More and more my patients are becoming addicted to their devices. I am concerned that their communication and social skills may be stifled. We are who we are in a large part by what we do. Children and adults who spend hours on devices miss opportunities and to grow as individuals.
It is best to limit exposure to the internet and social media. There’s a false narrative of what’s real. Unfortunately it is not the curators of the net to assume that responsibility. As parents and as families it is our role to take over responsibility.
5 Tips for Parents
Keep devices out of kids’ bedrooms.
Set up online firewalls and data cutoffs.
Create a device contract.
Model healthy device behaviors.
Consider old-school flip phones for your kids.
Taken from: Is Your Kid Hooked on Smartphones? 5 Tips for Parents
Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia
Jozef Israëls (Dutch Realist painter, Mother and Child by the Sea Jozef Israëls (Dutch Realist painter,
A parent’s own decision to share a child’s personal information online is a potential source of harm that has gone largely unaddressed. Children not only have interests in protecting negative information about themselves on their parent’s newsfeed, but also may not agree with a parent’s decision to share any personal information—negative or positive—about them in the online world. There is no “opt-out” link for children and split-second decisions made by their parents will result in indelible digital footprints. While adults have the ability to set their own parameters when sharing their personal information in the virtual world, children are not afforded such control over their digital footprint unless there are limits on parents.
Sharenting: Children’s Privacy in the Age of Social Media
I am afraid that my patients as well as their parents are naively and freely disclosing personal information online in mediums that they trust and believe to be secure. As all the recent hacks of government and corporpate networks that information is not secure. Now it is becoming more evident that the behemoth techno companies Alphabet (Google) and Facebook (aka Instagram and WhatsApp) know too much about their users.
What this means is that even more than it is in the advertising business, Facebook is in the surveillance business. Facebook, in fact, is the biggest surveillance-based enterprise in the history of mankind. It knows far, far more about you than the most intrusive government has ever known about its citizens. It’s amazing that people haven’t really understood this about the company. I’ve spent time thinking about Facebook, and the thing I keep cominfg back to is that its users don’t realise what it is the company does. Read more in the following article.
Excerpt from “You are the product”
“What I’ve come to learn is that the world is never saved in grand messianic gestures, but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion.”
“Empathy isn’t just listening, it’s asking the questions whose answers need to be listened to. Empathy requires inquiry as much as imagination. Empathy requires knowing you know nothing. Empathy means acknowledging a horizon of context that extends perpetually beyond what you can see.”Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams: Essays