If you’re a parent, you need to know two critical things. First, digital distraction in your children is no accident – a lot of money is being spent to design technology that can manipulate their psychological needs, exploit their vulnerabilities, and addict them to distraction. Second, distraction is only one part of a larger problem. The others are data overload (can’t possibly keep up) and distorted information (false, misleading, manipulative). Together, they make up, what we call “Noise”. And it is the epidemic of Noise in our culture that is causing problems like anxiety, attention issues, compulsive screen use, obsession with social media, bullying, sexting, etc.
But Noise is doing much more than that. It’s re-wiring your children’s brains – to need more and more Noise. It’s disrupting their high brain development, eroding their self-control and lowering their ability to make wise choices – leaving them less focused, less motivated, less engaged with “real” life, and more open to depression. Think about what that means for their education and their future. And there’s something else you need to know:
To protect your children from the Noise, you cannot just restrict their tech and hope for the best. The only way to protect your children (now and in the future) is to prepare them cognitively and emotionally to protect themselves from the Noise. That’s what these podcasts and the Tips & Tools on this website are all about. They’re here to help you develop resilient, optimistic and choice-full children. Children who can survive and thrive in a world of non-stop Noise.