We are beginning to see lots of parents worrying about how much time their children are spending looking at their screens and thinking that virtual education might be a pretty awful thing for their child. We would like to help bring a little reasonableness to the situation. Parents, please don’t consider all screen time to be equal. If your child has the computer on and is writing an essay for his ELA teacher, this is very different than if they are playing a first person shooter game, or passively binge watching stranger things on Netflix. It’s important to monitor your child’s screen time, but categorize it, and limit types. Please don’t kick them off the computer because they are still writing that essay. Teachers, please remember that time in front of a screen is different than time in front of you in a classroom. Attending class virtually requires more energy in attentional controls and students will run low on energy faster than when they were with you, in-person. Change up your activities and consider the notion of a sensory diet for your students and limit the amount of time that you are asking them to pay keen attention to things happening on that small screen sitting on the table in front of them.
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.