How can we protect our children from the risk of screen addiction?

Virtual relationships

Children are starting to learn to communicate behind a screen at an ever younger age. Verbal and non-verbal face-to-face communication is lost. This creates many misunderstandings and misinterpretations at the relational and social level.

In addition, we hear about cyber harassment on social networks and non-consensual images or videos that circulate… among other web-related phenomena.

How can we protect our children from all these risks?

We have all the virtual means of communication to accelerate and strengthen contacts. Despite everything, we are losing the real and human way of communicating.

How can we transmit to our children the best ways to communicate when they have never known a world without an omnipresent screen?

The only answer to these questions seems to be direct communication and between four eyes.

Show and explain the risks, dangers, positive and negative points, with concrete examples, by surfing the web and pointing to pages that demonstrate these problems.

Prohibiting is of little use because they will find ways to use screens in a roundabout way. The important thing is that they understand why, even if it is not immediate and they are angry, it is not serious! The day will come when they will thank you for teaching them to communicate using looks, gestures, words, emotions, voice, tone, smile, courtesy and respect.

Concentration and screen

Our productivity is declining

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Young people between the ages of 11 and 15 spend about 4.5 hours a day behind a screen on weekdays and 7.30 hours a day on weekends, between smartphones, tablets, computers and television.

When we are disturbed by a notification, it takes us about 23 minutes to focus again on the task we were doing before we were interrupted.
We even tend to reproduce this behaviour and interrupt the work we are doing ourselves without any outside intervention.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has included the “gaming disorder” in its list of officially recognized diseases. It is characterised by “an increased priority given to digital games and an increasing practice, despite the damaging repercussions”.

What are the solutions to screen addiction ?

  • increasing awareness from an early age
  • better communication with children and adolescents
  • a thoughtful and discussed management of weekly screen time
  • an analysis of the reasons for hiding behind a screen
  • a balance between real needs and excessive use of screens

En relation avec le sujet

Une personne est dite à « haut potentiel » (HP) lorsqu’il a un rythme de développement intellectuel nettement supérieur à la moyenne de son âge. On parle aussi de « surdoués ».

Cette particularité va influencer leur vie dans tous ses aspects (scolaire, social, familial et professionnel).

Les Hauts Potentiels (HP)

La dyslexie, dysorthographie, dysgraphie ou dyscalculie etc…

ne sont pas des phénomènes nouveaux et pourtant il semble que leur problématique commence à inquiéter de plus en plus les écoles qui ont du mal à trouver des solutions concrètes.

Les enfants DYS

Le plan d’études romand (PER) correspond à l’harmonisation de la scolarité obligatoire.

Il comprend 11 années d’école et il est coordonné par région linguistique.

L’accord inter-cantonal de cette harmonisation s’appelle HarmoS.

PER et HarmoS