The Luxembourg Minister of Education Children and Youth, Claude Meisch, and Jeff Kaufmann, campaign coordinator at BEE SECURE, have launched the campaign “Family screens”. At the launch, the Minister pointed out the many obvious advantages of using digital media in education for children and teenagers e.g. in comparison with television screens. In this light parents should be more aware of interactivity, creativity, innovative learning methods, educational video games, group activities, information wells, etc. But at the same time, parents should also be aware of the dangerous loopholes the web provides.
To use screens rationally at home
Some of the security issues for the youngsters well being that Minister Meisch identified that they were not able to manage on their own, was unlimited consumption by the screens. That results in a lack of sleep and physical activity, weight gain, addiction etc. At the same time, as the mainstream media very often falls into extremes about the dangers. The Ministry of Education now is launching the brochure “The family screens – Manage, educate and support”. That provides some answers from scientific information from expert consensus and best practice for everyday life. It will be distributed in mid-March in all public basic schools, nurseries, municipalities and paediatricians to parents. Anyone else in Luxembourg can order it on www.bee-secure.lu.