8 Things Kids Growing Up In a Digital World Should Do

If you were born after 1995 the Internet is older than you are. But, you probably couldn’t imagine life without being online, could you?

Are you addicted to digital activities like video games, texting, and social media?

This lesson will improve your English and give reasons to spend more time in the real world instead of the cyber world.

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo – Growing Up In a Digital World 

Growing Up In a Digital World

1. What’s the boy most likely doing on his smartphone?

2. Do you think he’s in his bedroom, the library, or somewhere else?

3. Why is he wearing his jacket indoors?

4. Would you say he’s studying for a test or writing a paper?

5. Do you keep your smartphone on while studying?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It – Growing Up In a Digital World 

1. Where do you spend most of your time playing?

  • At the outdoor playground
  • In the school gym
  • At a local recreation centre
  • In my home
  • In my front/backyard
  • In my neighbourhood street
  • In my garage
  • In the park
  • Elsewhere

2. How many minutes/hours do you get of exercise each day?

  • 5 minutes
  • 15 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 45 minutes
  • 60 minutes
  • 90 minutes
  • 120 minutes (2 hours)

3. Do you think you are more or less active than your parents were when they were teens?

  • More active
  • Equally active
  • Less active

4. Who are you uncomfortable making eye contact with?

  • Parents
  • Teacher(s)
  • Friends
  • Grandparents
  • School Bus driver
  • Strangers
  • Parents friends
  • Other

5. Do your parents ask you to take digital breaks?

  • Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Seldom
  • Never

6. Which areas does your school have a “turn off your digital device” policy? Choose all that apply

  • In the entire school
  • Just during class
  • In hallways
  • Only during tests
  • In the lunchroom
  • In the library
  • Only during gymnasium assemblies
  • There is no such policy

7. Do you prefer to read/ buy paper books or ebooks?

  • Paper books
  • Ebooks

8. When was the last time you played a board game with family, friends or your classmates?

  • Yesterday
  • A few days ago
  • Last week
  • Last month
  • Last year
  • I can’t remember

9. How many virtual friends do you have?

  • 0
  • 10
  • 25
  • 50
  • 100
  • 250
  • 500
  • 1,000

10. Who do you spend more time with – your physical friends or your virtual friends?

  • Physical (%)
  • Virtual (%)

Part III: Share Your Opinions – Growing Up In a Digital World 

Growing Up In a Digital World

Discuss the Photo

1. Is his wheelchair motorized?

2. Is putting a laptop on your lap unhealthy?

3. Do you have your own laptop or do you share one with your family?

Discussion Activity

8 Things Kids Growing Up In a Digital World Should Do

Below are 8 ways to cut down on your digital addiction and improve your life.  Read them alone and then choose 4 you will start following tomorrow. Then, compare and discuss your choices with classmates.

  • Increase the number of activities you do outside daily
  • Pick up the phone and call people more instead of texting at least once a day
  • Tell your parents to take digital breaks too (dinner time, family time) every day
  • Buy 1 paper book per month instead of digital ones. This will improve your reading comprehension
  • Play board games or card games instead of video games once a week
  • Set a goal to actually meet in person some of your virtual friends once a week
  • Do hands on activities like building puzzles toy models once a week. You’re never too old for Lego
  • Spend 1 hour less each night online. Sleep is more important.

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