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How to Make Tech Time Deliberate

Imagine for a minute you’re in the middle of your busiest day. It’s a dentist appointment followed by school pick up and soccer practice. You’ve barely had time to eat lunch (if you did), let alone had time to really interact with your toddler. Oh man did that tablet save your sanity today! Right? Recently …

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YouTube Kids and your Family

Is it dangerous and harmful for your child to be on YouTube Kids? Over the last few months, there has been a trend of parents finding their child viewing disturbing videos on the app during their tech time. This is understandably upsetting to discover as a parent and a reason many parents are wondering how they …

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Tech to-dos for the New Year

There’s the approach that we have ‘no technology’ times in the day. It is wise to have times that give us a break from our life surrounding by screens. However, the phrasing of this could be done differently. Let’s take an example from my personal life in this last year. I had a big moment …

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Digital Citizenship to Refugees and Immigrants

We often look at the younger generations as the ones among us with the most knowledge about technology. In the refugee and immigrant communities around us, this remains the same, and perhaps moreso. Isolated in a new community, technology is often their only source of connection to their family and friends. This fact alone makes …

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Connecting parents and children with tech in a healthy way

It’s all over the news lately that technology and social media are taking over the lives of parents and children. “Delete social media” has become a popular mantra of late and it’s easy to see why. Social media has become society’s first choice in connecting with each other, for better or for worse, and this …

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Filling Gaps in Education: Now offering CEUs

One big reason I started Digital Respons-Ability is because I saw gaps in education I would teach teens how to make and edit a video on an iPad, but not WHY they should create a video in the first place or what they should do after they make it. I saw an increase textbooks and …

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Developing Focus through Mindfulness

The world is filled with buzzing, pings, lights and other distractions. The average American spends the majority of their leisure time behind a screen, and the majority of their work time behind of screen. This provides greater efficiency and communication, but also greater distractions. These distractions affect our brains and bodies. When we are interrupted …

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#MeToo: Sexual Assault and Online Behavior

When we talk about sexual assault, we’re not discussing the full picture unless we talk about the effects of technology. Sexual assault is not new, it was here long before the Internet. However, the Internet has amplified those negative messages, and provided an echo chamber for those who feel justified in their violence against others. …

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Tech Resolutions for 2018

When we make New Year’s Resolutions our attention often goes to things like losing weight, earning more money or finally taking that trip. We don’t always resolve to change the behaviors that frequently take up the most of our leisure time—technology. Adults spend on 5 plus hours on their mobile devices every day, and that …

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Reflections on having a Kindergartner

I’ve worked hard to be deliberate about technology with my child. Screen time has been discouraged and playing outdoors encouraged. My child has had a Leap Pad since he was a toddler that does not connect to the Internet—and has been his main interaction with tech and a source for hours of play. During these …

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