Teachers worry about pupils' screen time and sociability post-lockdown

Teachers worry about pupils’ screen time and ability to interact after lockdown, survey reveals

  • Teachers fear for pupils’ screen time and sociability in a post-lockdown world 
  • 76 per cent are concerned about the number of hours children spend on phones 
  • During pandemic, youngsters suffered from lack of in-person interactions
  • School closures forced pupils into unfamiliar remote learning environment  

A majority of teachers are worried about pupils’ screen time and ability to interact after lockdown, a survey said.

During the pandemic, youngsters suffered from a lack of in-person interactions and teaching when schools were closed.

In a survey of 1,1190 school staff, the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) and Tooled Up Education found 76 per cent are concerned about the number of hours children have spent on screens such as iPads and phones.

More than three quarters of teachers are worried about pupils’ screen time and their ability to interact after lockdown, a survey has found

In a survey of 1,1190 school staff, the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) and Tooled Up Education found 76 per cent are concerned about the number of hours children have spent on screens such as iPads and phones. [File image]

And 67 per cent worry about pupils’ ability to interact face-to-face after long periods spent at home with technology.

Overall, 70 per cent are anxious about pupils’ mental health but almost half said they lack the confidence to discuss these issues with families. 

Christopher King, of IAPS, said: ‘Lockdown took its toll on everyone, but for younger children it was a crucial stage in life for the development of their social skills and emotions.’

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