Head of School’s Tip of the Week (October 13, 2017)
To help your child become an autonomous and resilient learner:
Limit the amount of time she/he spends in front of a screen.
Please ensure that your child:
- Spends less than one hour a day playing video games;
- Turns off all technology one hour before bed time (TV, smartphone, tablet, games).
“Calm is an entirely different state from being mesmerized by some movie or video game. When a child is calm, she/he is relaxed, aware of what is going on inside and around her/him, and engaged.”
“For many children with attentional issues, the barrage of rapidly changing images, loud noises and bright colours deployed by these (video) games keeps them glued but acts as a brain drain, providing brief but exhausting jolts of energy that is dysregulating – like junk food for the brain.”
– Stuart Shanker, psychologist, researcher, professor and self-regulation expert