Experts are becoming quite concerned about children having too free of access to the internet and too much screen time, effecting how they think. We know the well documented adverse effects of screen time: an increase in childhood obesity, lack of attention, poor social development, lower grades, and lower overall school engagement, each directly proportional to the amount of time spent on screened devices, whether television, computers or smart phones. The article notes:
The impact of heavy media and technology use on kids' social, emotional and cognitive development is only beginning to be studied, and the emergent results are serious. While the research is still in its early stages, it suggests that the Internet may actually be changing how our brains work. Too much hypertext and multimedia content has been linked in some kids to limited attention span, lower comprehension, poor focus, greater risk for depression and diminished long-term memory.Even at Clear Spring School, I have difficulty getting the kids to all listen at the same time to instructions that they must hear in order to make even simple things. Today was not my best day. Listening to the kids talking about what they'd seen on youtube, while having to assert my own needs for their attention did not make my day a happy one. I was grumpy. I think I must be ready for summer break, and working with adults who have a much greater interest in what I have to teach. All my summer classes are now full with the exception of openings in my box making class at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine.
The photos above show the new saws, finally in place and kids with boats.
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