Helping Children Learn in the Age of Distractions Cheat Sheet

Your Brain on Twitter – Helping Children Learn in the Age of Distractions

Electronic Culture:
n  Favours quick responses, quick results and efficient outcomes.
n  Does not utilize our bodies and movement, which is where social, emotional learning takes place.
n  Does not provide the repetitive practice required to help children learn social cues, emotional responses and collective behaviors such as sharing, taking turns and negotiating needs.
n  Homes need to put back in, what electronic time takes away:
n  Unstructured play, Outdoor activity
n  Quiet environments
n  Eye Hand Activities and Single Focus Activities
n  Human connection and interaction

n  Take small steps and Repeat them daily
n  Reinforce success
n  Create consistent routines
n  Do less
n  Have less
n  Engage the whole family in making changes.  Make sure everyone is resourced when having challenging conversations
n  Repeat material to mastery and honor the process of repeating material and learning from mistakes
n  Create intense learning opportunities – the greater the intensity the more impact it has on your brain
n  Repetition is important.  It takes 10-31k to create new neural pathways.
n  Have 3 minute high intensity aerobic/ movement breaks

n  Eat meals together with no electronic devices including the TV
n  Have 30 minute family time where all electronic devices are shut off and everyone is gathered in the same location
n  Initiate 20 minute family walks
n  Work together on a project – puzzles, Lego buildings, art projects, baking, ect.
n  All members of the household should have chores. Provide consistent expectations.
n  Morning and evening routines are the most important.  Make them easy and predictable.

Digital Guidelines for Children:
n  0-3 years – Everything except video chatting, high quality TV programming.
n  3-5 years – One hour a day, watch with child, avoid apps, fast paced programs.
n  6 years and up – one hour or more physical activity, 10-12 hours of sleep every night, No more than 20 hours of gaming/app play a week.
n  General Recommendations:
·      Avoid using devices as a way to calm child down,
·      No screen time one hour before bed,
·      Bedrooms/mealtimes/parent-child playtimes should be screen free.