Motherly Life Notes

  • Time spent with screens takes away from time interacting directly with peers, teachers and parents. It impacts a multitude of behaviors. Children don’t learn how to sit still without some form of entertainment. They don’t develop strong peer communication skills and have trouble interacting with teachers and tutors. Moreover, students who spend too much time on digital devices lack enough sleep and arrive school bleary-eyed and unprepared for the day’s lessons.

  • 95% of principals surveyed responded that students spend too much time on devices outside of school.

  • A survey asking 9 to 14 year olds about their future aspirations showed that heavy consumers of social media and TV tend to have individualistic goals such as the desire to become famous. Youths who spent more time in team sports had collectivist aspirations such as the desire to help those in need.

  • Measuring the impact of technology is more than just counting the hours. Rather than assume kids are simply passing the time engaged in a mindless digital activity, parents need to take time with their children to watch or play it together and talk with their children about what they are doing.


School Principals Overwhelmingly Concerned About Children’s Screen Time