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Why Kids Need to Spend time in Nature

September 20, 2018

They may prefer to stick to their screens, but here’s why getting outdoors matters. In the early 1980s, a Harvard University biologist named Edward O. Wilson proposed a theory called biophilia: that humans are instinctively drawn towards their natural surroundings. Many 21st century parents, however, would question this theory, as they watch their kids express…

Video: This Silicon Valley school shuns technology — yet most of the students are children of tech execs

June 20, 2018

New York University professor Adam Alter, author of “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked,” discusses the Waldorf school in Silicon Valley, which is one of more than 160 across the country that shun the use of technology. See the video here.

A Silicon Valley School That Doesn’t Compute

February 20, 2018

LOS ALTOS, Calif. — The chief technology officer of eBay sends his children to a nine-classroom school here. So do employees of Silicon Valley giants like Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard. But the school’s chief teaching tools are anything but high-tech: pens and paper, knitting needles and, occasionally, mud. Not a computer to be found. No screens at all. They are not allowed in…

‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

November 21, 2017

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention by Paul Lewis in San Francisco Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned himself from Snapchat, which he…

12 Ways to Protect Your Child From Stress

November 21, 2017

Parents have always grappled with harsh realities to protect their children. But our culture poses risks that are difficult to navigate, because they aren’t obviously dangerous. In fact, we take them for granted because they’re so much a part of our busy lives. The greatest dangers to our kids may not be the ones we…