Parent Resources

18

Feb

Episode 2: How Do I Know When Tech Is Healthy?

I hear this question a lot: How much is too much? How do I know if my child's tech use (or my own tech use, or my spouses tech use) is healthy? In this episode we'll look at a couple tools to help us assess our tech. The goal is to be more effective at fighting for our families, not just with them, when it comes to tec...

17

Feb

Episode 3: Awesome Alternative Activities

Since last episode addressed the fact that sometimes our tech isn't always healthy, this episode works through some alternative adventures and opportunities that don't involve Drool Tech. The goal isn't simply to avoid digital tech, but to remove the tech that is a distraction from our full potential (see Episode 2 for...

10

Feb

Three Traits of Drool Tech

There are really two types of tech: Tool Tech: Helps us create Drool Tech: Helps us consume We've previous about the difference between Creating vs. Consuming with tech. Today we're going to look at three signs of Drool Tech: Rapid Rate of Stimulation Built In RewardsPassive Participation Let's look at ...

04

Feb

Tech Challenge: Turn Your Phone To Grayscale

We’ve got a pretty serious tech infatuation in America. The average iPhone user unlocks their phone more than 80 times a day, checks it every 12 minutes, and 50% of Americans say they couldn’t live without it (Wired, 2018). I do need my phone, don’t I? I use my phone for work, directions, contact with my family ...

21

Jan

Family Framework: Social Media

Social media can feel a bit like the Wild West at times. As parents we feel overwhelmed with questions: What is okay? For how long? How much is too much?Will my child make good choices? What happens when they don't? What should I do when their friends make bad choices? How do I manage who they contact online? ...

16

Dec

Is Disney+ Worth The Investment?

Disney has officially entered the battle for your time and dime. For months they've been amassing their forces for war: In October they stopped allowing Netflix ads in their contentIn May they beat Comcast out as majority owner of the streaming service Hulu.For the last years they've quietly begun amassing their ar...

11

Dec

Reading: An Amazing Tech Alternative

A great book should inspire, encourage, and / or challenge them. It should always point them towards the hope you have for them, not simply away from "bad stuff" like digital tech. There are plenty of bad people who love reading, so let's be clear: Reading won't fix our kids. But it can be a blessing to their hearts a...

11

Dec

4 Steps for Finding a Great Book

Step #1: Find a topic that interests your reader (not you).   examples: Sports, dragons, history, a person, siblings, adventure, love. There is no such thing as the perfect book for every reader. Exhibit A: Pick up a best seller and tell me if you enjoy it. There's a really good chance you won't! The s...

11

Nov

Creating vs. Consuming: Clarifying Tool and Drool Tech.

There is a lot of scary tech research out there. We hear that tech can: impair attention (Mendoza, Pody, 2018)reduces test scores (Beland, Murphy, 2015)lower cognitive capacity (Weis, Cerankosky, 2010)be addictive (Freed, 2016; WHO March, 2018; Christakis, 2019)be a dangerous distraction (Ward, Duke, 2017; dscout, ...

11

Nov

Two Types of Tech: Tool & Drool

There Are Two Types of Tech 1. Tool Tech: Tech we use to create.  2. Drool Tech: Tech we use to consume. Tool Tech & Drool Tech are not simply "good" and "bad" tech. Instead they are an easy way to distinguish types of tech that can have more negative behaviors. A growing body of research shows D...