Overusing the internet and social media, and spending too much time in front of screens destroy children’s healthy development and learning. Health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and low vision, and learning difficulties such as ADHD, and dyslexia are often the result of too much screen time.
To give parents, caregivers, and teachers the tools to help them stand firm and wait until grade 8 before giving children access to smartphones, the Technolife Wise Foundation is hosting a seminar to become a Digital Wise Parent/Adult on Saturday, 11 March 2023 from 9:00 – 13:00 at Roosevelt High School in Johannesburg.
“The Technolife Wise Foundation launched the No cell phones at School campaign in September 2022 in partnership with Roosevelt High School. The aim is to empower parents through different programmes to stand together to say Yes to waiting until Grade 8 to give children access to smartphones,” says Dr Marlena Kruger, digital wellness expert, coach, and founder of the Technolife Wise Foundation. Dr Kruger was also recently received the Global Woman Leader Award from the World Women Leadership Congress in India.
“If technology executives that flourish on the success of technology are banning smartphones for their children until the age of 14 (in alignment with the age restrictions for many social media apps and even 16 for WhatsApp), should we not do the same,” Dr Kruger concludes.
Event registration: https://technolifewise.org/events/
Watch the Roosevelt video here: technolifewise.org
More about Dr Kruger:
Dr Kruger is a qualified radiographer who studied further in Education. She received her doctoral degree in the Psychology of Education from the University of Johannesburg. She is a multiple international and national award winner, and a TEDx and motivational speaker. She has authored many scientific articles as well as several books. She has had many different media engagements over the past years, focusing on a wide range of screen addiction and related digital wellness topics. The focus of her work is to empower parents and people to work together to protect and nurture our vulnerable children and future. In December 2022, she received the Africa Edutech Leader Award in Mauritius.
Dr Kruger has also developed a range of EMF protective products, called WoWe® to create a World of Well-being and Wellness. These products protect against the negative health effects of the wireless EMF radiation coming from e.g., cell phone towers, cell phones, wi-fi routers, smart meters and other wireless smart devices. She also uses a range of different natural modalities to assess and improve the overall health and well-being of her clients.