We’re taking on screen time in schools… one POPP table at a time.
Not only is the use of digital technology becoming increasingly prevalent in the adult world, but it’s also an important part of school curriculums. There is a strong argument for the benefits and importance of technology in education, but what effect is all of this screen time having on students? Research has shown:
- Children who spend too much time in front of screens risk health problems such as obesity and issues with posture.
- Too much screen time is linked to an epidemic of myopia (shortsightedness) among young people.
- There has been a correlation between excessive screen time and reduced levels of enjoyment in other activities, such as outdoor exercise and imaginative play.
- Many children who spend more time on electronic devices have reported feeling less energetic and fit.
The Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines recommends that children and young people aged 5 – 17 should have no more than two hours of screen time each day.
When you add the technology in classrooms to screen time at home, and compound that with the growing statistics of obesity amongst children, the need to find more physical activity is clear as day.
Outdoor ping pong has proven to be a perfect solution to create activity opportunity and keep students engaged and interested both in and out of the classroom. Physical activity enhances children’s cognitive functioning, concentration and on-task behaviour, and, when played regularly, provides children with the optimum psychological condition for maximising learning.
With the increased use of technology in home and school environments, students are being exposed to fewer opportunities that allow them to learn and practice social and emotional skills. Outdoor ping pong provides opportunities for students to experience these self-managed developments which result in increased student satisfaction, academic engagement and an increased resilience to deal with change and unpredictability – an essential skill for positive mental health.
POPP tables provide students a platform to develop skills in cooperation, conflict management, social connectedness (making friends) and recognising and managing their own feelings.
All of that from a table sport!
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