The Reading / Listening - Screen Time - Level 2

New research shows children should not watch TV, tablet or mobile phone screens before bedtime. Researchers found that "screen time" before sleeping is bad for children's health. The researchers looked at over 60 different studies on how bad screen time is for children aged from 5 to 17. They said that 90 per cent of the studies found that screen time delays bedtime. It also leads to fewer hours of sleep, and poorer sleep quality. Screens are becoming smaller, so children can look at them in bed. Most children in the study had some kind of 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 should get around nine hours a night. The researchers found three reasons why screens affected children's sleep. First, the light from screens upsets a child's body clock. It gets into children's eyes before they sleep, and makes children think it is daytime. Second, children watch videos of things that excite them. This keeps their brain active, so they take longer to sleep. Finally, when children are watching screens, they are not exercising, so they are not tired.

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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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. bad for children's
  2. researchers looked at over
  3. screen time delays
  4. It also leads to fewer
  5. Screens are becoming
  6. children can look
  7. Most children in
  8. some kind of screen
  1. hours of sleep
  2. the study
  3. health
  4. in their bedroom
  5. bedtime
  6. smaller
  7. 60 different studies
  8. at them in bed

Paragraph 2

  1. Children need more
  2. get around nine
  3. The researchers found three
  4. screens affected
  5. the light
  6. upsets a child's body
  7. makes children think it is
  8. This keeps their brain
  1. from screens
  2. children's sleep
  3. daytime
  4. reasons why
  5. sleep than adults
  6. active
  7. clock
  8. hours a night

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

New research shows children (1) ___________________ TV, tablet or mobile phone screens before bedtime. Researchers found that "screen time" before sleeping (2) ___________________ children's health. The researchers looked (3) ___________________ different studies on how bad screen time is for children aged from 5 to 17. They said that 90 per cent (4) ___________________ found that screen time delays bedtime. It (5) ___________________ fewer hours of sleep, and poorer sleep quality. Screens are becoming smaller, so children can (6) ___________________ in bed. Most children in the study had some kind of screen in their bedroom.

Children (7) ___________________ than adults. Pre-school children need up to 13 hours, pre-teens up to 12 hours, and teenagers (8) ___________________ nine hours a night. The researchers found three reasons why screens affected children's sleep. First, the light from screens (9) ___________________ body clock. It gets into children's (10) ___________________ sleep, and makes children think it is daytime. Second, children watch videos of things that excite them. This keeps (11) ___________________, so they take longer to sleep. Finally, when children are watching screens, they are not exercising, so they (12) _________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

NewresearchshowschildrenshouldnotwatchTV,tabletormobilephon
escreensbeforebedtime.Researchersfoundthat"screentime"befores
leepingisbadforchildren'shealth.Theresearcherslookedatover60diff
erentstudiesonhowbadscreentimeisforchildrenagedfrom5to17.The
ysaidthat90percentofthestudiesfoundthatscreentimedelaysbedtim
e.Italsoleadstofewerhoursofsleep,andpoorersleepquality.Screensa
rebecomingsmaller,sochildrencanlookattheminbed.Mostchildrenint
hestudyhadsomekindofscreenintheirbedroom.Childrenneedmoresl
eepthanadults.Pre-schoolchildrenneedupto13hours,pre-teensupt
o12hours,andteenagersshouldgetaroundninehoursanight.Theresea
rchersfoundthreereasonswhyscreensaffectedchildren'ssleep.First,t
helightfromscreensupsetsachild'sbodyclock.Itgetsintochildren'seye
sbeforetheysleep,andmakeschildrenthinkitisdaytime.Second,childr
enwatchvideosofthingsthatexcitethem.Thiskeepstheirbrainactive,s
otheytakelongertosleep.Finally,whenchildrenarewatchingscreens,t
heyarenotexercising,sotheyarenottired.

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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