Schools Turn Cell Phones Off to Turn Learning On

Schools Turn Cell Phones Off to Turn Learning On

Great News! Schools are helping kids get off their phones!

There’s a growing trend that’s making waves this year in classrooms around Canada and the United States: mobile phone bans in classrooms! San Mateo High School in California is using a novel approach to limit cellphones in their schools.  To enforce their ban, students place their cellphone in a fabric pouch from Yondr that locks up the phone.… Read More Read more
Growing Up With Smartphones: Millennials Warn Parents

Growing Up With Smartphones: Millennials Warn Parents

Young adults today straddle the line between Millennials and the upcoming Gen Z, myself included. We dimly remember the screech of dial-up, and spent adolescence transitioning from chunky flip phones to sleek smartphones. As the first generation to grow up with cell phones, we have a unique perspective on the technology boom and pornography exposure.  I chatted with five college students at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO.… Read More Read more
Parent Alert! A Timely Tech-Check for Your Kid’s Back-to-School Safety

Parent Alert! A Timely Tech-Check for Your Kid’s Back-to-School Safety

A Tech-Check is Essential for Back-to-School Safety

Have you finished your back-to-school preparations yet?  While you are taking care of new backpacks, clothes, and haircuts, consider doing this: a tech-check to help your family start off the year with good digital habits and boundaries in place. Some tips for parents: Check out these online resources to help your children develop digital street smarts.… Read More Read more
5 Easy Tricks to Manage Screen Time and Get a Happier Family, Too

5 Easy Tricks to Manage Screen Time and Get a Happier Family, Too

A lot of parents worry about the amount of time their child spends using screens. In fact, a recent survey of 3,000 Americans reported that the number one concern of parents of teens is overuse of technology. Wendy Christensen, a mom of six kids, told the Deseret News: “You hear all the time … limit the screen time, limit the screen time … I always smile and nod, and we try, but now that they’re older, I so wish I had been a lot stricter with it when they were little because the older they get the more they want it.” One reason I try to limit my daughter’s screen time is because I see headlines like this one: More screen time for toddlers is tied to poorer development later, study says.… Read More Read more