January 26, 2020
Technology is increasingly replacing human interaction.
Positive social connections with people at all stages of life help ensure healthy development, both physically and emotionally.
Our society's increasd screen time directly relates to major difficulties developing the ability to:
- Interact with others
- Regulate emotions and behaviors
- Solve problems
- Communicate effectively
If we are spending excessive time consuming digital media, we are missing out on important unstructured free time that is critical for our cognitive and social emotional development , well-being and problem solving skills.
Parents have heard that they should be limiting their Childrens' screen time, and this is true. But studies show that too much time spent on phones, TVs and laptops has adverse effects on adults also , from weight gain to poor sleep and brain atrophy.
Modeling healthy device usage yourself — Children learn by example — and encouraging offline social interaction and physical activity will encourage healthy family habits when interacting with technology.
To spread awareness, provide alternate activities and raise money while connecting with those around us!
HOW YOU CAN HELP?
By pledging to disconnect from your phone and electronics!
Ask others to join you in the effort by joining or supporting you by donating for each hour disconnected!
8 Hours at $5 an hour = $40 donation
Your involvement is critical to our success and solving this issue.
Thank you again for your help.
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