Tech distractions come in many flavors: Maybe your kids (or you!) are double screening; maybe you’re multi-tabbing it — simultaneously researching something there while posting here and checking in here. It may be a way of life today, but what hasn’t changed is the cognitive hit we take whenever we attempt to multitask.
Devorah Heitner, the founder and director of Raising Digital Natives, a resource for parents and schools seeking advice on how to help children thrive in a world of digital connectedness, talks about dealing with the daunting reality of tech distractions in a fascinating new article.
And while she has lots of awesome ideas to helping kids focus on the task at hand (homework, anyone?) here are our two favorite takeaways:
- Turn Off the Tech: Heitner says that simply turning off their devices (or the wifi that is fueling them) is one of the surest fire ways to get block out ALL tech distractions. And yes, we know what your kids are going to say: “But we need the Internet to do our homework!” Which brings us to our next favorite suggestion in the article:
- Start Unplugged, Then Plug In: Have kids complete the non-Internet homework first. That is, outline, plan, strategize and complete all writing (with pen and paper even!) that is possible without digital assistance. When that’s completed, then (and only then) fire up that Internet. Bonus points: Impose a time limit on the tech time to encourage more focused use of wifi time.
Read the full article here.