This year, my daughter is doing hybrid learning (at school every other day), and the teachers have significantly cut back on homework. That means a lot more free time at home.
The result is hours upon hours on TikTok and YouTube, watching some of the most annoying videos I have ever seen — even during the 10-minute “mask breaks” during the school day for in-person learners. She’s spending more hours a day than I’d like staring at some sort of electronic device and watching videos that are in no way related to learning.
I can’t wait for the day when kids can start acting like kids again — when they’re allowed to play outside with their friends, ride bikes together, laugh together and, heaven forbid, give hugs. Until then, I guess parents like me just have to let them have their screen time.