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The future of education in the age of AI

  Machine vs. Man:  "Education, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery", said Horace Mann, an 18th century American educational reformer and promoter of public education....

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Strategies to combat teen screen time

  These days down time means screen time for most of us, adults and children. If screen time is a point of contention for your family, especially in the evenings after you gather back in the house after work and school, here are a few strategies that can help...

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How to create a Content Copywriter “résumé”

  As résumés are going out of fashion, why not standout in the job market by showing your creativity and sense of humor? Here's a sample "résumé" for applying to a content copywriter job position. A relevant bachelors degree, experience and referrals are a bonus. *...

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Social media etiquette for teens

  We've all been thrust into the world of technology without a guidebook. Add to this mix -teens, their growing brains and varied interests, and things can get confusing and overwhelming pretty quickly. In the midst of such a digital landscape where devices rule our...

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Finding civility in chaos

  Can we really define chaos?  Let's imagine you are in the deep woods taking a hike. This overgrown forest seems beautiful where every tree, plant and critter has found a perfect home and is in peace with the environment around it. But, has this place been like this...

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Rules of engagement with social media for teens

  Teenagers download social media apps like Instagram and Snapchat within 2 minutes of receiving their new smart phones. That's the lure of these people networks. So, it makes sense to stay informed about all the right ways to engage with strangers and friends while...

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Things to remember about social media

  Here are a few things to remember while browsing the ubiquitous, pervasive and revolving door of the internet at our palms. It's a choice:  Remember social media is a choice. And because its a choice, choose active engagement, not passive consumption. Real life...

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Why life feels overwhelming even in the first world

  First world problems: Who said we need a stack of unread books on our night stand, a pile of dirty laundry at the foot of our bed and a load of dirty dishes in our kitchen sink to remind us the horrors of living in the first world? In developed countries like...

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How to determine if you’ve a digital addiction problem

  You're not completely to blame:  First, its not all about you, and your weak willed nature that's making you a screen sucking monster. Read about how Big Tech is engineering addiction. What's going on?  In countries like China and Korea, internet addiction is...

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Here’s why we’re addicted to technology

  Why we crave digital distractions?  Unlike real life that can be boring and monotonous, on the internet, even if you want nothing, you can always get something. When we are bored, lonely and feel like we’re unable to make a dent in the world like we want to, we seek...

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3 strategies to counter distraction addictions

  Predict, Mitigate and Eliminate distraction addictions: There are three ways we can deal with a myriad of distractions we face each day. Because managing distractions is a huge part of maintaining our attention on the big projects and long term goals of our life.  ...

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This is Humanity in the throes of technology

  Humanity in the throes of technology:  Technology is objectifying humanity. Our fellow humans have turned into objects because we prefer to ignore them to focus on our devices. Thanks to technology, we have facts and truths at our finger tips. But unlike facts,...

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Robots + Empathy > Human Potential

  Robots vs. Humans: Now:  If robots and animals had superior cognitive abilities than us humans, we would not be running the world today. Only humans have the power of imagination, intense curiosity, and can understand the cause and effect scenarios. Only we can...

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The Teen Social Contract

  As parents we are struggling to wriggle out of the strong, addictive grips of the Big Tech. Our children are growing up in a post figurative society where they don't need us for answering any questions they might have. Yet, if we don't teach them and ourselves how...

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What is Grit and why do we need it

  What is Grit?  There's a song in the movie Zootopia, which goes like this: “I won’t give up, no I won’t give in Till I reach the end And then I’ll start again” The song is about not giving up. Its about not giving up in the face of difficulty. Its about finishing...

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Here’s why your child is hooked onto social media

  Teenagers now average almost half of the amount of sleep that their counterparts did just a decade ago. Teenagers are finding themselves mostly distracted, lost and overwhelmed. And sadly the reasons have nothing to do with the academic pressure they face at school...

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Strategies to grow attention span

  This past Wednesday afternoon, my 9 year old son kept switching between two tasks. Writing a full page of a mantra praising Lord Shiva, a homework from our Sunday Hindu school. (He hated it) Reading 10 pages of the comic book, Calvin and Hobbes. (He loved it) As he...

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Here’s how you can extend your brain

  What is Brain extending:  We usually don't live in the present moment, because we find ourselves overwhelmed in our heads with tasks that need to be remembered, facts we've just learnt and out-of-the-blue ideas that have sparked inside of us. At the same time, we...

