Why are we taking this so seriously? • 48 children died in schools last year. • 9 out of 10 were stopped before they were able to carry out the violent act. • Most importantly…we know why this is happening and we know how to intervene.
Why has the violence increased? The American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics have looked at 30 years of research and agree that media violence is a causal factor in the violent behavior we are seeing in our children today.
Factors in violence: • Poverty • Gangs • Drugs • Broken families • Guns in kids hands • Media violence
Prior to 25 years ago, there were virtually NO DOCUMENTED juvenile massacres. • In the last 10 years there have been 100’s. • Why? • More than one reason!!
Brain Scan Research done at the Indiana University School of Medicine Brain activity during a logical decision making activity.
Brain Scan Research done at the Indiana University School of Medicine Brain activity while viewing a video game.
It’s an addiction, but the good news is… The damage isn’t permanent! • There is an actual withdrawal. • A tolerance to media violence builds up and kids need more to get that same chemical change in the brain. • Like any other addiction, detoxification is possible. • It takes 3-4 days.
Research shows… • Children who have less screen time get better grades in school. • Children who watch too much TV may lack social skills. • Children are seduced by advertising. • Children develop feelings of inadequacy. • Children who have high screen use are more susceptible to attention deficit disorder.
Benefits to Less Screen Time • More family time • More healthy life style • Get off the couch and do something. • Less snacking. • More time for reading & school work • More time for social interactions • Less nagging for toys
Student Challenge • To become aware of how much time they spend on screens • To become aware of what they are viewing • Think of other activities they could do • Learn how to budget their screen time
Teacher Challenge • Integrate the student challenges into the current state curriculum that you are expected to teach. • Include administrators, other teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, and social workers in the challenge.
Parent Challenge • Support your child with his/her screen awareness challenge • Encourage your child to read, play ball, play games, or just imagine • Take this opportunity to spend more time with your child