Please don’t buy into all of the “Sky is falling” emails saying you must to delete these apps off of your kid’s phones or else. Talk to your kids about apps, just don’t delete them. Common sense and teaching our kids proper use of technology must rule over fear.
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Parents often message me talking about their kids and their addiction to their phones. We rarely talk about the phone use of us as parents.
Yet for all the talk about children’s screen time, surprisingly little attention is paid to screen use by parents themselves, who now suffer from what the technology expert Linda Stone more than 20 years ago called “continuous partial attention.” This condition is harming not just us, as Stone has argued; it is harming our children. The new parental-interaction style can interrupt an ancient emotional cueing system, whose hallmark is responsive communication, the basis of most human learning. We’re in uncharted territory.
Really interesting article. What are your thoughts?
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I do not think most of us realize just how much time we spend each day on our phones. As a parent, we need to teach our kids about healthy use of technology. I think this is something that we have to model well for our kids so learning how much time we as adults spend on our phones is also helpful. I challenge each of us in our families to install this app I talk about in this short video and get some real data for your family.
One of the most asked questions at my talks is about the internet and safety for our kids. This video is about the hardware and software that can be used to help in this area.
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So much information out there today how we have a really unbalanced relationship with our phones and social media. I am not saying we all need to get rid of these things but we all must reevaluate what we are doing.
If it sounds like a full-time job, that’s because it pretty much is — a gig they’ve aged into by virtue of becoming teenagers in the era of the smartphone. As the three friends laugh and chat with one another, their eyes are nearly always cast downward, glued to the devices held between their manicured fingers. The brands they are managing are their own. They post carefully curated updates and stylized pictures of themselves on various apps and platforms. They swipe left and right, opening and closing apps, gasping about the daily drama playing out on the glowing screen, and planning their next moves. They don’t consider it work — it’s more of a necessary pastime that’s become so routine, “it’s like breathing,” says Elina, who is 17. Often, they won’t even let sleep get in the way.
Such a great article
These teens are massively aware of their audience — and of exactly how tenuous their connection to their friends, on social media, can be. If you don’t comment when summoned, if you don’t click that heart when it’s expected of you, are you really being the best friend you can be? And if you’re not living up to the task, how can you expect your friends to be there for you the next time you take a chance and post something? It could mean getting publicly shut down or shut out. “FOMO, I think, for our generation, is a really big deal,” Yasmin says, using the acronym for “fear of missing out.” “Missing out for me, specifically, that’s just like the worst thing,” she says. “I’d rather sacrifice everything than not [be in the know]. . . . With family, they’re always there. With friends, it doesn’t feel that way.”
Love to hear ways you are controlling or managing your time on social media.
We need to find a way to have a more balanced relationship with our phones. As parents, we must find a way to deal with our bad phone addictions so that we can properly model good technology use for our kids. Here are 10 places we should not allow phones in our lives.
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