Making Screentime Productive
There are lots of articles that discuss why screen time is bad for kids, and explain how much screen time is good for kids, as well as tools for limiting it. Out-of-school time creates more time for parents and students to argue about spending time on screens. But according to Mitch Resnick, MIT professor and developer of Scratch, a coding application for kids, it’s the wrong argument to have.
According to Resnick, “Rather than trying to minimize screen time, I think parents and teachers should try to maximize creative time. The focus shouldn’t be on which technologies children are using, but rather what children are doing with them. Some uses of new technologies foster creative thinking; others restrict it. The same is true for older technologies. Rather than trying to choose between high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech, parents and teachers should be searching for activities that will engage children in creative thinking and creative expression.”
With these words in mind, we have some creative ways for kids to spend time with their screens that parents can feel good about.