In this unprecedented time, technology has become part of the social fabric in a deeper, more intimate way than ever before—for those of us able to access it, technology has been a social lifeline. Unfortunately, our increased reliance on technology doesn’t diminish the challenges and dangers it poses.
We offer the guidelines below in the hope that they will help parents who are feeling overwhelmed trying to navigate the amount of technology used in our children’s lives, and in our own. To make technology more of a tool for well-being, rather than a hindrance.
It is also important to remember that many of these products are actually not on your side. The social media platforms that many parents and children use everyday profit by keeping us scrolling, clicking, and watching. The result is a system that creates addiction, self-obsession, misinformation, and content that outrages and polarizes. Children are experiencing some of the worst effects of this broken attention economy.
For years, the Center for Humane Technology (CHT) has been working to create the conditions for more humane technology that supports well-being, connection, democracy, and shared truth.
Until this is achieved, we offer the guidelines below in the hope that they will be helpful to you and your family.