Kia Ora ladies and gentlegeeks,
How to ruin a party, in two easy steps.
1) introduce yourself to a small group
2) explain that you’re researching the impact of parental distraction by smartphones on the parent:infant relationship.
That’s kinda why I call myself Captain Buzzkill. Because I can’t sit and pretend everything is OK while babies are having their caregivers seduced and distracted by the dopamine machines.
Because I can’t switch this off! A staunch child advocate knows no rest! The other night hubby and I were out on a Saturday night (that previous link is an awesome song but it is a YouTube video … RESIST – do not click on recommended videos, and here is why.)
ANYWAY we were attempting to both rock and roll to a visiting musician’s best efforts, and he was riling up the crowd with “it doesn’t matter who you are, we all get a say” kind of messages, and instead of anything resembling a “woooo – hooooo!” the best I can do is lean into husband’s ear and say “not babies, though. They need advocates”.
So edgy and cool am I!
Last night I had the great privilege of a rant and a talk with a group of whānau in my own neck of the woods. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again I LOVE PLAYCENTRE
This coming hard on the heels of a joyful Saturday, getting to hang out in a roomful of loving professionals associated with Homebased childcare in New Zealand.
I was grateful for someone’s question last night about my imagined and desired guidelines for families to support them in making wise digital choices in the presence of babies. Off the top of my brain I came up with three good ones, and I’ve since thought of another worth including. These are based on the months and months of reading, writing & thinking I’ve done about tech and the years and years of reading, learning, writing, thinking & teaching about child development, families, relationships, attachment, behaviour, etc!
You get it, I am a baby geek.
Anyway. The guidelines so far look like this:
- Save it till they Sleep
- If you must use tech, say “excuse me”
- Keep your phone in your bag in the next room
- Make routines (food, sleep, dressing) device free
Each of these can use some explanation and unpacking, but not now my friends. I have to go do some domestic stuff before the evening shift begins!
Some of the resources we talked about were
- join screen free week 2020 (May 4th-10th) screenfree.org
- humanetech.com (+awesome podcast! “your undivided attention”)
at least look at this report: https://5rightsfoundation.com/static/5Rights-Disrupted-Childhood.pdf