Simple, natural, present : Let kids take a break from technology

Kids are surrounded by the wonders of technology, and taking a mind-relieving break from it promotes better use and positive thinking.

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I love technology, education, family, ocean destination traveling, the environment,  social connections enhanced by technology, and so much more. All of this is possible because of technology and continual research and advancement. 

By allowing our students to create, get messy, explore, tinker, and be themselves without the pressure and interruption of digital technology for most of the day, we are enhancing students' abilities to actually create and seek out positive connections on-line that transfer to real-life connections.

Gentle coaching and behavioral influencers in non-tech, social environments are the key to reaching our outliers and bringing students to their potentials.

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I went from a tech-heavy school environment to a tech-free school environment, and it made all the difference in the world. After living through the stress and built-up tensions that were ever-present in the tech-focused environment, and then experiencing the natural, relaxed students in the tech-free school, I realized that I want my kids to grow up in the tech-free school environment. The presence of technology became more apparent to me to be contributing to student stress and anxiety.


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Hi Carolyn,

I teach second grade, tech free would work in my class! Don't need it for testing. Hands on practice with a partner is more sociable. That said, are students in a tech-free school natural and relaxed because the school is tech free or because they are lucky enough to come from homes where screen-time is monitored and moderated? Perhaps families that monitor screen time might also gravitate toward schools that are tech-free thus these kids could already be less anxious and stressed.



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Great point, Karen! I think there is a lot to be said for the fact that even Steve Jobs did not allow his kids to have iPads and closely monitored his kids tech time. It is something that causes more stress and anxiety.

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