As the use of screen time has exploded over the last several years, there is always the question about how much is too much screen time? A recent study published just last week in the JAMA Journal of Pediatrics is the first study to document there is a direct association between higher screen time and lower measures of brain structure and skills in preschool-aged children. While the use of technology in schools is relevant and important, the time that our students are using technology is supervised and highly interactive. Our teachers make sure that the time is limited to a specific task and is limited throughout the day. Finding the balance between the use of technology and making sure the students are engaging with their peers is key to the success of the students. Lessons and learning activities that are integrated into tablets have a way of exciting kids and they become active learners that stay engaged and interested in the material. It also helps to differentiate a lesson to meet the individual learning levels of each student. At WPS, we recognize the pros and cons of using technology and work hard at finding the balance to maximize the benefits and reduce the risks for each child.
We encourage you to read the article linked above and evaluate your child’s screen time exposure and use outside of school.