A Little Encouragement to Stay Real in the Face of EdTech

I am a little lit up today — in a good way. I have participated in two webinars this week by the Children’s Screen-time Action Network. The first was geared at K-12 Educators and admin, the other was geared at parents — both on the topic of working together to limit the use of technology in a time of remote learning. On August 24th, there is a third one geared towards Early Childhood Educators — oh my goodness, I am an Early Childhood Educator!

Turns out what I know to be true is inline with what these professionals have all been talking, writing, researching and advocating about. There is an action toolkit to help give me some focus. This is good news… I can keep doing what I do daily, but with confidence and intention.

What is it that I do daily? I don’t really know. I just keep my kid active and engaged. Expensive? I guess. Career consuming? Possibly.

Screens and device usage is a significant source of conflict right now in families.

Kids are awesome. They don’t deserve to be in a state of anger and pissed-off-ed-ness in their developing years. This just ain’t their shit… And it ain’t my shit.

So this is what I have learned through experience and dedication to a low-tech life:

Keep your kid(s) in a state of creativity and intuition (ie: in their right brain). Keep ourselves in our creative and intuitive right brains. We are all more receptive and out of conflict when in this place.

Go find the fun. Live your dreams and values. Hold your standards high – people who have “given in” to technology can be held at a distance.

Take every cent you earn and you invest it into your child(ren)’s and families well-being. This is an investment.

Just get through the stages and milestones. Keep building your person. Plunk your child on a mountain, ocean, river, lake and let their challenges be with the elements — not with social anxiety and FOMO ‘Fear Of Missing Out’.

Keep your babies, children, youth and families away from negative influences (can we acknowledge here that some families have more negative influences than others?)

Use professionals.

Rely on your traditional knowledge. Listen to the knowledge of your grandma’s and grandpa’s. Don’t shoot them down (ignore those that shoot you down — they are not respecting tradition). Acknowledge your own discord and if you are shooting others down.

Educate your children — even when some ages may resist at first. Soon, they and their highschool aged buddies are going to be standing up to the very technology that you have been protecting them from. They will thank you for laying the foundation.