Retain Hampton Elementary School Student's After School Basic Learning Foundation

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 We, the concerned parents and guardians of Central, Poff and Wyland Elementary schools would respectfully request the Hampton School Board not to implement excessive digital technology for elementary school age students. Please help eliminate the Digital Transformation Initiative by keeping children away from logging onto technology devices supplied by Hampton School District to accomplish homework after school.

 Currently, the majority of the Elementary school curriculum consists of paper and pencil learning, reading form text books and some use of technology which is not supplied by the school district. This method has shown successful, and has continued to increase the child’s knowledge who is being engaged by this learning method.

 Patricia Greenfield a distinguished professor of psychology at UCLA states ”Many people are looking at the benefits of digital media in education, and not looking at the costs. Decreased sensitivity to emotional cues-losing the ability to understand the emotions of other people-is one of the costs. The displacement of in-person social interaction by screen interaction seems to be reducing social skills.” [1]

 According to the American Academy of Pediatrics children should have 2 hours or less of screen time daily. Also another  study from the American Academy of Pediatrics “ regarding media use of school age children risks include negative health effects on weight, sleep; exposure to  inaccurate, inappropriate or unsafe content and contacts; and compromised privacy and confidentiality.”[2]

 There have been numerous trustworthy publications and studies that continue to raise concerns over technology and young children. As concerned parents and educational teachers we should listen to and be aware of the negative impacts over to much exposure to technology.  In the Article (5 Reasons Physical Books Might be Better than E-Books) speaks to this evidence. A study conducted by an Associate Professor of West Chester University indicates that E-reading reduces comprehension, readers can remember less about timelines and it is tiring on the eyes and brain.

 In addition, Dr. Natalie Phillip’s of Michigan State University observed” there is a global increase in the flow of the blood to the brain when paying attention to literary text. Various parts of the brain associated with touch, eye movement and spatial orientation is immersing the reader in the story. The internet culture is eliminating the imagination of young children.”(Paper Books vs Ebooks the state of art in Reading)

 We urge the school board to consider a policy that will eliminate the Digital Technology Initiative for our young elementary school students who want to continue to be a healthy, and socially engaging and creative student!

 

 

[1]
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/138/5/e20162592.full.pdf

[2]
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2016/10/19/peds.2016-2592

 



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