I just cannot avoid this bullshit this week. No offense to to mom who posted this in my Facebook mom group, because she is worried based on what is being fed by the AAP and media hype and moms-against-moms, and maybe she just has a different POV than me, but…
My 8 yo had all of her homework assignments on the computer last night. A great revolution in the use of copies and teaching the use of google documents. But screentime? To finish her research, a questionaire, a pre writing sheet and 15 minutes of Math took about 1.5 hours to finish (which was in record time and the homework was actually all valuable which it hasn’t been in the past). Then we always waste a 1/2 tv show before bedtime to distract the kids from the medicines they have to take. so that is 2 hours a screentime, and that is with no email with friends (yes they gave 8 year olds email accounts and it is actually really cute what they write to each other) „, how much more time can we allow on the screen?
I just want to scream, politely, that your child’s head won’t magically explode when you hit 2 hours and 1 minute of screen time on any particular day.
Now, what stood out to me in this was 1.5 hours of freaking HOMEWORK for an 8 year old. Holy holy holy… I don’t care if my kid is doing it on a computer or a notebook or carving it into a stone tablet (except that maybe if this “research” took place outside or something, then…), but this is a huge chunk of time.
It’s not the medium. The question is whether it was a good use of the limited time that families have after work/school on a daily basis.
I am terrified of Kindergarten and Primary school, but I’ll save that for another lengthy rant post after I get to actually visit my local elementary and talk to some of my teacher friends. Just so it doesn’t come across as terrified and uninformed as I am right this moment.