 890 children between 6-months and 2-years-old participated in the study between 2011 and 2015. For each 30-minutes of reported handheld screen time, researchers found about a 50% increased risk of expressive speech delay (being able to put thoughts into words).

"Please don’t buy into the marketing claims from baby TV stations or from baby-oriented media, because the evidence shows that they are just looking at the lights and ... not comprehending what’s on the screen," Radesky said. "Those are critical months in terms of language development and getting out and exploring their 3D world."

Please Share: How do your children spend their day? Children need to be kept on a schedule, what do you suggest? We’re all ears!

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