Thursday, January 27, 2011

Do you ever disconnect?

This week John Bauer and Heidi Holtan talk with author Susan Maushart about her new book, "The Winter of Our Disconnect - How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept With her iPhone) Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell The Tale".  She took a six month hiatus from technology and forced her kids to do the same. 

How tied are you to your technology?  Susan's kids found some things out about themselves - one found out that she had really been lacking in sleep (and had a different personality because of it) and another started seriously playing his saxophone again (during the times he used to play video games) and learned to love it and find new people to hang out with. 

Though most people aren't going to give up their wireless internet, dvds, tv or phones, Susan had some good advice on how to control the technology some. 
*make your bedroom as free of technology as you can
*make a point to NOT use technology at the dinner table
*have a media free day once a week or set up a curfew everynight
*if you are worried about your kids wifi use after you go to sleep, power down the modem every night

What do you think? 

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