Thank you for agreeing to participate in the “Be Screen Smart” project. There are many benefits to using screens/digital devices; academically, professionally and recreationally. However children & young people are spending too much time with screens.
It is important to assist children, young people and their families to find the right balance, fun and engaging alternatives to screen time, opportunities to explore their own ideas and creations, enjoy each other’s company and take pleasure in the world around them. By implementing the lesson plans within the classroom we hope to help pupils include more screen-free activities into their free time while cutting down on the time they spend on screen-based activities such as watching TV, surfing the internet and playing computer games or spending time on social media.
By consulting with children on how to best balance their use of digital technology, we could help them turn digital technology into a tool for creative expression, participation, play or learning. Schools could teach children how to search for high-quality information and distinguish fake news through their mobile phones. In doing so, they will be training children to use technology purposefully while negotiating and overcoming its distracting elements. Learning how to stay focused on a task despite technological interference will likely be an important skill in the future.
During the lesson plans pupils will be given the opportunity to track their time spent on screen-based activities. They will then be challenged to reduce entertainment screen time and instead do fun screen-free activities.
To reach the optimal results from the Be Screen Smart project your school could implement the following:
As you embark on this module please note that an enthusiastic attitude will help pupils in their efforts to reduce the time they spend on screens for entertainment. If the class teacher also takes part in the project and reduces his/her entertainment screen time and shares his/her attempt to reduce entertainment screen time with the class this will help in encouraging class pupils to do so too. Please also consider other ways your establishment can support this attempt.
Thank you for your commitment to improving the health of young people in Glasgow.
Health Improvement Team
(This resource has been developed by the North West Health Improvement Team for Glasgow City)