Screen Time

For a long time now it has been conventional wisdom to limit child screen time to just two hours a day. By no less an authority than the American Academy of pediatrics.

“Children and teens should engage in entertainment media for no more than one or two hours a day, and that should be high-quality content.”

Until recently I agreed and felt that meant turn off screens after two hours, but over the last few years I have really begun to question the wisdom of these limitation. Certainly the lack of activity will have a harmful effect on the physical health of our children. There is no argument with that our children need exercise, I need more exercise.  So I am not saying children should be allowed to sit in a chair 8 or 10 hours a day.

The qualifier of “entertainment” might mean I totally agree with the recommendation. It all depends on your definition of limiting to entertainment media means.

I’ve explained it this way to my children and am working on making the implementation more rigorous.

If you are just sitting watching something to have fun, you are being entertained and that should be limited to less than two hours a day. If you searched for a video to learn how to do something that doesn’t count. If you are building something specific in Minecraft, that is not entertainment. If you are doing homework, that is not entertainment. However, that doesn’t give you free rein to spend all day on the computer.

A requirement is that you spend at least two hours a day in intentional exercise, playing a physical game like kickball, running, walking around the block, or anything that includes strong physical activity.

My children probably still spend too much time in sedentary activities (I certainly do), but they don’t spend too much time being entertained.(well maybe)

The next step is to integrate more hands-on learning activities. We can’t just say to our children, “stop watching TV”, we have to replace that time and entertainment with something just as engaging.  Education research shows that including that tactile element really helps children gain an intuitive understanding of math and science. When children learn they can have as much fun with hands on activities they are more likely to choose them as an activity.  so we can kill two birds with one stone by using hands-on learning at home, learning is fun and just plain learning.


Neenan’s Sky High Base

Chapter 1. “Skybase” one day I was wondering about the fields when this guy named billy said “Hi there want to join my on my sky base?” I said “SHURE! Let’s Do this!” I ran with him into the mud land the most dangers place in my town I went with him And I saw it! WOW! I said I must get in and play forever! Then I started to worry I was already neck deep in Mud! AHH i started to run! But I was stuck entirely under! NOOOO!

Chapter 2. “STUCK” Help! I said or well hmb! I was almost out of breath when ahhhhhHHHHHhhhhhhhhh! I was getting sucked into a giant tube! Then I woke up in a cloning machine! What the???? How the??? Ok this doesn’t make any sense…

Chapter 3A new Hope (starwars)” I woke up seeing Machines not in a cloning device ( I thought it was later knowing it was a death chamber (Out of story)) I walked around and seeing blood everywhere and then ZOMBIES!!! AHHHH!!! RUUUUUUUUUUUUN!!!! (Laiter…) Well I see the base and what the *BOOM* (Two Hours Later…) Im awake now but ok this is new I think I might have a chance of making it if I do this: 1. Build a small hang glider 2. jump off the ship 3. Land on the air base

Chapter 4. “Trial And Error” Ok so Step 1. Finished step 2. GO! WAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! OOOF! well step 2 & 3 were quick. Im on the base! Hi Dendari!

Chapter 5ZOMBIES!” I was peacefully wondering around the place when all of a sudden ZOMBIES!!! I ran for my life! I couldn’t escape! AHHH! *JUMP* I jumped out the window Escaping JUST IN TIME before The whole thing blew up well that wasn’t the real thing billy told me that was to attract zombies the real one is too high for anyone to see 😉  Well I think I made
it. 😉 Let’s Party all night!

Chapter 6how I got to the sky base” Well first I went to billy He said I have a model aircraft so we built a real one based of the model and we flew and fell WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! OOF! Well I have a chopper helicopter toy said billy I said “I have 50” “Whered you get those?” Said billy “Bought them” I said Let’s take off! *Flying* WOW I said then we landed on the skybase deck The End. 😉


          TOPIC: YOUTUBE!

                                               OK you have heard of youtube in my recent posts

                                               but was letting you test the water… theres soo much more like
                                               animations but I cant say so get a google account get youtube (comes
                                               with google account) and head out there guys!

Digital Learning Day – Webmaker

This was our third in a series of #maketheweb activities.

Over the summer was a Scratch programming session as part of the Mozilla #maketheweb activities.

In December we held another Scratch day as part of the Hour of Code.

Yesterday, Feb 5th, was an hour of fun celebrating Digital Learning Day.

All of the participants except my son were girls between the ages of six and twelve. I brought my camera, but we were having so much fun I forgot to take pictures. Instead I remixed a webpage in honor of all the girls who participated.

A Child’s View of the World 2013-11-28 11:57:00

                                                      THE NEENAN TIMES

Topic: Video Games For LINUX (Ubuntu)

Ha Guys I have ALOT on my mind and alot to do I ahve a minecraft movie comeing up but…
Do you guys know eny good games (besides minecraft) for LINUX? (Ubuntu) Tell me in the chat thanks bye!!Youtube minecraft Massively Minecraft