The Reading / Listening - Screen Time - Level 1

Children should not watch TV, tablet or mobile phone screens before bedtime. Researchers found "screen time" before sleeping is bad for children's health. The researchers looked at studies on how bad screen time is for children. They said that 90 per cent of the studies found that screen time delays bedtime. It also leads to less sleep, and poorer sleep quality. Screens are small, so children look at them in bed. Most children have a screen in their bedroom.



Children need more sleep than adults. Pre-school children need up to 13 hours, pre-teens up to 12 hours, and teenagers up to ten hours a night. There are three reasons why screens affect children's sleep. First, the light from screens upsets a child's body clock. It makes children think it is daytime. Second, videos excite children and keep their brain active, so they take longer to sleep. Finally, children are not exercising, so they are not tired.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Screen Time - Level 0 Screen Time - Level 2   or  Screen Time - Level 3

Sources
  • https://qz.com/1120797/the-paradise-papers-data-leak-is-about-growing-inequality/
  • https://www.romper.com/p/too-much-screen-time-before-bed-is-affecting-how-much-sleep-kids-get-its-hurting-their-health-3227415
  • https://www.treehugger.com/health/screen-time-bed-hard-kids.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Children should
  2. bad for children's
  3. how bad screen time
  4. screen time delays
  5. poorer sleep
  6. Screens are
  7. children look at
  8. Most children have a screen
  1. small
  2. bedtime
  3. in their bedroom
  4. not watch TV
  5. them in bed
  6. health
  7. quality
  8. is for children

Paragraph 2

  1. Children need more
  2. Pre-school
  3. the light from screens upsets
  4. It makes children think
  5. videos
  6. keep their brain
  7. they take longer
  8. children are not exercising, so
  1. active
  2. they are not tired
  3. excite children
  4. children
  5. a child's body clock
  6. sleep than adults
  7. it is daytime
  8. to sleep

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Children (1) ___________________ TV, tablet or mobile phone screens before bedtime. Researchers (2) ___________________ before sleeping is bad for children's health. The researchers (3) ___________________ on how bad screen time is for children. They said that 90 per cent (4) ___________________ found that screen time delays bedtime. It also leads to less sleep, and (5) ___________________. Screens are small, so children look at them in bed. Most children have (6) ___________________ their bedroom.

Children need more (7) ___________________. Pre-school children need up to 13 hours, (8) ___________________ to 12 hours, and teenagers up to ten (9) ___________________. There are three reasons why screens affect children's sleep. First, the light from screens (10) ___________________ body clock. It makes children think it is daytime. Second, videos excite children and keep (11) ___________________, so they take longer to sleep. Finally, children are not exercising, so they (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ChildrenshouldnotwatchTV,tabletormobilephonescreensbeforebedt
ime.Researchersfound"screentime"beforesleepingisbadforchildren'
shealth.Theresearcherslookedatstudiesonhowbadscreentimeisforc
hildren.Theysaidthat90percentofthestudiesfoundthatscreentimedel
aysbedtime.Italsoleadstolesssleep,andpoorersleepquality.Screens
aresmall,sochildrenlookattheminbed.Mostchildrenhaveascreeninth
eirbedroom.Childrenneedmoresleepthanadults.Pre-schoolchildre
nneedupto13hours,pre-teensupto12hours,andteenagersuptotenh
oursanight.Therearethreereasonswhyscreensaffectchildren'ssleep.
First,thelightfromscreensupsetsachild'sbodyclock.Itmakeschildrent
hinkitisdaytime.Second,videosexcitechildrenandkeeptheirbrainacti
ve,sotheytakelongertosleep.Finally,childrenarenotexercising,sothe
yarenottired.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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