Harnessing the Power to Disconnect Forming Healthy Relationships with Technology

Sheri Damon’s first blog post:

Harnessing the Power to Disconnect Forming Healthy Relationships with Technology

Technology is here to stay: As technology has become such an integral part of all of our lives (schools are using tablets and laptops in their teaching; newspapers, magazines, books, research, social contacts and games are all on-line, etc.) the impact of this “new” way of being is beginning to be researched quite thoroughly. Internet addiction, gaming addiction, emotional overstimulation caused by technology and the inability to “disconnect” are all at the forefront of topics of discussion. As a therapist focusing on forming healthy relationships with technology, reducing tech-overstimulation and addiction, I have found some interesting articles for people to read. This first article is a fantastic introduction to information about our digital lives, terminology and how we have changed in our uses of technology in such a brief period of time and some helpful tips for parents: How the Digital Divide Affects Families, Educational Institutions, and the Workplace http://www.zurinstitute.com/digital_divide.html

If you have young children and are under the mistaken impression that you can just continue to keep technology at bay, then you are probably too busy rubbing sticks together to start the fire for dinner and do not have time to read this blog. If you recognize that technology is an ever-increasing third arm for your child, then resources to help you help them balance their on and off-line lives is essential. This blog and corresponding videos present real life situations, problem-solving strategies and concrete information to give you the Power to Disconnect Forming Healthy Relationships with Technology.

https://www.facebook.com/screendilemma Is an interesting Facebook source for parents with young children looking for support and resources regarding healthy screen time.