Tech tools and learning devices can be a valuable asset for educators, but it's important to be mindful of students' screen time.

5 ways to manage students’ screen time

Tech tools and learning devices can be a valuable asset for educators, but it's important to be mindful of how long students are on devices

#3: Monitor Screen Use in the Classroom

Modern problems usually come with modern solutions. So, the fear of students uncontrollably using technology in the classroom is unnecessary. You can use various classroom screen monitoring tools to stay on top of students’ online activities. School management tools help you manage everything from supervising the websites students use and introducing time constraints, to blocking inappropriate content and keeping track of their attendance.

You can use content-filtering student safety software that also allows communicating with parents and allows them to participate in their children’s activities. In addition to facilitating parent-teacher communication, this often enables parents to impose time restrictions on their children’s device use and block access to particular websites and apps.

#4: Encourage and Foster Balanced Use of Technology

The easiest and most long-term effective method of managing student screen time is making sure students gradually learn how to use technology responsibly by themselves. Encourage students to use technology in balanced, constructive, and beneficial ways. Stressing the value of the benefits and possibilities of using technology for educational purposes is crucial.

#5: Cultivate Digital Citizenship

As we mentioned earlier, seeing how technology will play an important role in students’ lives, it is essential we teach children to use the internet ethically and responsibly. Cultivating digital citizenship is about using technology safely, all the while defending one’s privacy and the rights of other internet users. And this not only fosters responsible online behavior but also nourishes children’s compassion, thoughtfulness, and morality.

You can do that by developing courses centered around subjects like cyberbullying, online safety, and responsible internet usage. Learning how to navigate the online world safely is easier with the guidance of adults, especially if you are equipped with the aforementioned tools.

These are some methods for establishing a healthy and high-functional learning environment by regulating student screen time. When you make sure students are safe from threats and potential risks technology usage (and its exploitation) brings, you enable them to flourish in a safe and productive setting. With a little help, they can stay focused on their classwork and foster their digital competencies, with the goal of one day becoming upstanding responsible digitally literate people. And all the while promoting student engagement and making the best of the various benefits of today’s technology.

This post originally appeared on Blocksi’s site and is republished here with permission.

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