Rosa Parks

7 Simple Steps to a Digital Detox – NEA Today

Do you sleep with the phone next to your bed?

Or worse, on or under your pillow with it pinging or vibrating with every text, Tweet, or notification?

Do you feel insecure if your device isn’t nearby or on your person?

If you say yes, to any of these queries, maybe it’s time for a digital detox.

If we are going to preach to our kids to be less dependent on technology in their daily life, to limit their screen time, then we should model balanced digital habits ourselves. To help with that, here are seven simple steps for a digital detox with no FOMO.

FOMO or the “Fear Of Missing Out,” as Dr. Jennifer Shapka of the University of British Columbia defined it, is the “fear that others elsewhere are having more fun, or that you are missing out on a rewarding experience. It can lead to feelings of anxiety, envy, insecurity, and loneliness.” 

FOMO is something our kids feel every day. So many of my students come to me in the mornings to borrow device chargers because they fell asleep with their phones on the pillow next to them, not plugged in, but now, not wanting to miss a single Snap, text, or Tweet, they need a charge. They worry that if they’re not posting a selfie about their life, they’re not living their best life. Sometimes we grownups feel the same thing!

Taking a digital detox, or at least adopting a few new mindful tech techniques, can be a healthy step forward. 

Source: 7 Simple Steps to a Digital Detox – NEA Today

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The NEA Guide to Activism That Counts – Education Votes

When President Donald Trump and his uniquely unqualified Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos laid out their agenda to divert taxpayer dollars from public education to private school vouchers, they ignited a firestorm among those who believe in the fundamental promise of public education.

Much of what the Trump administration is proposing at the federal level is already being passed at the state and local level. And that’s why:

Local activism is key to winning for students. 

Nationwide, there are everyday people who care deeply about their public schools are looking for ways to help defend and improve them. They are educators, parents, students, and other concerned citizens. They are Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

If enough public education supporters act locally, we can win nationally.

What does it mean to speak up for education and kids? Everything you do to stand up for public education helps. Perhaps you are already engaged in online activism and organizing. But the most critical actions you can take will be on the ground and in person, at rallies and protests, at meetings with elected officials, and at any assembly open to citizen input. Local educators have the greatest impact working through their union to earn community support and speak up together.

(L to R): Washington educators occupy Olympia; educators and parents speak up for public schools; a teacher canvasses in Ohio; educators lead a rally in Austin.

We spoke to NEA educators from across the country to gather their best advice on becoming an effective advocate for public education. Here’s what they had to say:

Source: The NEA Guide to Activism That Counts – Education Votes

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