Grade 12

The Health Effects of Screen Time

Can screen time be bad for us?

The research is still out when it comes to exactly how screen time affects our health. But one area where we know it does is our sleep. Just having a device near us seems to change the way our brains work. Help students learn that being responsible with digital media means adjusting how we use it so it isn't unhealthy for our bodies or our brains.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Identify research trends related to the health impact of screen time.
  • Reflect on the nature of their own screen time and how it compares to that of parents and teens generally.
  • Use the Digital Habits Checkup routine to create a personal challenge to change a media habit.
Key Vocabulary: active use  ·  media balance  ·  passive use
active use:
contributing online via posts, comments, or other forms of communication and expression
media balance:
using media in a way that feels healthy and in balance with other life activities (family, friends, school, hobbies, etc.)
passive use:
scrolling through online content without reacting to the content
Media Balance & Well-Being
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards
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Lesson Plan

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