Extra screen time drags down teenagers’ exam grades, study finds
admin • September 4, 2015 • 3195
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Teenagers who spend an extra hour a day surfing the internet, watching TV or playing computer games risk performing two grades worse in exams than their peers who don’t, according to research by British scientists. In a study of more than 800 students aged 14 and 15, researchers from Cambridge University also found that physical activity had no effect on academic performance. Since this was a prospective study, in which the researchers followed the pupils over time to see how different behaviors affected performance, the scientists said it was reasonable to conclude that too much screen time reduced academic achievement. “We only measured this.. in Year 10, but this is likely to be a reliable snapshot of participants’ usual behavior, so we can reasonably suggest that screen time may be damaging to a teenager’s grades,” said Kirsten Corder of Cambridge’s Centre for Diet and Activity Research, who co-led the work. The study, published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, found the average amount of screen time per day was four hours. An extra hour in front of the TV or online at age 14-and-a-half was linked with 9.3 fewer exam points at age 16 — equivalent to two grades, for example from a B to a D. Two extra hours was linked to 18 fewer points. Unsurprisingly, the results also showed that pupils doing an extra hour of daily homework and reading scored better – getting on average 23.1 more points than their peers. The scientists said further research was needed to confirm the effect conclusively, but advised parents worried about their children’s grades to consider limiting screen time. In a breakdown analysis of different screen activities, the researchers found that TV came out as the most detrimental in terms of exam performance.
In a statement the World University Rankings said that global higher education has grown considerably in recent years.
“Between 2000 and 2014, the number of university students across the world more than doubled to 207 million,” according to their statement which cited a paper published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.
Two Manila ordinances, signed by Mayor Isko Moreno, will provide P500 monthly allowance to Persons with Disability (PWD), seniors, students, and solo parents.
On Thursday, Moreno has signed two ordinances granting the release of a P500 monthly financial assistance for Grade 12 students of city government-run schools, senior citizens, persons with disability and solo parents.
Under Ordinance No. 8564, qualified Grade 12 students will receive P500 monthly allowance from the local government, provided that they have a good standing, must be a bonafide resident and registered voter in the City of Manila.
If the student is not of legal age to become a voter, his or her relatives should be a registered voter.
Students may still be disqualified from receiving the monthly allowance if they were dismissed from school.
Ordinance No. 8565, meanwhile, grants P500 monthly allowance to senior citizens, PWDs, and solo parents who are residents of Manila. Senior citizens must be a bonafide resident, registered voter and included in the master list of the Manila Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs.
For PWDs and solo parents, they also have to be bonafide residents, registered voters and included in the master list of the Manila Department of Social Welfare.
Moreno, meanwhile, said this is a first time an ordinance was passed in just three weeks.
“Sa buong buhay ko, bilang lokal na mambabatas ng Lungsod ng Maynila, sa loob ng 18 taon, ngayon lang ako nakarinig ng ordinansa na naipasa sa loob lamang ng tatlong linggo (In my time as a lawmaker in the City of Manila—for 18 years, this is the first time I heard that an ordinance was passed in just three weeks),” he said. —AAC
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The group also said that Garcia contributed generously to the national film culture as an actor right up to the age of 90.
They also extend their condolences to the family of Eddie Garcia.
Garcia passed away on Thursday (June 20) after suffering a neck fracture. He tripped over a cable wire while shooting a scene for a TV series.—AAC
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