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 changes below within your youth establishment we hope to help young people 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.
To reach the best maximum results from the Be Screen Smart project your establishment could implement the following:
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 Youth Team
(This resource has been developed by the North West Health Improvement Team for Glasgow City)