Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, the man who invented the devices we are slaves to, never let his children close to an iPad. Melinda Gates regrets giving mobile phones to her children after they became teenagers and wishes she had waited longer. In these times when the entire world functions on a screen it is hard to boycott technology completely. It is also wrong to give into them completely. This particular matter cannot be looked at in a black or white way. This is why we have to find a grey area.
In a study conducted in London, it was observed that people between the ages of eleven to twenty-four, spend two and a half hours in front of their computer, three hours in front of their phone and two hours in front of the television. That totals to seven and a half hours in front of a screen. That is almost one-third of a day spent in front of a screen. This is not very healthy for the children. In such cases, parents were told to cap their time in front of a screen and spend time away from the screen as well. Thus finding a balance in front of the screen and off-screen as well.
Ever since the pandemic has begun, due to social distancing, schools have closed and all classes are being carried out online. This has almost doubled the screen time for most school-going children. In such a situation, the child is sitting in front of a screen cannot be considered negative as they are learning something that is part of their education and thus it cannot be avoided. It is hard for most parents to send their kids out to play at this time as well. In such situations, how to manage a child’s screen time while being a parent?
The first thing to do would be to monitor the amount of positive and negative screen time. Negative screen time is spending time in front of a screen for recreational purposes. If a child is spending more than three hours negative screen time, they need to reduce it. Even though there is no scope for outdoor activities, children can pick up new habits like meditation and breathing exercises. Household chores like arranging the bookshelf or cleaning the house can be quite therapeutic as well.
With QuizNext, you can be assured that your child is having 100% positive and engaging screen time. QuizNext offers tailored practice sessions that are fun and educational as well and make sure your child is up to date with their syllabus and revision.
Now even if a child uses all their screen time positively, it could damage their eyes and other body parts as well. With other video-based learning apps, students are expected to sit for a minimum of sixty minutes. After sitting for hours in front of a screen for school, this can be quite harmful to a child’s eyes. This is a common concern voiced by most parents.
At QuizNext, it is an unspoken understanding that the student’s health comes first. Which is why, after an intense and engaging practice session of a maximum fifteen minutes, the student is expected to take a break where they are not looking at a screen. This way the student there is no continuous strain on the eyes. In a mere twenty-five minutes session in front of a screen, the student is set for the day. QuizNext believes inconsistency and not long hours. It ensures that children practice the right chapters and the right questions with a personalised study plan. This way children receive the best of their syllabus in the least time possible.
Schools have been asked to adopt the “10-10 rule” or the “20-20 rule”. The FICCI ARISE (Alliance for Re-Imagining School Education) organised a webinar on “Good Screen Time v/s Bad Screen Time”, to make a fair assessment of the nature and need of online learning. In this webinar, Parul Sharma introduced these rules. In its essence, schools should conduct classes where students will be taught for twenty minutes and then they will have to keep their eyes closed for twenty minutes. This drastically reduces the damage done by the blue light emitted by the screens and reduces the stress on the eyes.
In a world where everything is on a screen, it is foolish to figure out a way to avoid screens altogether. It is also foolish to become their slaves. This is why you have to find the balance and keep yourself in check. A little bit of control will take us a long way.