DepEd Recommends 1-4 Hours Screen Time for Online Distance Learning

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DepEd Recommends 1-4 Hours Screen Time for Online Distance Learning


The Department of Education (DepEd) reminded teachers and parents that the screen time for students who will be attending online distance learning (ODL) classes this upcoming school year must be limited to 1-4 hours daily depending on their respective grade levels.

(MANILA BULLETIN)

DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio issued Memorandum DM-CI-2020-00162 which outlines the suggested strategies in implementing distance learning delivery modalities (DLDM) for school year (SY) 2020-2021.

One of the learning delivery modalities for formal education is ODL. San Antonio noted that a class adopting ODL "shall follow the regular planning standards in the organization of classes set by the DepEd."

"It shall be applicable in schools where both the teachers and learners have access to digital devices, such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, and desktop computers, with available online resources and Internet connectivity," he explained.

San Antonio noted that schools may adopt a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online teaching in consideration of the Screen Time Guidelines by Age as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and World Health Organization (WHO).

For Kindergarten, the prescribed screen time should be a maximum of one hour daily. For pupils under Grades 1 to 5, the DepEd said that the maximum should be 1.5 hours daily. For students in Grades 6 to 8, DepEd recommends a maximum of 2 hours screen time daily.

The DepEd said students in higher grades - such as those in Grades 9 to 12 - will be allowed to spend a maximum of 4 hours daily (2 hours in the morning and another 2 hours in the afternoon) as screen time. …

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