TECH TOOLS & RESOURCES 

Some technology is really useful and can help us without being super time suckers.

Here are some tools to help you with screen time management so you have less distracted time.

FAMILY

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Find information about the company's family features and parental controls all in one place.

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Monitoring app that tracks your smartphone use and compares your usage with others.  Parental version lets you take control of another android device. 

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For all things media, relating to kids.  Ratings, reviews, education. This is a one-stop shop for families.

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Find information about the company's family features and parental controls all in one place.

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Limit daily internet time for platforms, apps, and more. Circle with Disney lets families manage content and time online, on any connected device.

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A parental control phone tracker to help keep kids safer online. Bark monitors social media, text and

email on Android and

iPhone devices.

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A catch-all family locator and screen time management solution that lets parents block or grant access to internet and apps on your child’s device at any time, from anywhere.

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Tips for families including an online Family Media Plan which can be useful for setting up tech boundaries with young children.

PRODUCTIVITY

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Time tracker and website blocker for increased productivity at work.

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Tracks how much time you spend on your iPhone and iPad. Not available on Android yet but

coming soon.

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App and website blocker to help you reclaim focus and productivity.

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Helps you get control over your data and decide who gets to see what (financial, social, health in 1 place).

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Offers a pouch system

to create phone-free spaces for artists, educators, organizations

and individuals.

FOCUS & STRESS REDUCTION

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Control your phone.  Improve your home screen and have interruptions only when you want them.

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An app to help you manage anxiety, lower stress and get better sleep.  Learn mindfulness and

meditation techniques.

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Helps you stay focused and be present during periods of the day when you need uninterrupted work or personal time.

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A website where you can

find info on how to stop

your mind from wandering with mindfulness and meditation tips.

Offers a wide range of tips and app suggestions to help you curb your tech dependency.

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VIDEOS

Tech Companies Control Billions of Minds Every Day 

A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day, says design thinker Tristan Harris. From Facebook notifications to Snapstreaks to YouTube autoplays, they're all competing for one thing: your attention.  Check out the Center for Humane Technology whose mission is to advance thoughtful solutions to changing the system.  They are pressing the big tech companies to realign technology with humanities best interests.  

How Tech Has Kids Hooked

Are your kids addicted to technology? Six teens speak openly and honestly to Common Sense Media about their relationship with social media, gaming and getting caught up in technology.

The Secret to Living Longer May be Your Social Life 

The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to psychologist Susan Pinker, it's not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders healthy -- it's their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions. Learn more about super longevity as Pinker explains what it takes to live to 100 and beyond.

ARTICLES

Reading a Newspaper

The Daily Mind,

January 15, 2018.

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Harvard Business Review, Neil Pasricha, March 16, 2018. Untouchable Days are an excellent way for getting back on track and achieving creative and rewarding work.

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The Guardian, Daniel J Levitin. January 18, 2015. 

neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient.

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Washington Post, Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson, June 13, 2016. Discusses how phones are exerting stress on an array of muscles, nerves and tendons.

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Talent Smart, Travis Bradberry, Ph.D.  October, 2014. Research shows multitasking is less productive than doing a single task at a time.

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The tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia - The Guardian, Paul Lewis. Oct 6, 2017.  Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from

the internet.

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Psychology Today, Liraz Margalit Ph.D. April 17,

2016. Studies connect delayed cognitive 

development in kids with extended exposure to electronic media.

Popular Science, Whitson Gordon, September 24, 2018. Some ideas on how to trick your brain into puting down your device.