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Avoid Digital Learning When You Can

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Avoid Digital Learning When You Can


I'm concerned about all the digital learning.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding children ages 13-18 years, teenagers should have no more than two hours per day of personal technology use, and video games should be limited to 30 minutes per day; no violent games should be allowed ever. Because of the limits to digital media, it's very difficult for children to use technology for school and have time for technology on their personal devices. In addition, for every hour of digital instruction, there should be at least one hour of face-to-face instruction. All of your classes are video-based, which counts as technology use hours.

Technology has been implicated in many problems.

Technology overuse may cause depression: Internet Overuse May Cause Depression Study: Teens Who Pathologically Use Internet 2.5 Times More Likely to Become Depressed
It is related to increased suicide risk. Social Media and Suicide: A Public Health Perspective
It is correlated to other mental illnesses as well: Heavy web use harms a child's mental health: Every hour raises risk

I suggest limiting digital homeschooling.

Homeschoolers can reduce exposure to digital media. Begin to use real books and hands-on curriculum, even if that means that you read aloud textbooks, or find a tutor who can assist him. If you limit technology only to your 1-2 most difficult subjects, then you can reduce the risks of excessive technology.

Nobody can choose curriculum for you.

Only you know your child, and know your child's interests and learning style. I do have some resources to help you look at multiple options, so you can get some non-tech ideas. Try these short Coffee Break Books on Amazon:


Another suggested resource: 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy
Please locate a nearby homeschool convention, and attend with your family to look at things in the curriculum fair. Looking at all the non-tech options will really inspire you!

Learn more about technology and education.

If you would like to learn more about the effects of technology and setting boundaries, check out TechnoLogic: How to Set Technology Boundaries and Stop the Zombie Apocalypse.

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Comments 4

Guest - TIM on Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:00

Good thoughts on this Important subject Lee. I think a good follow up question to consider is what should fill that digital use time? If teenagers should be limited to 2.5 total hours a day, then I would imagine time would best be spent develoing digital skills, and not just education skills. The Catch-22 is that while teenagers should have limited digital time, their future college and work environments will not be following this rule, and will be demanding specific levels of expertise in certain digital areas. Parents homeschooling high schoolers should consider, then, the digital skill sets their students should have at graduation.

Good thoughts on this Important subject Lee. I think a good follow up question to consider is what should fill that digital use time? If teenagers should be limited to 2.5 total hours a day, then I would imagine time would best be spent develoing digital skills, and not just education skills. The Catch-22 is that while teenagers should have limited digital time, their future college and work environments will not be following this rule, and will be demanding specific levels of expertise in certain digital areas. Parents homeschooling high schoolers should consider, then, the digital skill sets their students should have at graduation.
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Friday, 19 June 2015 00:06

Good Point, Tim!
If a student is taking a typing class or a class on basic coding, parents will have to decide if the time spent will come out of their time allowed.
Blessings,
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Good Point, Tim! If a student is taking a typing class or a class on basic coding, parents will have to decide if the time spent will come out of their time allowed. Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Birdie on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 10:41

Dear Lee. Thank you for sharing this good information. The computer is in the "back drop" of our learning. I absolutely agree that it should come after the hands on learning. Here, games are limited to about 30 minutes. Our dear ones are prolific readers and I'm so thankful that reading books are a priority. As we get closer to the end of our home school journey we'll do more basic computer skills that are good to know. If one of our dear ones would like to study this skill more in-depth, they will have the opportunity to do so. I'm not innocent in the amount of time I spend on this machine and know that it crowds out what is most valuable. To look up, see the world, listen and speak.

Dear Lee. Thank you for sharing this good information. The computer is in the "back drop" of our learning. I absolutely agree that it should come after the hands on learning. Here, games are limited to about 30 minutes. Our dear ones are prolific readers and I'm so thankful that reading books are a priority. As we get closer to the end of our home school journey we'll do more basic computer skills that are good to know. If one of our dear ones would like to study this skill more in-depth, they will have the opportunity to do so. I'm not innocent in the amount of time I spend on this machine and know that it crowds out what is most valuable. To look up, see the world, listen and speak.
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Friday, 19 June 2015 00:09

You are so right Birdie!
Those computer skills are so important for their future. Allowing for learning time, while limiting fun time is a bit of a balancing act!
Blessings,
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

You are so right Birdie! Those computer skills are so important for their future. Allowing for learning time, while limiting fun time is a bit of a balancing act! Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
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