Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Don't freak out: Countdown to Technology Time Out

We are less than seven days away from Screen Free Week 2013. This month I have posted about problems with attention span, communication, obesity, and poor academic performance in our children that is linked to the overuse of technology.  What more can be said?

Don't be afraid.

“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise;  they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.” Do you know who said this?

I hope your "take away" from SFW 2013 is restored balance. Balance for yourself and for your family.  Empower yourself and your family by developing well considered boundaries and limits for technology. Use your time-out wisely.

In my quest to give you good unbiased information I learned a new term "juvenoia." Juvenoia is the fear that young people are changing the mores of society and basically sending our world to heck in a handbasket. I don't believe that.  I am optimistic about children and teenagers. They need our leadership not our fear.

Did you figure out who authored the above quote? 

Socrates (469-399 BC)!

Please consider using next week to reflect on your reliance on technology and examine its role in your family life.  I will not be posting next week to give you (and me) a chance to unplug.

Don't freak out.

Good luck.

1 comment:

  1. Yay Socrates! The more things change, the more they stay the same, eh?

    I can't unplug entirely next week -- must finish draft and deal with OWFI stuff -- but I will try to be more mindful of how I spend my screen time.