Screen Time

How much time online is too much? This week my classes are studying digital communication with students by reviewing the guidelines of net etiquette and the importance of using it.

My students prefer Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter over Facebook. The students taught me today how to view how much time an individual spends online via their smartphones by using a setting called, “ScreenTime“. It was interesting to learn how much time students spend online using various apps.

In 2018, CBS News reported, that kids and teens age 8 to 18 spend an average of more than seven hours a day looking at screens. The new warning from the AHA recommends parents limit screen time for kids to a maximum of just two hours per day. For younger children, age 2 to 5, the recommended limit is one hour per day. (Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/parents-need-to-drastically-cut-kids-screen-time-devices-american-heart-association/)

The amount of screen time makes me wonder if students can really think for themselves? Does the use of smartphones in class really help or hinder the learning process for students? Are students capable of having a real conversation without asking Google for the answers?

So how much time via digital technology is too much? Let me know your thoughts.