Grade 12

The Health Effects of Screen Time

Can screen time be bad for us?
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This lesson meets standards for AASL and ISTE.

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.

Students will be able to:
  • 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.
  • Identify specific steps to be taken and potential challenges to making their screen time more healthy.

Lesson Snapshot

  Estimated time: 55 mins.
Is It Bad for You?
15 mins.
How It's Used
25 mins.
Responsible Use Plan
15 mins.

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Video: How Much Screen Time Is Too Much? Watch
Student Handout: Responsible Use Student Version
Lesson Quiz Student Version Answer Key
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