Principal Blog- October

Dear AXL Community,

For this blog post, I will be posting information about managing the amount of screen time scholars at AXL Academy have.

In our Crew Climate Surveys at AXL Academy, nearly 30% of our K-3 scholars reported that their parents do not set limits on screen time at home. For grades 4-8, the mean score for the following question was the lowest out of all of the questions on the survey: “I try to limit how much time I spend on social media and video games”. In both of these surveys, managing screen time presented itself as an issue for AXL Academy scholars and families.

Increased screen time has positively correlated with symptoms of depression, thinning of the brain’s cortex, and lower scores on language tests (Hong et al., 2013; San Diego State University, 2017). As research continues to develop, it is apparent that increased screen time impacts brain development and shows its effects through depression and decreased cognitive functioning. There have been studies that delineate the impacts between what is being done when using screen time. For example, studies have shown that social media use is more likely to cause suicidal tendencies than other forms of screen time.

Here are some tips from Harvard Medical school to help limit screen time at home:

  • Set time limits in the settings.

  • Put down your own device and be present with others.

  • Be aware of what apps kids are using.

  • Set a digital curfews and avoid screen time before bed.

  • Spend family time outdoors

  • Schedule “no technology” time.

As we progress into the age of technology and artificial intelligence, it will be important for us and our scholars to make informed decisions based on critical thought and experience. Technology and screen time can contribute to these outcomes, but we must be aware of the negative effects it can have as well. Let’s all stay balanced and informed.

Hong, Soon-Beom, Jae-Won Kim, Eun-Jung Choi, Ho-Hyun Kim, Jeong-Eun Suh, Chang-Dai Kim, Paul Klauser, et al. “Reduced Orbitofrontal Cortical Thickness in Male Adolescents with Internet Addiction.” Behavioral and Brain Functions 9, no. 1 (2013): 11. doi:10.1186/1744-9081-9-11.

San Diego State University. (2017, November 14). Screen time might boost depression, suicide behaviors in teens: A new study finds that teens, especially girls, who spend several hours per day on phones and tablets are more likely to be depressed and have suicide-related outcomes. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 19, 2022 from