Groundbreaking study examines effects of screen time on kids

Another day, another report on screens and our brains. CBS News always does such great pieces on this topic, and again it’s a MUST-watch for parents. The conclusion is what we’ve been saying all along – we don’t really have any data – YET – as to what all this means for our kids, their brains and their future. But early indicators, especially the studies done on infants and screen time (most fascinating), say our overuse isn’t good. We’ll continue to learn more as the studies play out over time, but let’s be mindful. Let’s learn from the college students mentioned in this piece who limited their screen time to 30 minutes a day, and suddenly felt less lonely and depressed. Let’s make educated attempts to do a better job of using this as a tool, as opposed to letting it use us. #screentime #parenting #techsafety #techhealth

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Happy Friday! Been a while since you saw my ugly mug and something I wanted to talk about and get your take on. Please comment below to let me know how you’re dealing with this, how your school is dealing with this – or how we’re not! This is such an important conversation that’s not going away anytime soon. #parenting #tech #edtech
Big shoutout to Wait Until 8th for their incredible piece, and all the work they do around doing this in a smart and informed way.
Also big thank you to Derby Academy and St. Augustine School Andover for having and inspiring me this week! <3 Read More

Middle School Misfortunes Then and Now, One Teacher’s Take

This article made every hair on the back of my neck stand up; not only because I can think back to the time before all of these devices were available to us, but because I now know (and see everyday) what it’s like for kids to have 24/7 access. This was written by a school teacher, who has seen this shift first-hand. This isn’t about cutting out technology, or going back to “the good old days.” It is about trying to be a bit more thoughtful when it comes to giving our kids access to this stuff, and learn what unfiltered access means for us all – and it’s not good. It’s about rethinking for ourselves and our kids how we can utilize technology the RIGHT, HEALTHY way. This is one of the greatest reads I’ve seen in a while, please take the time to read.

“Home was a safe place for Brian in 2008. Whatever happened in school, stayed in school. Not now. Brian arrives at his house, heart thundering, and heads straight to his bedroom. He’s supposed to be doing homework, but he can’t concentrate. Alone in the dark, he refreshes his iPhone again and again and again and again.

Brian’s family is having his favorite dish for dinner, but he doesn’t care. He wants it to be over so he can get back to his phone. Twice, he goes to the bathroom to check Instagram. His parents don’t mind, they’re checking their own phones.”

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No screen? No problem. Not going to lie, this summer I got lazy with our TV-on-weekends-only policy. And guess what? I noticed my kids behavior totally suffered when I allowed a show in the morning, so this fall we went back to it – no TV at all except on weekend mornings. And check out the result 👇🏼6:15AM Snap Circuits. Ever seen these? They’re genius and a great alternative to screentime, my kids use these for hours! #noscreensnoproblem

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The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected

Yes. Yes. Yes. This. This is something I’ve been talking about and seeing first-hand in schools throughout this country – and it’s not what you may think. While even a year ago, some schools would measure their technology-education success based on how many Chrome books they could secure for each of their students, this is becoming a thing of the past. As we learn more and more every day about the negative impacts of the constant screen-time, schools are trying to find a non-tech solution. The research is all there, and the creators of this technology are putting their kids in no-tech schools, and canceling their cable plans. I think there’s a healthy balance, but a conversation we can’t have soon enough. A must read.
“It wasn’t long ago that the worry was that rich students would have access to the internet earlier, gaining tech skills and creating a digital divide. Schools ask students to do homework online, while only about two-thirds of people in the U.S. have broadband internet service. But now, as Silicon Valley’s parents increasingly panic over the impact screens have on their children and move toward screen-free lifestyles, worries over a new digital divide are rising. It could happen that the children of poorer and middle-class parents will be raised by screens, while the children of Silicon Valley’s elite will be going back to wooden toys and the luxury of human interaction.” The New York Times #parenting #technology

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