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How to deal with the new normal: SCREENS
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How to deal with the new normal: SCREENS

  • 25/Jun/2021

According to medical experts, too much screen time is dangerous for the health of the kids and it should be limited to a maximum of 2 hours. But, due to the ongoing scenarios in the fields of education and teaching, it is impossible to keep children away from screens. From education to entertainment, friends to relatives, everything is only accessible through the other side of the screen. The dependency of students on electronic devices such as laptops, desktops, tablets, and mobile phones has increased exponentially in recent times and it is something which cannot be helped but the effects of electronic screens on the health of students and teachers alike can be mitigated by following these tips: 1.Use the 20-20-20 rule After every 20 minutes spent on a screen, look away at something which is approximately 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This helps to relax the eyes. It can be followed by both teachers and students while teaching and studying. 2. Prefer laptops and desktop PCs, if available, for online classes Laptops and desktops can ensure that the students are seated in a correct posture and are at least a good amount of distance away from the screen. Even for mobile phones, keep them on stand some distance away. Don’t hold them directly in your hands, close to the face. 3. Develop a habit of blinking eyes frequently Blinking frequently helps in keeping the eyes wet and prevents irritation and dryness. Most people tend to blink less while staring at a screen, hence it is of utmost importance to develop a habit of blinking frequently. Following these tips on a regular basis will certainly help students and teachers in lessening the effects of long exposures to computer screens and reduce the strain on the eyes until the situation returns to “old” normal involving pen and paper. Written by: Akhilesh Kumar Saxena In charge, Senior Wing Lakhimpur Branch