Extra screen time drags down teenagers’ exam grades, study finds

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Farah Baker, 16, uses her phone to tweet in her family's home in Gaza City, August 10, 2014. REUTERS/SIEGFRIED MODOLA

Farah Baker, 16, uses her phone to tweet in her family’s home in Gaza City, August 10, 2014.
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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.

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PH internet speed continues to improve — DICT

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The average internet speed in the Philippines continues to improve, according to the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT).

The DICT said the latest figures from the Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index show that for July 2021, the country recorded an average download speed of 71.17 megabits per second (Mbps) for fixed broadband.

This is a significant increase from the 66.55 Mbps average speed recorded in June. For mobile internet, meanwhile, the average download speed is now at 33.69 Mbps from 32.84 Mbps the previous month.

With the said improvements, the global ranking of the Philippines currently sits at 63rd out of 180 countries for fixed broadband and 72nd out of 139 countries for mobile internet. In Asia, the Philippines ranked 17th for fixed broadband and 23rd for mobile internet out of 50 countries.

DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II said the increase in internet speed in the country was the result of President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive last year for telcos to improve their services amid the pandemic.

“Your DICT will continue to coordinate with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) as well as with other government agencies and private stakeholders to ensure that internet speeds for fixed broadband and mobile internet will continue their upward trajectory in the coming months,” he said.

The department also strengthened its roll-out of digital connectivity initiatives, especially the Common Tower Policy which not only allows sharing of cell towers among telcos but also promotes streamlined processing of permits for building common towers.

The DICT, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), and other key agencies also issued the revised and expanded Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No 001, s. 2021 for the streamlined process of securing permits, licenses, and authorizations for building Passive Telecommunications Tower Infrastructures (PTTIs).

Majority of jobs in PH are high-risk COVID-19 spreaders

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 25, 2020

Majority of the jobs that will help sustain the Philippine economy have a higher risk of spreading the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to a study by the University of the Philippines (UP).

Based on the study, 82% of the job types in the Philippines are essential in sustaining the country’s economy in the next two months. However, 65% of these jobs have high potential to spread the virus.

“Our main challenge then is that the majority of these jobs have high potential to spread the COVID-19 disease as they require close or regular interaction with people,” the study reads.

Other than health workers who make up 13.8% of the jobs, other concerned occupations belong to the food, agriculture, manufacturing, and service sectors, according to the study.

Due to this, the UP team has noted that job risks related to the spread of COVID-19 can be managed through the use of PPEs, practice of proper hygiene and implementation of modified work arrangements to lessen contact.

“Manageable interventions like increasing PPE and hygiene practices and/or effectivity, and switching to work from home arrangements can lessen jobs at moderate to high risk by at least 21%,” according to the team. AAC

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Students put spoilers on Netflix ads to discourage people from going out

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 1, 2020

Two students in Germany launched a clever campaign to keep people, especially movie geeks, from going outdoors amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Art director Seine Kongruangkit and copywriter Matithorn Prachuabmoh Chaimoungkalo, from the Miami Ad School Europe, used people’s aversion to spoilers as inspiration in creating fake ads of popular Netflix shows.

Insight: People try hard to stay away from spoilers to their favourite show.

Idea: We discourage people from going out by putting up billboards filled with spoilers from Netflix Originals in gathering spaces.

“If the virus doesn’t stop you from going out, these spoilers will,” according to the description of the campaign ad.

The said campaign immediately went viral on social media with some thinking it is a good idea to keep people safe inside their home.

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