You are probably reading this article on your mobile phone or computer – perhaps a friend shared it through social media or you did a google search for ‘teach children meditation’.
The irony is that we use social media and tech in our lives so much that we don’t notice how much it may be affecting our well being. This is true for our kids and teens too.
Is tech really that bad for kids?
Perhaps you remember the candy cigarettes we use to have as kids? You know the ones where we pretended (as kids) to smoke even though we knew it was candy. Interestingly the sales of these are now banned in the UK as society has realised, and has the research to prove, that smoking damages our health. But back in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s this wasn’t the case. People thought of smoking as a slimming device or it was just regarded as a social habit. Now we know the truth.
I feel the same about phones and laptops for kids. At some point, as a society, we will realise we have allowed our children to access technology too early; children with screens attached to car seats or buggies…giving our kids our mobile phone to play with so they’ll be quiet.
It was so good I thought I would include it in my regular blog (see below).
But it got me thinking.
Dr Hanson talks about the importance of him learning meditation skills, especially to help him recover from the difficult times he had growing up – you know the regular growing pains most of us go through and the feeling of not fitting in or being quite good enough.
He talks about how mindfulness has helped fill the ‘hole in his heart’ that these experiences created. Continue reading →
(Guest blog written by one of our Connected Kids Level 1 Students from Denmark…)
Many children with ADHD have difficulty falling asleep at night, and parents of children with ADHD often see that their children rarely seem to be rested when it is time to go to school.
When children go to school or kindergarten feeling tired, it means that their internal battery is not fully charged. They get into conflict more easily, find it harder to stay focused, and their emotions are unstable because of a poor night’s sleep.
At the moment the world is quite a turbulent place. If we think our children are too innocent or immune to the stories coming out in the media each day – think again.
Every time we listen to the news on the radio, watch it on TV or surf social media and the internet when our kids are around – they absorb what they hear and see. Even if they don’t understand it.
So we have a choice. We can either shield childrencompletely from the world around them (but how do we stop this going on in the playground at school, sometimes in the classroom and at sleepovers?) Orwe can help them build their resilience and cope with the ‘bad things and people’ in this world. Continue reading →
Maybe it’s a combination of technology, lifestyle and the way our brains are developing. Reading the book ‘Mind Change‘ has been fascinating as I learn I am a ‘digital immigrant’. That means I have been introduced to blogs, emails and the tech stuff later in my lifetime.
According to the author, Baronness Susan Greenfieldkids are ‘digital natives’ – in other words their brains are introduced to it from the day they are born and it is shaping how their brains develop.