Children ages 8-18 spend more time in front of computer, television and game screens than on any other activity in their lives except sleeping.

Welcome to Screen Smart for Elementary Schools!

Screen Smart Elementary Schools is a Canadian, school-based program designed for children in grades K-7. It aims to:

  • Increase awareness among students (and their families) of how much time students spend in front of screens
  • Reduce students’ screen time to less than 2 hours per day (or maintain that level if already achieved)

Reducing inactive screen time has many benefits from better grades and school performance to improved health and well-being. Screen Smart does NOT ask students to give up screens.  Instead the program teaches children and their families how to manage screen time.

There are 2 options for the Screen Smart Program:

  • School-wide Event Option
  • Curriculum Option

The Screen Smart program was carefully designed to take only 10-15 minutes per day of a teacher’s time. Each Screen Smart activity supports a BC-prescribed learning outcome.
The program is most effective when used as an annual event. Over time, schools can build a culture that encourages and supports active lifestyles.

Please have a look through our website and feel free to download our materials for your class or school, free of charge! Teachers interested in learning more about Screen Smart and receiving free copies of Screen Smart resources should sign up for the Action Schools BC "5210 Workshop". This workshop is cross-curricular collaboration featuring Action Schools! BC Healthy Eating and Physical Activity. Sip Smart! BC, and Screen Smart resources that support school health promotion messaging of: 5 or more servings of vegetables and fruit; 2 hours of screen time or less; 1 hour or more of physical activity; and 0 sugary drinks per day.

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