The Center for Humane Technology (CHT) has released digital well-being guidelines for how families, parents and children can safeguard their well-being and mental health during the pandemic, when we are more reliant on technology than ever before.
The detrimental effects of too much time online or on social media are well-documented, but in a world under quarantine, Internet use is skyrocketing around the globe. It’s no longer so simple to cut down on technology and social media use when social distancing is encouraged to flatten the curve and when offline activities are shut down. In response to a need for practical guidelines for how families can navigate the overwhelming amount of technology we are using during the coronavirus pandemic, CHT worked with tech experts and psychologists to create a guide for promoting digital wellbeing for the entire family during the so-called “new normal.” Among the challenges that the guidelines explore are:
- Tech is not neutral – how during the pandemic it continues to vie for our attention and grab hold of it.
- Even if more time must be spent on screens, all screen time is NOT equal.
- Which tech environments are better or worse for developing brains.
- Tech is a trade – examining what we are trading for convenience and/or connectivity.
Learn more here: https://humanetech.com/digital-wellbeing-covid/
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