From the Desk of Dr. Stan Ward:
If you are looking for a student leadership resource, I highly recommend Dr. Tim Elmore. He has written a variety of books and blog posts, available at www.growingleaders.com. In a recent blog post, “What Can We Do with an Addiction to Technology?” he lists five proactive steps that parents and educators can take as a positive response. In summary, he suggests:
- Make sure kids spend just as much “face time” in person as they do “screen time.”
- Have a conversation that asks them about the advantages and disadvantages of technology.
- When talking with someone face to face, silence your cell phone. Give priority to people in your presence over those at a distance.
- Encourage students to talk in person with people older and younger than themselves.
- Encourage your kids to try a scheduled “technology fast.”
Dr. Elmore also recently posted on how the impact of our digitally connected society: “Connected and Infected.”
Please don’t misunderstand me: I’m not saying that technology is bad by default, but I do think there is a very real benefit from interacting with people in person instead of over the internet. For our own family, we now have “no-screen Sundays” twice a month. I’ve been amazed at both the quality of our family interactions on these days and how much more peaceful our house seems to become.