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How much time should you really spend on your computer?
It seems like everything is online these days: video chats, games, movies, social media, and classwork. Moving from one place to another is just a matter of changing screens.
Unfortunately, too much time in front of a screen can create health problems, including sleep deprivation, decreased ability to focus, unhealthy eating habits, and poor posture.
It may seem impossible to take a break from the digital landscape, especially when most of what we interact with is there, but you can, and you must!
One of the most important keys to limiting screen time is managing your time overall. This is a good skill to learn as it applies to all areas of your life: school, work, home, etc. For example, you could spend all night at a friend’s house on a weekday, and get home late. But will you have energy to get up for school the next morning? Probably not.
It’s the same story with screen time.
For whatever amount of time you spend looking at a screen, you need to spend that much time (or more) looking away from the screen. One way to do this is called the Pomodoro Technique. In Pomodoro, you work/engage in an activity for 25 minutes, then take a short break. Every four 25 minutes or “pomodoros,” you take a longer break.
You don’t have to do it this way exactly. Maybe you play a game for an hour, then take a 2 hour break. You can break up the time whichever way works best for you, so long as you’re consciously doing it.
Most of us are guilty of slumping over our phones, but it’s actually really bad for our backs! Make sure you are sitting up straight; hold your phone at eye level, instead of looking over it. Sit against something flat, with both feet on the floor. If you feel tension in your shoulders, neck or jaw, you’re probably hunching. 😉
Scientists are still gathering information about blue lights, but what we know so far is that too much isn’t great for the brain. It’s a good idea to stop all screen use a couple hours before bed to give your brain a chance to rest. Yes, I know you fall asleep to Netflix, but maybe turn it off 30 minutes before you sleep. Try it and see how it feels, before you chuck the idea altogether. You might wake up to more energy the next day.
If shortening your screen time feels absolutely impossible, please consider buying blue light filters for your phone, laptop, and even your eyeglasses (if you’re okay with a slight tint on the lenses).
Limiting screen time, correcting posture and blocking blue light are best practices that can help you succeed here in Virtual Learning at BMCHS, and in the digital landscape beyond.
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Device requirements and specifications can be found here: https://www.bishopmanogue.org/device-specifications/
- Students now have full access to Adobe Creative Suite! All they need are their student email/password to login.
- Login at Adobe.com
- Download Adobe Creative Cloud here: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/desktop-app.html
- Google Suite: The Miners 101 Bootcamp is available for all students who need help with any of the Google applications.
Please refer to the Virtual Learning Handbook for specific guidelines on Digital Safety.