Screen Time

Mitchell Rutherford, who taught biology at Sahuaro High School in Tucson, Ariz., left the profession due, in part, to students' cell phone usage. Here, pictured at Finger Rock Trailhead in Tucson on June 8, 2024.
Mitchell Rutherford, who taught biology at Sahuaro High School in Tucson, Ariz., left the profession due, in part, to students' cell phone usage. Here, pictured at Finger Rock Trailhead in Tucson on June 8, 2024.
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Teaching Profession In Their Own Words Cellphones Turned My Teaching Career From 'Awesome' to Exhausting
A former high school teacher shares how his students' increasing reliance on cellphones drove him out of the classroom.
Elizabeth Heubeck, June 10, 2024
5 min read
Student Well-Being Video A Clinical Psychologist Offers Tips on Healthy Tech Use for Students
There’s a disconnect between parents and schools over who should take ownership of students’ tech use.
Custom illustration showing a young female student wearing a book bag and standing inside a protective bubble that looks like a split happy and sad emoji.
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Student Well-Being Q&A 'It Terrifies Me': Clinical Psychologist on Tech Overuse in the Age of AI
Lisa Strohman has dedicated her career to connecting the dots between tech overuse/misuse and mental health problems.
Kevin Bushweller, March 25, 2024
4 min read
Image of young reader with book with screens flashing in the background.
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Reading & Literacy Is Too Much Screen Time, Too Early, Hindering Reading Comprehension?
Evidence supports teachers' concerns that early exposure to electronic devices leads to a loss of the focus young learners need for reading.
Elizabeth Heubeck, January 15, 2024
6 min read
Close up of a brother and sister laying on the floor and playing on separate mobile devices while their mom is working in the kitchen
Student Well-Being Kids' Screen Time Rose During the Pandemic and Stayed High. That's a Problem
It’s too early to see how increased screen time may affect kids long-term, but many educators say they have seen negative effects.
Arianna Prothero, February 28, 2023
2 min read
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Student Well-Being Opinion Not All Screen Time Is the Same. Here’s What the Research Says
Explaining to students what the studies show about cellphone use can help them make informed decisions.
Jean M. Twenge, February 8, 2023
1 min read
Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy speaks during a White House Conversation on Youth Mental Health, Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at the White House in Washington.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy speaks during a White House Conversation on Youth Mental Health last spring in Washington.
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Student Well-Being Surgeon General: Kids Under 14 Should Not Use Social Media
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said social media threatens kids' ability to develop a healthy identity and sense of self.
Lauraine Langreo, February 2, 2023
3 min read
An ethnic nine-year old boy plays a game on a digital tablet. He is sitting on a couch in a modern living room.
Student Well-Being What the Research Says Screen Time Can Raise Children's Chance of OCD. Educators Can Help Prevent That
Video game and algorithm-based videos may increase obsessive behaviors in preteens, a study finds.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 20, 2022
4 min read
Teenage boy laying on the floor in a living room watching a video on his handheld device, tablet.
Classroom Technology Students Are Addicted to Screens. What It Means for Learning
A handy guide to navigate the challenges that come with increased screen time.
Lauraine Langreo, December 16, 2022
2 min read
Classroom Technology Spotlight Spotlight on Balanced Screen Time
This Spotlight will help you understand responsible online behavior, what schools can do to prevent the overuse of technology, and more.
October 3, 2022
Image of someone reading news on their phone.
Curriculum Many Adults Did Not Learn Media Literacy Skills in High School. What Schools Can Do Now
Eighty-four percent of adults say they are on board with requiring media literacy in schools, according to a survey by Media Literacy Now.
Arianna Prothero, September 19, 2022
4 min read
Kindergartner Dallas Webb tests herself in a reading lab on software designed to even out gaps in knowledge. Her school, Jere Whitson Elementary, in Cookeville, Tenn., is part of a district experimenting with new ways of using federal funds to teach reading and literacy.
Teaching young children digital citizenship skills can help prepare them to navigate the online world in safer, more meaningful ways now and when they are older.
Shawn Poynter for Education Week
Classroom Technology Want Kids to Be More Responsible Online? Start Early
Talking to 4-year-olds about screen time, digital literacy, and cyber safety may seem premature. But waiting puts kids at a disadvantage.
Alyson Klein, September 7, 2022
7 min read
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Classroom Technology Big Numbers of Teens Are on TikTok 'Almost Constantly.' What Should Teachers Do?
A Pew Research Center report confirms what most middle and high school teachers already know: Teens are spending way too much time online.
Alyson Klein, August 10, 2022
3 min read
Group of diverse 8-10-year-olds sitting in a window sill looking at their cellphones.
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Student Well-Being What Is the Right Age for a Kid to Get a Cellphone?
Children are acquiring them at younger and younger ages.
Apoorvaa Mandar Bichu, June 28, 2022
3 min read