Jenifer Joy Madden is a professor, writer and design who helps parents to raise more durable, healthy and grounded children in this digital age.

In this episode you will learn:
  • The capabilities we have that our phones don't have - our sense of compassion, humility and humour [3:13]
  • Unpacking the "Broccoli Brain" Metaphor when it comes to children [4:58]
  • Managing the brain development of children if they spend too much in a 2D environment like a screen [8:21]
  • "Virtual Autism," and change in children's behaviour as a result of too much screen time [9:58]
  • Recommendations of screen time for children in relation to brian development [12:06]
  • How to be a durable human through the process of self design [15:39]
  • The Harmony Basket and teaching children about separating from their devices and understanding of the self. [20:58]
  • A cultural shift of knowledge - where adults and teachers turned to children to teach them technology [22:43]
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Music courtesy of Tobu - Colors [NCS Release]

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