H started secondary school a few weeks ago. He’s very tired and doesn’t want to do much in the evenings other than eat and look at a screen. Obviously, homework needs to be done and he does do a couple of evening activities, but other than that he likes to watch videos on YouTube mostly. BIC® contacted me recently about screen time and offered us some pens and other stationery goodies to encourage H to do something else other than screen. One thing he does love doing is creating his own creatures and stories. Sometimes he’s created card or board games and other times he likes to write an adventure. I would much rather he do that than look at a screen, so I make sure there is some wind downtime built into the day, so that he gets to do something different.
New research has revealed that kids have been spending just 3 hours per day away from their screens, while only 31% of parents admitted to giving a bored child a digital device to keep them occupied. Conducted by BIC® as part of its Young Artist Award, the study found that kids complain about being bored on average 122 times a month – that’s 1,500 times a year. With the words “I’m bored” being dreaded by 69% of parents. In response to the findings, renowned child education consultant Dr Martin Stephen said that “boredom is a brilliant platform from which children learn to use their imaginations …. It’s important that we continue to develop core skills such as drawing and writing.”
He continued, “Drawing and writing with a pen aren’t old fashioned and out-dated – they’re proved state-of-the-art and affordable boosters to the child’s body and brain: the ultimate fertiliser for the imagination.”
H’s enthusiasm for drawing is great to see and now he’s getting some dedicated art time in the school week too. It seems daft to me that this time is provided at secondary, but there wasn’t a lot of time for art at primary for some (probably SATs related) reason.