For this week, we have pulled some of our favourite articles about healthy technology use just in time for the beginning of summer! This time of year can be busy for families and possibly the perfect time to take a healthy break from our devices, and truly enjoy all the fun summer brings. Because we know everyone’s busy, we’ve included out TL;DR takeaways, and included a wonderful feel good story and our tip of the week. So without further ado, enjoy!
This Weeks Top Reads
A solution for kids’ social media addiction? Teach them to use tech more responsibly
via USA Today
A solution to tech addiction may not be outright prohibiting it, but rather redirect children’s interest in the technology into something more productive. In addition to that, finding the right balance so parents can still emphasize the importance of building “transversal competencies”. These competencies include critical and innovative thinking, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, physical and psychological health. Everything that we will do in the future will be connected with technology and this various technology we use everyday can be a great way to enable creativity, so let’s use it that way!
How Can We Make Technology Healthier for Humans?
It’s important to question the way technology affects you. Does this interaction or use of the technology make us happy or unhappy? The answer may be “both,” and that is OK, but we should consider whether, on balance, an interaction leaves us with good or bad feelings. This can lead to a dramatic difference in the interaction with technology when the person consciously designs the style of engagement they have, and ensures its mindful.
The doctor could soon be asking your kids about social media use
via Dessert News
An editorial in the medical journal Pediatrics is now encouraging healthcare providers to have conversations about social media use with their patients. Research suggests that excessive use of social media can contribute to mental health problems in at-risk teenagers. Now, social media use in young people is not all bad, it offers then social support and an outlet to be around people similar to themselves. Social media use just needs to have boundaries, and not replace face-to-face contact.
Friday's Feel Good Story
She wanted to collect 250 books for kids in need – and went way, way over her goal.
17 year old Julia Foos saw a need in her community, and decided to fill it. After learning about how many children in her area of Cleveland did not have access to books, Julia dedicated herself to collecting books in her area so every child could own a book of their own.
Tip of the Week
How to declare independence from technology
The summer season can make a great time to take a break from technology for awhile and head down to the beach. With the celebrations for the Fourth of July, you can too declare your independence from technology. Here are a few tips that can help you avoid the temptation to check your phone, and allow you to fully enjoy the beach.