Friends School of Portland stresses "Inquiry, Reflection, Action" as our educational mission. In that spirit, here's some of the feedback from the event -- resources following.
Please use comments to add more of your thinking!!!
Inquiry : I wonder
· What will the social media (peers) expect from my children when they reach adolescence?
· If there are other parents interested in resisting certain technologies for our own kids and just not buying what they’re selling? We could us a supportive culture of resistance.
· If there could be a strong enough movement to lobby against advertising?
· Can I choose not to participate in social media?
· About the actual changes in brain structrure from always being on (not to mention health risks)
· If the next step beyond google glass is the google post-natal cortical implant?
· What is the right trade-off between “privacy” and “sharing”
Reflection : The 1 thing I’ll tell others
· Google Eyewear – Beware!
· We must all learn to disconnect – and allow others to do so as well!
· Production vs. Consumption of media – different kinds of screen time
· Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood
· We have NO privacy in the digital age
· My 14yr old has a reptilian brain
• Internet / Privacy -- no overlap
Action : Action Idea
· Media Diet – Share ideas with families of students
· Read The Machine Stops & Blackberry’s Hamlet
· Use the library!
· Quit Facebook!
· Don’t make your kids compete with your phone.
· I will get a book out on the brain and interpreting reality.
· Remind people that while we worry about our expensive toys/tools, many people in Maine and in the world don’t have enough to eat, and send my check to org’s that serve these folks.
· Bring the “mindfulness project” into schools to teach students the importance of not (always) being “on”
· Retire to the bathroom every once in a while.
· Figure out ways to have these conversations in schools / among parents / ongoing