The Technolife Wise Foundation recently launched the “Active Digital Wellness” initiative in collaboration with the Roosevelt High School in Johannesburg.
The goal of the programme is to encourage parents to say yes to waiting till Grade 8 or the age of 14 before giving children access to the internet and social media via a smartphone.
Says Dr. Marlena Kruger, digital wellness coach and founder of the Technolife Wise Foundation, “Roosevelt High School has had a no cell phone policy during school hours since 2016 and the outcomes have been an eye-opener: They have seen a decrease in, amongst others, cyberbullying, and an increase in academic performance and children’s social development. It tells me that the research is true: Our children’s development, growth, and happiness are directly related to the time they spend in front of screens.
“Yet, many parents are still not aware of the neuroscientific and negative impact on their children’s health and well-being when they spend too much time in front of screens, especially when it is on a smartphone linked to the internet and social media,” says Dr. Kruger.
“When you take this pledge, your promise not to expose your children to screens and social media before the age of 14. You will join like-minded parents and support one another to attain healthy habits, as well as be supported to stick to your guns,” Dr. Kruger concludes.
Parents, role models, professionals, and caregivers are invited to take the pledge at www.technolifewise.org
You are also invited to join our free webinar with the theme: Why wait till Grade 8? on Wednesday, 23 November at 18:30 via Zoom. Registration happens on the website when you register for the webinar or complete the Wait until Grade 8 pledge at www.technolifewise.org
For more information
You are welcome to contact Dr. Marlena Kruger for more information about the “Wait till Grade 8 – No cell phones” initiative and/or the launching event at email@example.com or cell phone number 083 456 3505.