A new study has found kids who spend more time watching video on the internet may actually be learning faster.
Key points:The study suggests children who spend less time in the “studio” and are less likely to go to school are less reliant on the teachers and are likely to achieve higher scoresOverall, the study found children who spent more time in “the studio” and were less likely have a higher reading score compared to children who were in the school environment.
“In the absence of any other school, children who had less time on the computer were more likely to be reading than those who had more time,” study author Dr Julie Wark, from the University of Adelaide’s School of Education, said.
“The effect is that they were able to see things on a different level.”
Dr Wark said the study did not look at what age children would start watching videos, or how much they were exposed to them.
“What we are trying to do here is to identify which children who are less exposed to media are more likely they will be reading,” she said.
Dr Wart said the findings showed the need for schools to take action to keep kids from wasting their time on distractions.
“They should be given a choice of what they want to do with their time and where they want it to go,” she added.
“Teachers need to have the tools to encourage kids to spend time in different ways, and they need to be able to intervene when that time is spent elsewhere.”
Dr Wyre-Jones said there was no doubt that kids who spent less time studying were less dependent on the school and were more inclined to be in the class.
“Kids who spend the least time on social media and in the studio are also less likely in their own education to be getting a good start in their schooling,” she told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“That suggests that when they are in the schools they are doing well.”
Dr Chris Trews, from Monash University, said the new research highlighted how the importance of “studying” was increasing.
“There’s an increasing number of children that are getting more and more exposed to online video,” he said.
Topics:arts-and-entertainment,education,education-facilities,kids,science-and_technology,internet-technology,education—australiaFirst posted May 01, 2018 18:00:07Contact Karen McBrideMore stories from Western Australia