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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