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Know the Signs of violence

  Will debates work if there is no action?  16-year-old school shooting survivor, Lyliah Skinner, asked a question about gun access to teens: "As our legislators and leaders, they shouldn't be offering prayers and words, because those mean nothing. We need action,...

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What’s Facebook been upto? No good.

  How Facebook is killing comedy: This is how Facebook is making news waves these days. And its not looking good. The Split Sider magazine has published an interview with Matt Klinman, a writer from New York City. Here's an excerpt. The whole story is basically that...

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Personal Growth Factor

  Charles F. Kettering quoted once, "High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation." Ask your children every morning, "What do you hope to aim for today? What new things do you plan to learn and try today?" The nature of change I recently...

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Here’s how Big Tech’s court-ordered ads will look like

  Here's a hypothetical scenario of the future of our technology revolution. Year 2118 Big Tech companies, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google, lovingly known as FAANG, have spent decades manipulating the levels of dopamine of humanity by making our digital...

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Positive Self Esteem

  Importance of self confidence and self esteem A caregiver's nurturing contact builds a child's sense of self worth. When children find themselves to be the center of attention of their parents or their caregivers, it lifts their sense of self immensely. The...

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Likability and Success

  Let's say, your child knows he has to work diligently and study hard if he wants a better future for himself. But, without the lights turned on in his path, how would he know where to go and what to begin with? A good parent turns on the lights for his child. But, a...

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A case for technology

  While I was researching to write articles on digital derailment and digital minimalism, my son asked me one time, "What are you doing, mom?" to which I said, "I'm watching the video, 'Could you live without a smart phone?' He replied, "You mean, you're watching it...

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Future STRONG – Peak Productivity

  Personal accountability leads to extraordinary personal productivity. And channeling that productive energy in the right direction can transform children into leaders. And, its possible for these little beings to become great leaders while keeping their humanity...

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Future STRONG – Soft Skills

  If we don't channel children's energies into productive arenas, we can't expect to create very many brilliant minds for the future. Children these days have no lack of confidence about the things they know AND don't know. But, if we want to raise emerging leaders,...

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Digital Revolution in the 2010 Decade

  In late 2014, when some counties in Georgia claiming to be "early adapters of technology" started the "BYOD - Bring your own device" program in their schools, it gave me a pit in my stomach. Children were welcome to bring their own iPads and tablets to learn in...

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How to practice Digital minimalism

  Continued from Part I: Hurtling towards a digital derailment. What we're actually doing is creating an entire generation of mini little addicts that are getting hardwired to believe that their sense of self worth and their sense of coping...

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Hurtling towards a Digital Derailment

  Facebook literally changes your relationship with society, with each other. It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains. It's a social-validation feedback loop... exactly the kind of thing that a...

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Let’s do something meaningful, no not Facebook

  Imagine a sea of people sitting in a town square, fully present, deeply centered, heads down in a state of rapt attention and effort. They are staring down intensely with palms resting in their laps yet they are not meditating. Hint: Their fingers are frantic. Good...

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Focus: The new age currency

  Disclaimer:  This post will require your undivided attention.    What's that? Focus, the concept of undivided attention is staying on a task for an extended period of time. It's our capacity to do deep, uninterrupted, quality work. A recent Bankrate survey of top...

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Hyper-connected parents; Dis connected progeny

Tag line: Dispatches of parenting wisdom from a hyper connected mom in an over wired society.   PARENTAL CULPABILITY:  I recently went to a book signing event by Dr. Madeline Levine, a mother of 3 boys and the author of the book, Teach Your Children Well, as she spoke...

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Now

Of all the things I have and can desire to have, my time on this earth, and the time my kids will have of mine is finite. I am mindful of that. What I am also painfully mindful is that I do not choose well how I spend it. As an adult, time and the freedom to do...

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A day in the life of a hacker

Trying out the last Mother Facker costume. Adrenaline rush.. Psychotic pleasure imagining the victim cringe upon realising the damage to his/her privacy.. Anti social behavior Spiritually and psychologically homeless Being a worthless piece of sh*t on the planet.....

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Life….. Brought to you by texts and emails

  Well, I used to think it was rude a few years ago, to tell the other person on the phone that I am no longer interested in the ongoing conversation and that I am bored to death and want to slam the phone down on him / her.. So, I would listen on intently to my...

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