In a post-pandemic world, it seems that everything happens on a laptop. While it can be a fantastic tool to stay in touch with teachers and classmates online, spending too much time at a screen could be detrimental to your child’s education. Indeed, the blue screen light can disrupt sleeping patterns and affect eye health and concentration.
But, when digital screens are the only point of contact with the education world, it’s hard to imagine the consequence of digital detox. Can your child turn off the laptop without affecting knowledge? Here are four ways in which a controlled digital detox can support their education in a post-pandemic environment.
Rediscover the primary source of knowledge
It’s hard to think of a time when you didn’t turn to the Internet for an answer. However, most of us have grown up in a world where lessons were written in books. There’s a lot to be said about reading books again. The literary landscape is filled with talented authors who share their unique perspectives on life through their novels. Rediscovering the pleasure of reading books is a lesson in self-discovery, proof that there are tech-free ways to enjoy university and homeschooling. It is a world where you are free to experience your emotions at the pace of the story, without being influenced by social media or other online content.
Make it part of a routine
What is scary about the term digital detox is the assumption that it is a tenuous and long-term process. Your child doesn’t have to stay away from a digital technology for extended periods to enjoy the benefits of a detox. In fact, you can even make short digital breaks part of their day-to-day schedule. It’s easy to plan time away from the laptop into your homeschooling schedule. This could be time dedicated to other skills or activities during which your child can recharge their batteries.
Make foreign languages fun
Language apps such as Duolingo are popular support for children who are learning a foreign language. However, apps are screen-based and contrived by the limitations of programming. They can be helpful, but they lack spontaneity and authenticity. Learning a foreign language needs to be all about communication, rather than learning new words to earn a reward online. As such, the traditional pen friend system remains one of the most effective and enjoyable processes that makes communication natural. Your child wants to learn because they want to share with their pen pal. Besides, there’s something real and exciting about receiving a letter.
Tap into the creative mind
Last but not least, the digital world lacks creativity. While children can be exposed to many ideas during online lessons, their learning environment is too limited to encourage brain plasticity. When the brain makes new connections, it changes shape, which is what brain plasticity means. Spending time in nature relaxes the mind and encourages the creative process. On the other hand, screen time can be stressful for the brain, which is why it’s more difficult to create new ideas.
As important as screens are in our lives, we need to learn to control our screen time. Making time and space for off-screen activities in your child’s education can have huge benefits. The bottom line: a digital-free education makes no sense. Yet, an education system that encourages children to seek activities away from their laptops and smartphones can boost creativity, knowledge, and success.
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