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Get Informed 

Learn the latest research on the importance of helping our children develop healthy tech habits. Learn about:

  • Brain Development, Tech and Opportunity Costs

  • Six Core Principles from the Field of Childhood Development

  • Adolescent Mental Health and Tech

  • Educator Perspectives

  • Digital production > Passive Consumption

  • What is a Path of Moderation?

 

Brain Development and Tech

Dana Tuttle, MD, Mill Valley parent, explains why technology design is not neutral, how children’s brains are especially vulnerable and the potential opportunity costs.
(9 min)

 
 
 

Six Core Principles from the Field of Childhood Development

Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Ed.D. recently released (November 2018) this poignant parent guide that explains six core childhood development principles that are at risk of being displaced by screen time.

 
 
 

Adolescent Mental Health and Tech

Ryan Fedoroff, M.Ed, Mill Valley parent and National Director of Education at Newport Academy, tells us why she is concerned about mental health and our local youth. (10 min)

 
 
 

Digital Production > passive consumption

Andrea Dunn, Marin parent and local educator, speaks about production vs. consumption when it comes to screen time. (1 min audio)

 
 
 

Educator Perspectives

Several Mill Valley educators share their perspectives on screen time and children in our community. For example, hear how teachers at our local schools are observing first-hand that our children have less focus and sustained attention during classroom activities; have lower literacy levels than students 5+ years ago; are distracted from being ready to learn; and are having a harder time communicating with each other face-to-face.  (12 min)

 
 
 

What is a path of moderation?

Dabney Ingram, PhD, Mill Valley parent and educational researcher, walks us through three recent research studies showing that limiting screen time promotes happiness, having a smartphone within reach distracts and reduces cognitive capacity, and parents being their children's digital mentors positively affects digital citizenship.  Taken together, these studies support delaying and limiting our children's unrestricted access to smartphones. (5 min)

 
 
 

additional resources

  1. We highly recommend subscribing to Delaney Ruston’s (filmmaker, Screenagers movie) weekly Tech Talk Tuesday blog. It is well-researched, thoughtful, and very relevant.

  2. Local parents, Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg, share how and why their family has practiced turning off screens for 24 hours once a week with their kids (age 15 & age 9) for the past decade for what they call their Technology Shabbat.

  3. Do any teens in your life want to challenge themselves to take a break from social media? Offline October is a teen-led movement to take a break from social media for the month of October.

  4. Some of our favorite articles include: