Since the vlog thing worked out SO (unexpectedly) well last week – here’s another installment! I spent yesterday at the majestic, beautiful Metairie Park Country Day School just outside of New Orleans. Due to the incredible engagement and AWESOME questions from students (and parents), I had a couple of thoughts I wanted to address around the issue of appropriate screen time. As always, comment away – the questions and comments last week were amazing!

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HERE IT IS! My FIRST VLOG! If my business tanks after this post, I’ll stop doing them – but really wanted a way be able to talk to you all about newsworthy digital safety items from time to time so…here we go.
First topic: FORTNITE. It’s all I’ve been talking about for weeks, so here’s what you need to know.

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PACIFIC for March 26: Apple fires on Facebook

Oftentimes, people will ask me what it is that I do to get through to kids about the issues around digital safety, and it’s simple: honesty. It’s what they want, and given the amount of time they spend on their devices, anything else just wouldn’t work. I always start off my presentations to parents and kids by saying this: “I’m not here to get you off of this stuff, or to tell you how bad it is. I want to give you as much information as possible so you can have a safe and healthy experience with technology.”
That being said, there’s been a TON of headlines about the recent Facebook privacy breach, and I think it’s really important we ALL (kids included) know what happens with our information. I’ll say, as a pretty informed-adult, it still doesn’t make me stop using these platforms (here we are), but it does give me pause before positing or signing on multiple times a day, and I think kids feel the same way. In my experience, kids don’t like to know they’ve been had or duped, especially when it comes to their privacy – or lack thereof – when it comes to technology. This is a great video summary by CNN’s Laurie Segall on how this works, and how our activity on social media makes these companies rich. A GREAT (quick) video to watch and discuss with your kids.

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The average teen spends more time online than they do sleeping

I’m grateful to have had such a fulfilling day at Collegiate School in Richmond, VA today. Please let me say how thankful I am for my 3rd year back in this fantastic community💚💛
Getting ready for my day, I saw this Today Show clip covering something I talk with students and parents about daily: How do we have a HEALTHY relationship with technology? What’s the balance? A BIG moment for me today, reiterating the importance of this topic, was when students were asked how being on devices made them feel. While one student said that sometimes things made him happy (such as seeing a funny YouTube video), one student said he often felt “empty” after spending a lot of time on his device. Another student noted that she tried to control her time spent online, but often felt sucked back in. This created some more questions around device use and overuse, with the majority of 6th and 5th grade students admitting that devices were overused in their homes. Regardless of where I go, this seems to be a common admission amongst students, which I find really insightful and through-provoking. We all need to work on being more mindful about our tech use – it starts with our behavior as parents, something I try to be thoughtful of in front of my own kids; modeling the behavior I want them to emulate.
I love when segments involve kids, as they’re really the experts in this stuff. And the goldfish comparison in this segment?! Mind. Blown. 🤯

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NPR

Thrilled to be heading to back to Collegiate School today to speak with 5th and 6th graders, along with their parents about healthy tech habits and use. This morning I was supposed to speak to elementary school parents, but Mother Nature had a different plan. That being said, I love this simple, food analogy when it comes to helping our kids have a healthy relationship with technology. Some great rules to consider when it comes to making and maintaining rules and expectations in our households around tech use. Happy Thursday!

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