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Screen time at home and in school

Continuous warnings reach us about the increasing amount of screen time in children’s lives. Already before cell phones became popular, paediatricians advised to limit the amount of time children spent watching television. More recently, very disturbing reports have described the effects of smart phones on children, as the hours spent by children using screens are rapidly increasing. Many organisations are promoting a reduction of screen time, as the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood states it: Unplug to CONNECT, Unplug to LEARN, Unplug for HEALTH, Unplug and PLAY.

While many parents already struggle to let their children reduce screen time, the effect of schools introducing screens is clearly the opposite of what is needed: to let children grow up in real life, to learn real things and to really interact with each other.