Posts in Afterschool Activities
President's proposed budget cuts slash after-school funding = more screen time

In the president’s plan, the Department of Education’s total budget would be slashed by $9 billion. One of the hardest hit will be after-school programs, key support for families.

More than $1.2 billion in grants for after-school programs are on the chopping block. These programs are essential for reducing time kids, and teens spend on screens and increasing academic and behavioral performance.  

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Afterschool activities: One way to reduce screen time

Teens spend of on average 6.5 hours a day on screens of all sizes, according to a recent survey by the Kaiser Foundation. Kids spend an average of 9 hours a day on media--so this includes listening to music, which is not included in the screen time figure (Common Sense Media recent survey). To reduce screen time, the screen time hours need to be replaced with other activities. Afterschool programs are one solution to helping kids find interests outside of social media, online content and video games.

 

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