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

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, September 4th, 2015

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.

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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Directors’ group: Eddie Garcia’s passing is a reminder of the importance of safety protocols in film, TV

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, June 21st, 2019

Eddie Garcia’s passing is a reminder of the importance of safety protocols in film and TV according to Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, Inc. (DGPI).

READ: Eddie Garcia passes away at 90

“The DGPI believes that his tragic passing is a sad and urgent reminder to the film and television industries that safety protocols at work and on the set are of paramount importance,” according to their statement

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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PNP forms task force to address bullying

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has formed a task force to address school bullying.

According to PNP Spokesperson Pol. Col. Bernard Banac, from January 2017 to March 2019, there had been 22 reported cases of cyberbullying among minors.

“The PNP has formed task units to address bullying in schools and conduct intelligence and information gathering against kidnappings in schools, presence of improvised explosive devices, and other efforts against threats as feared by the public, as part of our police effort,” he said.

Banac also added that any form of bullying should be reported to the authorities to hold the suspect liable.

“When it comes to incidents of bullying, it is important that the victims should immediately inform the police to address these incidents,” he said.(with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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No serious threats in the opening of classes—AFP

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) assured that there are no serious threats in the opening of classes on Monday (June 3).

AFP Spokesperson BGen. Edgardo Arevalo said they have lowered the alert status to normal. However, he reiterated that the AFP will still impose heightened security at schools especially in Mindanao.

“This time wala naman tayong nakikitang ganoon kalaki o kaseryosong banta o pangangailangan upang gawin natin ang red alert status kagaya ng ginawa nating paghahanda kagaya ng eleksyon (We have not monitored any huge or serious threats at this time to declare a red alert status similar to what we did during the elections),” he said.

Arevalo added that the AFP will continue to assist the Department of Education in the ongoing Brigada Eskwela.

“Nagpapatuloy pa ang ibang areas tungkol sa Brigada Eskwela, upang hindi lamang ihanda ang seguridad para sa ating mga estudyante kundi maging physical na kahandaan ng kanilang mga paaralan (Brigada Eskwela continues in other areas to ensure the security of students as well as to ensure the physical preparedness of schools),” he said.

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