Whether you've observed it at a restaurant, while on public transportation, or during the school day, we've all observed society being preoccupied by screens.
Although this is not inherently bad, it does have consequences... consequences that we ought to take into account as we teach the future generation.
More than ever, Digital Wellness is becoming a necessary conversation among educators.
And taking the lead in this department is Hilliard City Schools, located in Columbus, Ohio. Their Chief Technology Officer, Rich Boettner, conceived of a month-long program on Digital Wellness to help foster healthy relationships between kids and technology. This program encourages positive behavior while students use technology at school and at home.
Throughout the course of the month students are taught:
- how to protect their vision through modifying screen colors
- what online behaviors are appropriate and improve social interaction
- how mobile devices tend to impact posture and physical well-being
- how to self-moderate screen time
These are skills that children otherwise might not be exposed to.
In the realm of STEM, technology is near and dear to our hearts, particularly when used as a learning tool. But skills children need for the future have as much to do with knowing how to engage with technology as they do with knowing when to step away from it.
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