Screenless presentation for secondary schools

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This presentation has been designed as part of the www.screenlessweek.co.uk resource and gives teachers a set of slides to use with pupils (aged 12 years +) to look at the issues of excessive screeen use.

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  • 1.Switch off to Switch On ?For Secondary Schools

2. Advice for teachers: This presentation will help you look at the issues of compulsive screen use withstudents. It has been designed for 12 years age and upwards. There are 2 parts to this presentation. The first part is to be used before you startthe week, the second after. The presentation looks at the ScreenLess activities but also looks at the issue ofonline empathy and whether being on our screens all the time somehow erodesour empathy for others. The presentation also looks at how excessive screen usecan affect our health and wellbeing. However these slides are really onlydiscussion starters. It is designed to be used in a classroom setting and to open up a discussion andgenerate positive feedback and reflection from young people. Of course for many of the students the idea of having a ScreenLess week will be ananathema, but remember this is not about having a no-screen week, its abouthelping all of us to think can we have a less screen week. Remember it doesnthave to be a whole week you can have a Screenless few days! Obviously you will know your pupils best and so we encourage you to use the slidein this presentation which you think can work best in opening up a discussion. There are notes for each slide on the bottom of each slide so review these beforeyou use with students. Finally let us know what worked or if we can provide further resources looking atthis topic. 3. Switch off to Switch On ?For Secondary Schools 4. YOUR MISSIONShould you choose to accept itCould you live without your screen(access to your mobile, games console, Ipad or the Internet)for a whole week ?If you took away my mobile phoneyou would take away a part of me 5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QsWQtDHhBg&sns=twIn a world where voicesare only read andlaughter is never heard,Im so desperate to feelthat I hope that thetechnology can reversethe universe so that thescreen can touch meback and maybe it willwhen our technology isadvanced enough tomake us human again!CONSTANTLY CONNECTEDHow does it feel ? 6. What ONE screen activity would youmiss the most if you couldnt use anyscreens for a whole week?FACEBOOKTWITTERBBM /WHATS UPNEWSRESEARCHSHOPPINGTEXTINGCAMERAMUSICSTAYING INTOUCH E.g.TOOLS &APPS E.g.LOCATIONGAMESACCESS TOINFO E.g.WEATHEROTHERS? 7. IS THERE A DANGER WE BECOMEADDICTED* TO OUR SCREENS ? When constant online time becomes aproblem or a dominant part of your life. When it starts interfering with schoolattendance, outside activities, or even sleep. When you become irritable, angry frustratedwhen you are not online. When you suffer withdrawal symptoms whennot online.* The word addicted is very strong, perhaps a better word is Compulsion 8. SCREEN-FREE WEEK ALSO GIVES US ACHANCE TO CHECK UP ON OUR HEALTHLate night technology use can : Affect sleep quality Contribute to mental exhaustion Increases drowsiness in schoolthe next day which has a directlink to learning Be a powerful distraction(completing homework!) Affect our offline relationships 9. BUT THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUTCHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE!Parents tell us that weare becoming addictedto our screens. We reply,"So are you, its just thatyou call it work!" 10. What practical thing do youthink would help you to usescreens less during the week?What things do you think willcome out of the ScreenLessweek?A diary will helpyou capture yourexperience. 11. Does the internet contribute toan erosion of empathy ? What happens when webecome comfortably numb ? How can we build empathyonline ?EMPATHYWhat is empathy? 12. You never really understand aperson until you consider thingsfrom his point of view.Until you climb inside of his skinand walk around in it.Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird 13. Empathy is the ability to put ourselves in anothersplace and to understand their experience.We are deeply present to their thoughts andfeelings with such compassionate accuracy thatthey can hear their own thoughts more clearly.Empathy connect us with ourcommon humanity.It protects us from prejudice,blame, and judgment thosethings that divide us from eachother. It moves us to seekjustice for every person. Eventhose with whom we disagree.With empathy, wereflect on how ouractions affect others.Empathy inspires usto be giving andselfless. Empathyconnects our hearts.Source www.boundlessconnections.org/weeklyvirtuesblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Empathy.jpg 14. Empathy is the ability to put ourselves in anothersplace and to understand their experience.We are deeply present to their thoughts andfeelings with such compassionate accuracy thatthey can hear their own thoughts more clearly.Empathy connect us with ourcommon humanity.It protects us from prejudice,blame, and judgment thosethings that divide us from eachother. It moves us to seekjustice for every person. Eventhose with whom we disagree.With empathy, wereflect on how ouractions affect others.Empathy inspires usto be giving andselfless. Empathyconnects our hearts.Source www.boundlessconnections.org/weeklyvirtuesblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Empathy.jpg 15. You better braceyourself for a whole lotof ugly coming to youfrom a never endingparade of stupidMotormouth Maybelle from HairsprayCasual Cruelty Lady Gaga has established herBorn This Way Foundation toempower young people to resistthe urge to engage in casualcruelty in the digital world. 16. What is it about using a mobilephone which can disinhibit us ?In small groupsWhat can happen when webecome less inhibited and hidebehind anonymity ?GROUP EXERCISE 17. What do you think could be the bestthing about not being on yourscreen for the next few days ? 18. Whos on for switching off ? 19. Note for teachers: The next 5 slides you can use after you haveundertaken the activity. Of course you can also adapt these slides and insertexamples of childrens work, your diary entries,results of a survey etc., etc. 20. HOW DID YOU GET ON ? 21. Well done for trying ! 22. HOW DID YOU GET ON ? What was the one personal thingwhich you learnt from unplugging? Did you feel agitated or tense,irritable or angry? If so why do youthink that was ? What was the best thing you did inplace of being on your screen ? How did you feel when you couldntuse your screens? 23. HAS ANYTHING CHANGED?As a result of doing the activity,are you going to do anythingdifferently from now on?What is the one tip you couldshare to others about keepinga screen-life balance ? 24. Complete the following sentenceI thought theScreenLess weekwas 25. Whos on for switching off ?

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