The Screen Time feature @Apple rolled out recently is genius – and horrifying at the same time. I enabled it to prove to my husband he spent more time on his phone then me, and it turned into something that absolutely shocked me. I was just talking to two friends about how eye-opening this feature is. Have you checked out your screen time report lately? Prepare to be horrified and how much time we’re all sucked into these screens! #screentime #parenting

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Village School PTO

Everyday I’m presenting I get rush from audiences, and also realizing that this is what I get to do every day. I still don’t believe it. That being said, this week was particularly special, as I was able to return to where it ALL started for me, Marblehead, MA. Being greeted by old teachers, mentors, and even kids I used to babysit that are now in high school 🤦🏼‍♀️was a feeling like no other. It’s community. It’s support. It’s friendships. It’s trust. It’s hard work for these schools to coordinate schedules, funds and the fact they do it every year is such an incredible honor and privilege. I was fortunate enough to spend 3, busy days talking to students and parents and aside from my gratefulness, here was a major takeaway from the kids (4th – 12th graders): They’re watching US. They’re listening to our rules, but also watching us break them. While I’m not suggesting rules must be the same for parents and kids, we must be the role models. As a parent, I struggle daily to be mindful of how I don’t let my kids use devices – yet I’m always on mine. If we want to help our kids have a healthy relationship with technology, it starts with us. #parenting #healthytech #techforgood
Shout out to Marblehead admins, staff, and PTOs – you guys are some of the VERY best in the business. 💖🧙🏽‍♂️#magicians

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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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