‘Should Parents Restrict their Teenagers Electronic Use’

G8 students are learning how to take notes to avoid plagiarism, use in-text referencing and write using proof to enhance their argument or point of view.  All Grade 8 students wrote and delivered a speech in their Language and Literature class.  The speech below is the best example in G8 Red and congratulations to Sophie Donahue for her hard work.  Interestingly parents and readers, all but two of the G8 students decided that parents should restrict student screen time.


Should Parents Restrict Their Adolescent’s Screen Time?

by Sophie Donahue

Parents should restrict adolescent screen time. Current statistics say that, on average, 8 hours a day are spent on screens by adolescents. In this speech, I will share with you how screen use affects brain development, the effects of screen use on physical and mental health and you will also learn how screen use can affect the thinking process. My goal is that you will have more information that will help you decide to limit and regulate screen time in your family.

Firstly, screen usage can affect our brain development. Their use has been affecting our brains from our early years. Our brains are 90-95% developed by the age of six. This is almost the brain size of adults but the last few years for the brain to develop fully are very crucial. This last growth is small in size but very significant and can be altered depending on the activity in which adolescents engage. Our brains are shaped by the activity that we do and intellectually engaging activities result in significant growth in our brains. If we spend our time consuming entertainment that other people have made such as movies, videos, and games we are missing opportunities to develop our brains. We could be spending our time creating the things that entertain people. Instead of being the consumers we should become the creators.

Secondly, there are several side effects to extensive screen time that can affect people’s physical and mental health. Studies show that an increase of screen time will also increase the amount of depression, anxiety, and aggression shown by adolescents. According to the psychologist Dr Colin Carroll, “People get addicted to screens and it affects people the same way that cocaine and heroin do. Screens are “digital drugs”.

Screens on our computers, phones, and television can also affect physical health. As people look directly at a bright screen for long periods of time they can start to suffer from dry eyes. It has also been known to cause sore eyes, headaches and fatigue. Furthermore, screen time takes away time for outdoor activities such as running, playing and just spending time socializing outside. This leads to obesity.

Additionally, there are also safety risks that have to do with time spent on screens, especially on social media. Children and adolescents are more exposed to child predators online. Another risk of screen use can be cyberbullying on social media.

Screens can also have a serious effect on our thinking process. As we stand at the bus stop we scroll through Instagram, and as we sit on our couch, we scan through facebook. Steven Johnson, the author of “Everything bad is good for you” said, “We do not require full brain power for most of our daily interactions.” Our generation has become less focused, but as a result, we have become more connected.” Susan Greenfield, a professor of pharmacology said “ As we keep using technology, we are creating a culture of people with a shortened attention span.  We have reduced opportunities to engage with abstract concepts and are becoming less capable of thinking deeply because as we are so used to streaming and scanning information.” Our human interactions are also affected as we prefer to look at our phones than have interactions with other people. The psychologist Patricia Greenfield said, “ Although the consumption of television/video games and the internet may develop impressive visual intelligence, the cost seems to be less mindful knowledge acquisition, critical thinking, imagination, and reflection on our actions.” We have become more aware of what is happening in the world and we have become more connected but we are beginning to lose the ability to think deeply as we are too busy scheming and scamming through websites.

So should parents restrict their adolescent’s screen time? Technology has become such a large part of all of our lives. We come to school and our computer allows us to access files and work without complication. When we come home we open our computers and check Managebac to see if we have homework which we would also do on our computers. After dinner, we might sit for a while on our couches and watch a movie or some Youtube to relax. These have an effect on our brain development, they affect our physical and mental health, and have an effect on our ability to think deeply. Wherever we go, there are screens, and there is no avoiding them. People are on their phones, advertisements play and even on moving trucks when we are out and about. Christy Goldwing, a researcher in the field of parenting said: “Whether we love it or not, technology is here to stay. We should not avoid the use of technology but instead, learn how to use it effectively and responsibly.” We can do this by restricting our screen time and teaching parents how we should use screens efficiently.


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Re-enrolment for the 2016-17 Academic Year

BIFS is conducting an annual re-enrollment process to obtain a commitment from families regarding their plans for the upcoming school year. The form will be sent out by email on Friday, January 19. Families who wish to re-enrol or leave for the school year beginning August 2018 must complete the re-enrollment form via email by Wednesday, January 31. To continue enrolment at BIFS for the 2018-19 academic year, a non-refundable re-enrollment payment of 2,000,000 won must be made by Friday, February 23. The invoice will be sent to parents via email by Friday, February 9. Further questions, please contact the admissions office. ([email protected])
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