Learning from Screens

learning from screens

learning from screens

Many people worry that unlimited access to screens will harm their child.

But natural learning occurs best when children follow their interests and are trusted to direct their own play and learning… even when they’re interested in something on a screen.

Thanks to Sandra Dodd, Rose SorooshianMichelle LoucasIdzie Desmarais and others.


Rose Sorooshian and Lots of Things Learned!




Music credit: Jim Boggia

5 comments to Learning from Screens

  • Rose Sorooshian didn’t say, but her dad coached girls’ soccer, first because she was on the team, but he continued after she was older, and they’re also involved in in-person local soccer league. But Pam (the mom) has said they got their big TV for World Cup Soccer, and then started seeing the many other benefits of having that set-up in their living room.

  • Justine Scholefield

    I am so glad that you did this podcast! There is so much fear in parents when it comes to this issue, and hearing a calm and experienced voice speaking from “the other side” of unschooling and learning without arbitrary limits on “screen time” is absolutely refreshing. I think if someone is considering unschooling, this is definitely something they should hear, but really, EVERY parent can learn from this perspective.

  • Shauna

    I have been devouring these podcasts, and have just this one for the second time. I really want to let go of limits on my kids’ screen time. The one aspect that’s holding me back is my concern about the biological effects of so many hours of time spent in one position, sedentary. I am definitely convinced of the cognitive benefits of unlimited access to screens, but I am concerned about the negative consequences to kids’ musculoskeletal structure and function. The kids we know personally who have no limits on screens are amazingly skilled at computer-related tasks, but quickly become lethargic and whiny during gentle hikes and at playgrounds, their posture and muscle tone is poor, and they have frequent complaints of aches and pains. I wonder if anyone has thoughts about this. Keep up the wonderful podcasts! We are incorporating more aspects of unschooling into our lives every day as a result of all I’ve been learning, and are reaping benefits already!

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  • Natasha

    That was just what I have been looking for! My son is 5 and loves to watch people playing video games on YouTube. He didn’t see screens until he was 4. I started to control and manage him. He even started to say “don’t try to control me”. It’s gotten so much easier but I still find it challenging to connect with him while he is watching these channels. I have such a belief that watching tv is what is done to escape. I had a very sad childhood and I watched a lot of tv. I guess I thought that if my son has so many other great options he would not choose shows.

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