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Children unplugging from mobile devices can lessen anxiety

Posted by Jason Sebell on Oct 7, 2015 9:00:00 AM

The other day Scott forwarded me an article about a group of teenagers in London who intentionally unplugged from the world of mobile phones and apps for a week. The results were incredibly telling.

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Topics: summers unplugged, summer camp in nh, child development, parenting resource, unplugging

Dr. Michael Thompson's “8 Things Parents Cannot Do For Their Children (But Wish They Could)”

Posted by Jason Sebell on Sep 30, 2015 9:05:00 AM

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Topics: child development, michael thompson, Resilience, parenting resource

Scott speaks at the Massachusetts State House about Child Development

Posted by Jason Sebell on May 14, 2015 3:10:48 PM

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Topics: 21st century skills, child development, state house

Child Development Resource: New Science About Adolescence

Posted by Jason Sebell on Dec 12, 2014 9:46:16 AM

Last week I caught this fascinating piece on NPR's Here and Now with Professor Larry Steinberg of Temple University. Steinberg's latest book is titled “Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence”, and it highlights all sorts of new findings coming out of research regarding adolescent brain development. It is also closely aligned with what I wrote about in a blog last month regarding the need for pre-teens to engage in healthy risk taking

Below are two of my favorite excerpts from Steinberg's interview: 

On how education should change in light of his research's findings:
“One thing that we should do in school is to focus more on what experts are referring to as non-cognitive skills and that would include things like perseverance, determination and grit. If you think about the challenge about becoming an adult now, you need to be able to stay in school for a very long time. You need to be able to stay in school through the completion of a four year college degree to get a decent-paying job, and that requires that we help young people develop the capacity to delay gratification and to persevere, even at tasks that they’re maybe not so crazy about.”
On the ‘opportunity’ of adolescents’ malleable brains
“One of the main themes of the book is that we’re discovering that the brain during adolescence is very malleable or very plastic. What that means is that the brain has a heightened capacity to change in response to experience. That cuts both ways: on the one hand it means that the brain is especially susceptible to toxic experiences that can harm it, but on the other hand it means that the brain is also susceptible to positive influences that can promote growth. That’s the kind of opportunity that I think we need to think about in relation to adolescence and it’s an opportunity I think we’re squandering.”
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Topics: child development, new science about adolescence, adolescence

Will Camp Help Us Save The World?

Posted by Jason Sebell on Feb 9, 2013 6:03:00 PM

I spend a whole lot of time in my car, driving to the houses and apartments of the new campers interested in joining the Kenwood & Evergreen community. And with so many hours spent by myself I have this incredible opportunity to listen to some very powerful recordings. Lately, in between the weekly broadcasts of NPR’s “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me” and whatever music has recently captured my fancy, I’ve also been enjoying samples from the vast collection of TED talks.

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Topics: camps kenwood & evergreen, camps kenwood and evergreen, child development, ted talk, jane mcgonigal, saving the world, social skills, solving world problems, fixing problems, problem solving

The Importance Of Unplugging at Sleepaway Camp

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 31, 2013 2:38:00 PM

We spotted two interesting articles online this week, one in and, both on the importance of unplugging from our wonderful world of electronics.  It certainly has been conventional wisdom for quite some time that our children need to disconnect more regularly from their TV screens. New research conducted in the United States and Japan seems to suggest that unplugging ourselves from our gadgets can have a profound impact on our brain’s ability to process information, think creatively, manage stress levels, form appropriate social attachments, and more effectively problem solve. I can recall being five or six years old and hearing my mother regularly ask “why don’t you stop watching cartoons and go outside?” This rhetorical question was typically followed by her belief that so much TV watching would “rot my brain”. It now appears that there may have been solid scientific reasoning behind what she was saying. 

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Topics: importance of unplugging, child development, summer camp, developmental importance of unplugging your child

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