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I guess this is no longer really news -- tech execs worry about what smartphones and screen time in general are doing to their own kids. It's just shocking that the ones making the profits are worried about this issue, but schools keep lapping it all up. It's a really frustrating time to be a teacher!

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What an interesting (and sad) look at another issue of our digital lives. Looking forward to reading this book.

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Sorry that this is so last minute, but CNN is airing this segment tonight at 10 pm EDT. It'll be interesting to see if tech companies are portrayed as the "good guys" trying to save us from ourselves...or as companies working hard to keep us looking and clicking. If you miss it tonight, I'm sure it'll be available on cnn.com somewhere. It's on the show "This Is Life" with Lisa Ling.

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Check out the Screen Time Action Network's upcoming webinars. This Monday (Oct. 15) is a great one with Joni Siani and her award winning documentary, Celling Your Soul.

With Google's plan to end G+ consumer version, do you have an idea if you will keep this community together in another venue?

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This is probably not surprising to folks in this Community, but it is the sort of thing that should be shared with school decision makers, neighbors, etc.
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Hi everyone! I wish this were a joke but it's not. One of the latest pushes by big tech is to attempt to convince parents that a great way to get their kids ready for kindergarten is to use "online preschool." The absurdity of the idea is likely obvious to most/all of us in this group. However, many parents are falling prey, which of course means their kids are the ones paying the price.

We can take action, however. CCFC is helping to coordinate a movement to let people know the truth about what is going on. They have drafted a position statement and they'd like to have as many concerned voices as possible sign on. I cannot post the letter here. However, if you're interested and would like to know more (and to sign on), please contact CCFC's Executive Director, Josh Golin (josh@commercialfreechildhood.org).

We've got to get out ahead of this. Thank you, Josh, CCFC and Defending the Early Years for shedding light on this!

Any speakers in St. Louis or Columbia, MO, with professional background, that can talk about the effects of screen time? I just organized a free event, involving three speakers, here in KC. A friend in St. Louis would like to do the same, but finding someone already in her area would work best.

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I read an article in February about how Facebook paid National PTA to participate in roundtables for the development of Kids Messenger (targeting 6-8 year old range). The article also said "in 2017, Facebook donated money to Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), which has two representatives on the board". I visited the FOSI website which presents itself as a resource for "families". FOSI also presented "its research findings" to Capital Hill in the spring. Here is what I want people to see -- the board of this organization is BIG social media, gaming, and entertainment companies -- no child advocates, pediatricians, teachers. I looked up several of these board members representing these companies and found that they are mostly officed in D.C. I'm connecting dots and finding other relationships between these media and entertainment executives and others like Ann Flynn with NSBA. Look up Antigone Davis (Facebook) connections to National PTA and NSBA. Ann Flynn, NSBA, is one of the big promoters of 1:1 districts. I'd love to have some discussion on this. Anyone else finding connections like this? Please scroll all the way down to see these board members --
https://www.fosi.org/about/members-group-staff/

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Just a reminder that our fantastic moderators Joe Clement and Matt Miles will be doing a webinar on Monday Night at 7:30 ET. This webinar, based on Matt and Joe's Screen Schooled, will offer real-world examples of technology overuse and misuse and equip teachers and parents with the tools to create change that supports students’ full development. The webinar is free but registration is required. https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GffHiBFwTIW1j20u1GmtrA?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=aa1c89ed-1259-4481-8a2f-21d287eb3408&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=acb40398-e451-44fb-a513-52cf35d2e603
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