Screen Time: Move-Time (K-2)
In the Screen-Time theme, the Why Limit Screen Time? lesson should be taught prior to this lesson
- Review negative consequences of too much screen-time
- Do exercises that can be done instead of or while watching TV
- Stopwatch, or watch with a second hand
- Too Much TV handout (one half-page per participant)
- Cut apart the Too Much TV handouts on the broken lines.
- Briefly review negative consequences of too much screen-time by having participants name a few of them. (Possible answers: Eyes and head hurt; don’t feel like moving; miss out on spending time or playing with friends and family; want to buy what I see on TV).
- Tell participants they’re going to learn a song that names a few of the reasons that too much screen-time isn’t good for them. Point out that the music part of the song might sound like something they’ve heard before. Hum the tune to “Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?”. Then tell them they’re going to sing different words to this music
- Teach participants the song. [Note: Underlined, boldfaced words and syllables are the strong beats and should be given the most stress.]
Too Much TV
(sung to the tune of “Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?”)
Have you ever spent too much time
In front of a TV?
Well, I have and I can tell you
What happened to me.
My eyes hurt.
My head hurt.
My legs hurt.
So remember what I’ve said
When you’re watching TV!
- Give each participant a Too Much TV handout. Tell them to show it to their family and sing the song for them. Tell them to also share what they’ve learned about screen-time.
[Alternative: If you can’t make copies of the Too Much TV handout, tell participants to sing the song for their family and to share what they’ve learned about screen-time.]
Briefly review the concept of energy balance by saying or paraphrasing the following:
Let’s remember what you’ve learned about keeping your body in balance.
When your body uses up all the food you eat each day, it’s in balance. Doing lots of GO activities and eating mostly GO foods help your body stay in balance.
But what happens if you eat more food than your body uses up? (Your body will get out of balance, and over time you may gain too much weight.) This is even more likely to happen if you don’t do enough GO activities or if you eat a lot of WHOA foods.
Think about kids who have a lot more than two hours of screen-time a day. Do you think their body is more likely to be out of balance? (Yes)
Why? (Because they’re probably not doing enough GO activities)
One way to keep your body in balance is to replace some of your screen-time with move-time. Doing exercises is one kind of move-time. You can do exercises even while you’re watching TV or a movie.
- Tell participants they’re going to do some exercises they can also do at home—either instead of screen-time or while they’re watching TV.
- Allow participants a few minutes to think of an exercise they can lead other participants in doing. Circulate among them so they can quietly tell you the exercise they have in mind. If some participants need an idea, or if several of them have the same exercise in mind, use the following list as a resource:
- Toe touches
- Knee lifts
- March in place
- Jumping jacks
- Arms in circles
- Imaginary jump-rope
- Scissor jumps
- Jog in place
- Tiptoe walk in place
- Jump forward and backward
- Jump to the right and left
- Hop on one foot
As time allows, have each participant lead the entire group to do their exercise for about 30 seconds. Then review the recommended daily amount of physical activity by saying or paraphrasing the following:
It’s best to do GO activities every day. How many minutes should you try to do them each day? (At least 60 minutes) Do you have to do the 60 minutes all at one time? (No)
Try to remember some of the exercises you did just now, and then do them instead of screen-time or while you’re watching TV. Doing these exercises will help you reach a total of 60 minutes of GO activities a day.
- Tell participants to teach family members some of the exercises they did during the lesson.
- Have participants verbally set a goal not to have more than two hours of screen-time on the next day.
Do a goal check two days later. Lead participants in a round of applause for those who achieved their goal. Ask a few of those who achieved their goal to name an activity they didn’t do so they could have less screen-time. Ask a few other participants the activity they did during the time they weren’t in front of a screen.
Encourage remaining participants to keep working to achieve their goal.