I recently came across an article posted by a classmate titled, Screen Literacy for the Next Generation. As an aspiring educator, I immediately became interested in this post.Today’s young children, from birth through age 8, are spending an average of two hours and 16 minutes with screen media on a typical day. More than a quarter of their screen time comes from playing on computers, video game consoles, cell phones and iPad-like tablets. The average age for first-time use of a computer is around 3-and-a-half years old.
There is no question that screen literacy is rapidly increasing in our society. The humanities and arts are significant and do indeed matter. It seems as if the issue arrises in mixing both screen literacy and actual reading skills. Since technology has taken such a toll on education, being skilled in both areas is important for children. Years ago, a child had to be taught reading and grammar skills. There never came up the subject of this idea of ‘screen literacy.’ Today, it seems as if there is no getting around it. The question is if “screen time” is educational or not?
“Our kids read and write more today than at any point in human history. They might not read novels and produce letters and books, but they do “read” texts, blogs, headlines, they listen to stories on YouTube or navigate stories in video games, and they “write” posts, and emails every single day.” (Henseler) It is important for children to not only grasp the concept of things happening not only off the screen but also behind and in front of the screen. Visualization expands our children’s understanding of content and shapes their outlook for the future. What do you think about the importance of screen literacy in a child’s education?