If you have kids that love the outdoors, do everything you can to protect and foster that love.
What does this mean?
It means protecting them from anything and anyone that attempts to pull them away from nature. As parents, the buck stops here. We have the authority and the ability to steer our children towards natural healthy lifestyles - but it means constant vigilance.
Our schools, our children's friends and even ourselves to some degree put screen time before everything else. It's time to start paying attention to this devastating trend and get back on track.
Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, executive director of The Dunes East Hampton, one of the country’s top rehabs and a former clinical professor at Stony Brook Medicine has just released his new book “Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids — and How to Break the Trance”.
Here are some daunting things to consider:
"There’s a reason that the most tech-cautious parents are tech designers and engineers. Steve Jobs was a notoriously low-tech parent. Silicon Valley tech executives and engineers enroll their kids in no-tech Waldorf Schools. Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page went to no-tech Montessori Schools, as did Amazon creator Jeff Bezos and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales."
"We now know that those iPads, smartphones and Xboxes are a form of digital drug. Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex — which controls executive functioning, including impulse control — in exactly the same way that cocaine does. Technology is so hyper-arousing that it raises dopamine levels — the feel-good neurotransmitter most involved in the addiction dynamic — as much as sex.
This addictive effect is why Dr. Peter Whybrow, director of neuroscience at UCLA, calls screens “electronic cocaine” and Chinese researchers call them “digital heroin.” In fact, Dr. Andrew Doan, the head of addiction research for the Pentagon and the US Navy — who has been researching video game addiction — calls video games and screen technologies “digital pharmakeia” (Greek for drug)."
Parents, it's time to take our children back. It's time to put down your screen so you can set a good example for your kids. It's time.
Material credit NY Post editorial: http://nypost.com/2016/08/27/its-digital-heroin-how-screens-turn-kids-into-psychotic-junkies/