Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Screen Time for Kids Isn't So Bad

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Screen Time for Kids Isn't So Bad

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THE speed at which technology is developing is making it almost impossible for research to determine how "screen time" might be affecting children but there is evidence to suggest it's not all bad.

Throughout Queensland, schools are increasingly adopting the use of tablets in classrooms from an early age, under the BYOx (bring your own device) initiative.

According to Education Queensland, using tablets helped to prepare children for the digital age, and gave them greater access to more resources.

Another benefit was alleviating the need to lug heavy textbooks to and from school with the iPads used for viewing e-textbooks and other learning sites.

Students told Education Queensland they liked using tablets because they could more easily collaborate with classmates on projects, and keep a record of searches undertaken for school assignments.

In the words of Coomera Springs State School, "technology is always changing and so are our students' brains".

The school told Education Queensland that using tablets "allowed students to develop skills in order to become self-motivated, creative and tactical when it comes to solving problems".

"The (BYOx) program allows for a higher level of learning experience through virtual learning, accessibility of educational materials, enhanced efficiency of access and perhaps most importantly, enhanced collaboration with peers and teachers beyond the classroom," the school said.

Parents also found their children were more interested in learning, when they were using tablet devices.

Jindalee State School parent Susan Stenlake said son Oscar was "excited to share what he had been doing on his iPad".

"His homework is accessible through the device and makes it more enticing for him to sit down and do homework," Ms Stenlake said. …

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