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Research & Facts
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Missions and Values
Our advice and conversation is based on research from some of the most respected global organizations.
We want children to thrive emotionally, mentally and physically. Tech caused educators and parents to pivot online in 2020, but very little research has gone into the true long term effects on childhood development.
We want to partner with like-minded organizations who believe that technology has to used wisely.
The NIH sees physical issues across all pediatric ages, and the results are troubling.
We advocate for more education if we are to increase the use chrome-books and computers for students.
We are against addictive tech design and demand that if children are to be given access to screens, video games and social platforms, that they are designed with children in mind. Currently, platforms make money when users spend time online, often manipulating young minds and creating dopamine highs.
With hundreds of millions of videos and photos uploaded every day, it's almost impossible to completely protect children from seeing inappropriate content.
We insist that more effort goes into protecting children. Once the genie is out of the bottle, it's hard to control, unless we have more buy-in from tech companies, social media platforms and regulators.
Pre-covid, classrooms were already speeding into the 21st century, adding more screens, chrome-books and computers. Then the pandemic hit. But while technology was the hero of the pandemic for the school-age children who were able to access it, very few guidelines and interventions were given to parents or educators on posture, correct eye-level, the absolute necessity for more breaks while on tech and more.
"Tech-neck" is just the tip of a large ice-berg when it comes to screen use in young, developing bodies. Children had to pivot from a classroom with a mix of screens and other types of learning. Cordelia Carter, M.D., pediatric orthopedic surgeon and director of the Pediatric Sports Medicine Center at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, “it could be just a strain on muscle and tendon — or it could affect how the body grows and develops.” Long term effects of increased tech use for young children have not been fully studied but our special webinars, articles and videos will help children as classrooms become more technology-driven.