Screen Time

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This Spotlight will help you consider what changes are on the horizon with the metaverse, parent privacy concerns, and virtual SEL options.
December 28, 2021
High school students in Coral Gables, Fla., work together on a tablet during a history class.
High school students in Coral Gables, Fla., work together on a tablet during a history class last school year.
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Classroom Technology Q&A How Much Screen Time Is Too Much? The Answer Is 'It Depends'
Educators need to consider the context, the content, and the individual child when deciding how much screen time kids should have.
Alyson Klein, October 5, 2021
4 min read
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Student Achievement What the Research Says Here's One Way to Improve Students' Reading Scores: Get Them Eyeglasses
Schools need to do more than just vision screenings, new research says, especially after students have spent so much time learning on screen.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 14, 2021
5 min read
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Student Well-Being Opinion Helping Students Outsmart Their Smartphones
Kids know they study better without their phones. Here’s how to not leave them to their own devices.
Angela Duckworth, February 10, 2021
2 min read
Teaching Teacher Tips: How to Reduce Screen Time When School Is Online
Concerns about screen time are not new—but they are heightened when kids across the country are spending much of their school day online.
Catherine Gewertz, October 5, 2020
8 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Teachers, Live Screen Time Is Precious. Use It Well
Research suggests a way to restructure remote learning to give students what they've been missing, write H. Alix Gallagher and Ben Cottingham.
H. Alix Gallagher & Benjamin Cottingham, September 1, 2020
5 min read
Jori Bolton for Education Week
Classroom Technology Why Principals Worry About How Mobile Devices Affect Students' Social Skills, Attention Spans
An EdWeek Research Center national survey of educators and interviews with school principals reveal big concerns about how the proliferation of digital devices is affecting K-12 education.
Alyson Klein, June 2, 2020
7 min read
Education Opinion How to Decrease Screen Time for Students
Distance learning means it's difficult to limit screen time for kids. Here are a few ways to help keep things healthy for them.
Angela Duckworth, April 24, 2020
1 min read
Student Well-Being New Warnings on Screen Time, as Students Nationwide Move to E-Learning
As millions of students nationwide start to settle into virtual learning programs to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a massive new research analysis sounds another note of caution about the effects of exposing significantly more screen time.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 23, 2020
4 min read
School & District Management Babies as Young as 12 Months Get Nearly an Hour of Screen Time a Day, Study Finds
Babies as young as 12 months are exposed to nearly an hour a day of screen time, despite warnings from pediatricians to avoid digital media exposure for children under a year and a half, according to a new analysis.
Alyson Klein, December 2, 2019
2 min read
Reading & Literacy Screen Time Up as Reading Scores Drop. Is There a Link?
The yearslong slide in reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress comes as students are spending more time in and out of class on digital devices.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 8, 2019
7 min read
Early Childhood World Health Organization Recommends No More Than One Hour of Screen Time for Most Children Under 5
The global health group also offers advice on physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep for infants and young children.
Sasha Jones, April 24, 2019
1 min read
School & District Management Too Much Screen Time May Affect Children's Brain Development, Early Findings Show
Children who use smartphones, tablets, and video games more than seven hours a day are more likely to experience premature thinning of the cortex, the outermost layer of the brain that processes thought and action, according to a new study released by the NIH.
Sasha Jones, December 11, 2018
2 min read
Privacy & Security Principals on Student Screen Time: 7 Takeaways From Education Week's Exclusive Survey
School leaders are overwhelmingly worried about student screen time at home, but have nuanced views about screen time in school, according to an exclusive Education Week survey.
Benjamin Herold, May 11, 2018
5 min read