ADHD & Mental Health

A New Vision of Technology and Our Youth

Over the past three years, I have written a lot about the issues of media/technology and our youth of today. Much of it is available on my Just Thinking site, and I encourage you to check out the articles/series that I have published about various topics, some of which include much more specific recommendations regarding how to address media/technology concerns. Through all of this, though, I realize that some people often look at recommendations such as mine from a restrictive standpoint, in much of the same way we might view health advice or religious beliefs. For this (and many other reasons), it is understandable that we would feel worn down by advice that does not naturally coalesce with how we and others might be living today. But beyond the perception of rules and restraint, there is another vision for media/technology and our youth that is aspirational. - See more at: http://www.catholicpediatrics.com/articles/new-vision-technology-and-our...

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Why 1:1 Is Not the Answer: Taking a Closer Look at Technology in the Schools

In the educational climate of today, nothing is perceived as more progressive than finding ways to digitalize everything students are doing.

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Do You Know What Is Coming into Your Youth’s Phone?

It is 11:30 P.M on a Thursday night.  Your 13-year-old daughter is asleep.  Suddenly she awakes to a ding from her phone.

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The Namby Pamby Effect: Are Our Kids Growing Up Soft and Confused?

When Jacob was four years old, he earned his first, shiny trophy, courtesy of participation in a nearby t-ball league. As he grew older, trophies, plaques, and medals for participation started piling up in his closet. One day, he even received a trophy for attending a friend’s birthday party. In 3rd grade, Jacob earned his first trip to the principal’s office for bad behavior, and was given a lower level referral (formerly known as a demerit). Moderate or higher level referrals didn’t exist. By the time he reached middle school, he learned that as long as he kept his referrals under ten for the year, his parents would not be contacted by the school. Meanwhile, despite putting little effort (at home or school) into his schoolwork, he slid by with mostly B’s and C’s courtesy of the well-documented trend of grade inflation. He and his classmates quickly learned that they could get into the online grading system and figure which assignments counted, and which were worth few or no points at all. They quickly became experts on how to slide by.

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