DepEd sets recommended screen time for online students

in World News

The Department of Education (DepEd) said schools should consider the screen time guidelines by age recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization in their distance learning strategies.

In a Department Memorandum 2020-00162, “Suggested Strategies in Implementing Distance Learning Delivery Modalities for School Year 2020-2021”, DepEd said Kindergarten pupils should have maximum of one hour daily screen time; Grades 1 to 5, maximum of 1.5 hours daily; Grades 6 to 8, maximum of two hours; Grades 9 to 12, a maximum of four hours daily ( two hours in the morning and another two hours in the afternoon).

Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said this strategy was suggested pending the “Policy Guidelines on the Implementation of Learning Delivery Modalities for Formal Education” that would be issued to schools which were closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“In Preparation of the Weekly Home Learning Plan and Class

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