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ICT, Digital Rest (or Tiredness?) Spending Free Time in Front of a Screen
ICT, Digital Rest (or Tiredness?) Spending Free Time in Front of a Screen

Author(s): Maja Ružić-Baf, Ranko Rajović, Andrea Debeljuh
Subject(s): ICT Information and Communications Technologies
Published by: UIKTEN - Association for Information Communication Technology Education and Science
Keywords: children; education, free time; ICT; NTC learning

Summary/Abstract: The usage of new information and communication technology and systems [1] in the modern society enables easier access to a growing number of services, tools and devices that in the present day are more available to the public than ever before and can be found in every social circle. This article concentrates on the usage of new information and communication technologies and TV among children from seven to ten years of life. The lack of movement and a sedentary lifestyle accompanied by the often usage of devices available to them may lead towards certain disorders among younger children (dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, growing number of children with flat feet), especially among children starting the first grade of elementary schools. This article shows a part of research conducted on a representative sample of 1286 subjects in Croatia, Italy and Serbia. In accordance with the needs of this article, the presented results were obtained by analyzing the following variables: time spent in front of the TV and computer daily and during the weekends, ownership of a smartphone, if the rules of the usage of a smartphone are set beforehand by parents/guardians/caretakers, usage of smartphones for accessing on-line video games and if the subjects use smartphones in class without the awareness of teachers and for their personal needs that don’t involve the class program. The article presents the results of the application of the NTC learning program which can help in solving the big issue of the urgent need to change the educational system.

  • Issue Year: 6/2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 883-887
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: English