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An wonderful lesson on the psychology of internet trolls.

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This is a wonderful opportunity, put on by a great organization! April 20 and 21 in Boston. Thanks for setting this up!

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An interesting piece from a high school teacher about cell phone's and the effect on student performance in his class.

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Brand-name teachers...courtesy of ed-tech companies. Conflict of interest? Harm to children? Corporate take-over of American classrooms? No matter, I guess.

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Just released today: A fascinating peer-reviewed article in The Journal of Neural Computation. The paper uses mathematical language of information transmission to explain why while humans can socialize through a piece of glass, the human nervous system cannot. Human nervous systems communicate on two parallel channels, not one: the content channel of words, and the trust channel of vibrations. Face-to-face communication matters a lot, because what we’re not saying—the micro-expressions and nano-gestures—carries way more information than words themselves, and our nervous systems use that information (called meta-data) to make sure the source is really there, and genuine.

The article is a difficult read but a rewarding one and one of the most unique explanations I've ever read about why all that screen time makes us feel lousy.

The abstract is here: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/NECO_a_00988.

If you're interested in reading the whole paper, please email me (josh@commercialfreechildhood.org).




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Another excellent article from Dr. Richard Freed. The section called, "Why We Let Our Kids Go" is particularly troubling (and familiar). Family life -- in the short term, of course -- is much easier when kids are quiet and immersed in their screen world. Thanks for this!

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It's been a long, strange journey, but our book (Screen Schooled) is finally in print! It is available for pre-order right now. The release date is set for October 1. It got a positive review today in Publisher's Weekly. There should be another one in a few weeks in the Washington Post. You can check out what some brilliant minds (ie: Drs. Susan Greenfield, Richard Cytowic, Richard Freed, and others) have to say about it at the link below (www.screenschooled.com). Thank you to everyone here who has helped us along the way -- this would never have gotten done without you!

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There is some really interesting stuff here. To me, the key points are: 1) parents WANT kids playing outside and actively, but admit that the most common mode of play is screen-based; and 2) because parents like the silence that comes with kids on screens, they indulge kids and this leads to difficulties setting limits later on in life.

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Another college professor banning screens in the classroom.

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So much for the idea that we should figure out how to get school content into exciting videogames. Weirdly (or maybe not so weirdly these days), I ran across this article on Yahoo sports.
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