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Youth Provider

Overview

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.  Young people need to be informed and supported in understanding the impact too much screen time can have on their health, relationships and academic performance.

It is important to assist 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. 

Aim

Youth Providers to make their service/youth group incorporate more screen-free activities and to discuss with young people the harm of spending too much time in front of screens.

Objectives

  • Young People to be able to identify how too much screen time can impact on health, relationships & academic performance.
  • To take responsibility of how they manage their screen time.
  • To explore screen-free activities.
  • To make positive changes to reducing screen time.

National Youth Work Strategy

The National Youth Work strategy sets out outcomes for young people through youth work.

Outcome 5: Young people consider risk, make reasoned decisions and take control

Outcome 5 explores whether young people understand the consequences of harmful behaviour, know where to go to access information and support, and can assess that information to ensure it is appropriate and helpful. Outcome 5 also focuses on young people taking responsibility for the decisions they make.

Implementation

By implementing the changes below within your youth establishment we hope to help young people understand the impact of too much screen time can have on health, relationships and academic performance and how to 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. 

Young people can be empowered to understand the consequences of spending too much time on screens and take responsibility for the decisions they make about screen time.

To reach optimal results from the Be Screen Smart project your establishment could implement the following:

  • Introduce the Be Screen Smart project to the young people within your establishment.
  • Share Screen Time Guidelines.
  • Inform young people about the benefits of reduced screen time.
  • Discuss how young people could reduce screen time and participate in screen free activities.
  • Develop creative programmes which would encourage young people to focus on screen time issue, (examples:  art project focusing on screen time, young people produce screen-free diaries & share with others, develop a drama exploring screen time).
  • Request that young people volunteer over their phones for the duration of your youth group/service.
  • Introduce a monthly screen free night. 

  • Run a 50/50 weekly night where during half the duration of your youth group/service screen activities will be off and the other half time screen activities could be on. 

  • Encourage young people to earn screen time, so to get on the computers/screens young people would need to participate in non-screen activities to earn time on the computer/screens.   

  • Introduce the Be Screen Smart project to parent's via parent workshops. Invite parents to your establishment to inform them that their child will be taking part in the Be Screen Smart project and that parental involvement & parental support is crucial at home.
  • Share Screen Time Family Tips PowerPoint presentation at parent workshops & social media accounts.
  • Ensure the Parent/Guardian & School Be Screen Smart Pledge is sent home.
  • Come up with creative ways your establishment could promote screen free activities and encourage awareness of the impact of too much screen time on young people.

As you embark on this project please note that an enthusiastic attitude will help young people in their efforts to  reduce the time they spend on screens for entertainment. If the youth worker 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 young people this will help in encouraging young people 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)