Visual photosensitivity can cause symptoms in students using digital media
Digital Media in Schools research project. Introductory article
Screens and teens with migraines: visually sensitive learners in contemporary digital classrooms (Sproul, MacCallum & Ledger, 2017)
The booklet Photosensitivity: A Seat up the Back near the Window, please is a companion to this website.
The booklet is now available in digital format.
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Welcome to photosensitivity australia. This site is for students,
teachers and parents wanting to find out more about visual photosensitivity - when lights of any type cause unexpected responses. It explains what photosensitivity is and how to support students with photosensitivity who work with digital media in classrooms.
Digital media use in classroom is increasing around the world. The wealth of information available online is amazing. However, some students find working with digital media challenging as it can trigger adverse reactions from the artificial lighting including headache and blurred vision - this is an example of photosensitivity. Rather than stopping students from working with digital media, we suggest strategies for use in the classroom to decrease the risks involved, provide templates for teachers, and build links with medical professionals.
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AARE - Australian Association for Research in Education Conference 2017 (Canberra, Australia) included a Policy presentation entitled Increased digital media in schools: How are school policies addressing light sensitive students in these contexts?
Digital Media in Schools
How much is currently being used in the classroom? What devices are being used?