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EDUCATION: Limit students’ computer time

Letter by Jacob Braun, University Place on June 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm | 13 Comments »
June 14, 2012 2:06 pm

We’ve all heard or seen signs that children’s screen time should be limited to two hours per day. Too much screen time can ruin creative thinking and handwriting skills. Most parents and experts agree that exceeding the two-hour limit is dangerous to the mental health of children.

Why, then, do schools have their students spend so much time on computers in class? The time spent on Internet research, YouTube videos, smart board and power point presentations, and online tests, adds up to a little over two hours a day.

Baroness Susan Greenfield, a professor in brain neurology, says, “Working on computers prevents the brain from learning properly, and can lead to addiction to drugs and gambling in later life.” I bet parents are startled to discover that their children’s mental health is at risk.

In a press release, Sen. Maria Cantwell says that “computers in classrooms help students prepare to succeed in an economy heavily dependent on technology.” However, in the Silicon Valley Waldorf School, there is no technology – just paper and pencils – and the students grow up to become prosperous in businesses.

Exposure may be a good idea, but research shows that at a younger age than high school, it could do more harm than good. There should be little or no computer exposure for grade school students – just books and pencils. This will make children’s futures much brighter and will save schools thousands of dollars.

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