Beginning this school year, preschool and kindergarten students will no longer be permitted to use screens in the classroom unless they are actively engaged by a teacher.
Most students won’t see the law’s effects until the next school year starts, according to the Minnesota Department of Education, which implemented the law on July 1.
When utilizing a tablet, smartphone, or any other digital device, children under the age of 13 must only use it for personal use. A screen-based activity or project with instruction from a teacher is included in this “independent practice and exploration within the context of the lesson.”
The vast majority of parents, however, are aware that their children, like everyone else, spend time in front of devices. One hour of high-quality programming per day is the maximum amount of screen time that the Mayo Clinic recommends for children aged 2 to 5.
Of course, this does not imply that every single youngster will behave well and follow the guidelines. So, how can parents be sure that their preschoolers and kindergarteners will abide by the new law? According to the text of the law, it is the responsibility of local school districts and their staff to ensure that their students receive the “tools and support to follow this legislation.”