The impact of screen use in schools

Read the research.
Review our recommendations.
Make a difference.

Digital technology has the potential to enhance learning, yet international research shows that significant use of screens at school is associated with reduced educational achievement. High screen use is also linked with negative impacts on children's health, development and well-being.

 

This website reviews the research behind device use in education. It explains why we need moderate, purposeful and evidence-based use of digital technology by schools and what can be done to influence change.

Making a difference is easy:

For parents

  1. Take a look at the research and get informed
     
  2. Get in touch with the Ministry of Education and / or your school using our example templates
     
  3. Spread the word through social media and your networks

For schools and teachers

  1. Take a look at the research and get informed
     
  2. Review our recommendations, and consider them against your school's current practise
     
  3. Share this information with your colleagues, principal and networks

 

Key research

Overview

Recommendations and summary

What's going well?

Ideas, resources and expert opinion on implementing digital technology into the classroom.

BYOD

When do BYOD programs start?

Digital Curriculum

How are schools using digital technology in the classroom?

Risks

What are the the risks associated with screen use?

Educational gaming

Does reward-based educational gaming help my child?

Best outcomes

How much device use achieves the best outcomes?

Smartphones

Do smartphones in school affect educational performance?

In a digital world

Are risks even relevant when this is the world children live in now?

 

We acknowledge that digital technology is a powerful tool and is increasingly playing a significant role in the lives of children. However, we are very aware this technology has the potential to harm, and that some children are being harmed through digital technology.

 

Jacqui Southey

Save the Children NZ

Poor 
understanding of neuroscience and cognitive, social, emotional and 
physical development of a child has resulted in an overuse rather than 
the complementary use of technology in schools.

 

Rachel Greaney 

Physiotherapist

&

Carolyn Loveday

Occupational Therapist

Technology is a great enabler but it comes with potential cost for our health and wellbeing. This website helps you and your children navigate toward safer, healthier and more responsible use of media and digital technologies for happier lives. 

 

Pasi Sahlberg 

Professor of Education, UNSW Sydney

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