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Phone Addiction

Could you go a week without your phone? Many of us are so addicted to our phones that we have a hard time going to a movie and putting down our phones. A teen named Michelle Hackman set out to find out what would happen when teens had their phones taken away. They hooked students up to a biofeedback monitor to document their response. some students had reactions similar to withdrawals. This study shows that the teens were more attached to their phones than they realize. Check out an interview with Michelle Hackman here.

Just like teens many adults can’t put their phones down for fear of missing out. 9 teens from Washington State participated in an experiment where they gave up their cell phones for a week. The teens found that they spent more time on homework, with their families, and even reading a book when they didn’t have their cell phones. They were very glad when they got their phones back at the end of the week though. Check out their story here.

It is important to take time aways from our devices and be present with those around us. It might be a fun experiment to have a no cell phone day. Who knows, maybe it will be the best thing that you ever did.


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Words Wound

If you are looking for a good book on how to teach your child about cyberbullying look no further than Words Wound by Dr. Justin Patchin and Dr. Sameer Hinduja. This book is written for students, not for adults, so the book has fabulous activities to help your child recognize if they are being bullied, or doing the bullying. It doesn’t just focus on cyberbullying, there are chapters on other general internet safety issues. Reading this with your child would be a fabulous experience that could open the doors of conversation about these difficult topics. Find more about Words Wound here. 

Utah Netsmartz in the News

Recently Utah Netsmartz has been in the news sharing information about how to stay safe online. Check out the stories here

  1. Immediate steps you can take to predator proof your child’s smartphone
  2. How to protect your kids who play online games
  3. The internet language kids use to hide their online activities from parents
  4. Altamont assembly focuses on sexting, cyberbullying, and online predators

If you’re looking for more information on how to keep you child safe online, check out our parent section. We have lots of resources to help you protect your kids online.

Device Distraction

Device distraction is not just a problem when we we are driving. People are so afraid of missing out that even when they are out to dinner, or at a movie, they have to respond to that text or post. The best way to teach our kids how to avoid the distraction is to model that behavior. We have the same problems as the teens, just one more email, or one more text for work. If we work on limiting the distractions, we will be able to help our kids learn to change their behavior. Dr. Devorah Heitner gives some great advice on how to help your kids avoid the tech distraction. Check out her website here.  As we learn to avoid the distraction, we will be able to help our kids learn proper tech behavior.


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