Monday, April 6, 2020
How on earth do we maintain balance in our families’ digital lives during the unprecedented times that we are in?
What strategies and tools can we use to create some semblance of normalcy while our kids are suddenly learning at home, and we are struggling to either work remotely or bring in child care in order to run essential services?
In this discussion, we explored the challenges (and opportunities) of being a good digital parent in a time of crisis. We looked at both short term and long term strategies that can help create order, prioritize education, and forge new routines in the midst of uncertainty.
To help us navigate these unchartered waters, we were joined by two of the leading thinkers in this space:
Janell Burley Hofmann is the author of iRules, an international speaker, facilitator and consultant and mother of 5. Janell helps schools, youth, families, educators and organizations on the topics of technology, media, health, relationships and well-being. She is the creator of the iPhone Contract and founder of The Slow Tech Movement and iRules Academy.
Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, speaker, and Webby Awards Founder. In her first book 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week, Tiffany explores her family’s decade-long, transformative practice of turning off screens one day each week, and the effects our 24/7 world has on individuals, our relationships, and our society.
The conversation was moderated by Stephen Balkam, the Founder and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute. Prior to FOSI, Stephen created and ran the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) and led a team which developed the world’s leading content labeling system on the web. As the Executive Director of the Recreational Software Advisory Council, Stephen was awarded the Carl Bertelsmann Prize in 1998.