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How to manage screen time during Virtual Learning

John Twemlow
John Twemlow (2 posts) Head of Digital Strategy View Profile

Technology brings about many exciting opportunities and is currently at the forefront of our education delivery. Here at BIS Hanoi, we are committed to ensuring your child experiences a world class education, but equally we consider how much time is spent in front of a screen daily – whether that be using a mobile phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop device.  

Before virtual schooling came around, there would be many household discussions about how much screen time is too much – perhaps even more so now as we continue our virtual learning offering. This section of top tips looks at a few different ways of supporting your child in making the most of their online experiences, ultimately helping them thrive during this time.  

Tips for Virtual Learning  BIS Hanoi

1. Set up device-free times and zones

It may sound simple, but scheduled breaks and structure throughout the day is vital. Students should stick to the timings of breaks and lunches to encourage routine. During VSE, pupils are given time between lessons, and they should be encouraged to move away from the environment they are working in during this time. It is important to set up technology-free-zones as it’s very easy for tech to spill over into all aspects of family life – ensure everyone gets a much-needed break! 

2. Digital Learning Agreement 

Creating an agreement with your child can help support positive reinforcements for how they use devices for both in-school and out-of-school activities. Creating an agreement together can help develop personal responsibilities and identify what they need to complete (work time) before moving on to personal hobbies (friend time).  

3. Physical exercise 

It doesn't have to be every day, but make sure your child is achieving a balance of online and offline activities throughout the week. 

4. Device check-ins 

By passing through the environment students are learning, you can easily check-in on their progress and engage in conversation on the topics being covered. You can also review any assignments (as explained in the previous article) and upcoming deadlines.  

5. Lights out 

Research shows that removing a device at least 1 hour before bed can support a better night’s sleep. Try and encourage positive habits before bedtime to allow for a good night’s rest and to recharge ready for a new day ahead.