We hear a lot about the dark side of screens and electronics; how they’re contributing to social isolation, childhood obesity, cyberbullying, or just sucking the joy out of family time. And it’s true, managing electronics is tricky. But in Episode 19 of Edit Your Life, Asha and I discuss the upside of electronics. Electronics are increasingly a part of our kids’ lives: school, homework, entertainment, communication, and social lives. Given that they are here to stay, we wanted to lend some balance to the doom-and-gloom around screens.
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And here are links to things/people/resources we mentioned during the podcast:
- Minimalist Parenting
- Edit Your Life Episode 5: The Device Divide
- Four Moments When Videogames are Good For Kids (NYT Motherlode blog)
- The Unexpected Upside of “Too Much Screen Time” (at Parent Hacks)
- Christy Matte of Quirky Fusion
- Phone contract for kids (Boston Mamas)
- Brother’s Brew in Rockport (the very first usage of the phone to extend the leash)
- YouTube (awesome for tutorials...LaurDIY is one of Laurel’s favorites)
- Mirabai’s been rocking digital art using DeviantArt + Speedpaint tutorials on YouTube
- Quandary (ethical gaming)
- Microsoft’s YouthSpark + Imagine Cup (inspiring kids to be awesome through coding)
- TEALS (a program that pairs volunteers with an engineering background with high schools teachers to bring CS classes to schools)
- DigiGirlz (a set of online tools and in-person camps to get girls coding)
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