Concerns over elearning time spent by children

In a previous article that appeared in 2017, parents spoke about their fears that their children were already having to deal with elearning and their worry that they may be spending too much time online, read the article below

While parents are excited about the new e-learning platform that gives students access to a range of learning tools, they worry it will mean more screen time for their children.

The Singapore Student Learning Space will be rolled out to all schools from next year.

With it, students can learn at their own pace anywhere, any time by having access to videos, games and animations that will reinforce the learning of subjects, including English, mathematics and even physical education.

A parent, Mrs Patricia Tan, 41, worries that her 10-year-old son may end up spending too much time on devices.

“They may end up fiddling with their devices even when they are not using the resources,” she said.

Studies bear out her concern – a recent one by think-tank DQ Institute and Nanyang Technological University found that 12-year-olds already spend almost 46 hours a week glued to a screen, while nine-year-olds are spending over 24 hours a week doing the same.

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