A primary component of any media education program should be turning off screens in order to reflect upon, and critically examine, media content and consumption. One major problem with screen-time reduction initiatives is inspiring large numbers of students to participate (and thus achieve the educational benefits associated with screen freedom). Various programs to reduce children’s screen time have been implemented in the US, Canada and France. Most successful components of these programs have been identified. Benefits sustained over the short- and long-term are also known. Key research underscored why educators need to inform parents and students about the impacts of screen exposure on children’s health. What interests are we serving by keeping young citizens (and their parents) ignorant of the damages caused by screen overexposure? Best practices for fostering change in screen habits must be shared. The SMART program (Student Media Awareness to Reduce Television) has proven to bring most positive benefits including: gaining parents and teachers’ collaboration ; mobilising communities to support kids’ efforts to reduce screen time exposure. Screen freedom must be included in education for the 21st century.
Aug 11 2016 9:00 - 11:30
SpeakersJacques Brodeur, Edupax