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How wireless connectivity may ‘disconnect’ the brain

Thursday, August 1st, 2013
013 July Monthly Banana Moments Round Up Photo: QuinnDombrowski via Flickr In a recent article in, Devra Davis, a scientist and president of the Environmental Health Trust, published an opinion piece on cell phone addiction. Citing the South Korean experience wherein one in five students are addicted to their smart phones, she urges U. S. parents and educators to take note. According to her report, South Korea is ahead of the rest of the world with regard to “Internet addiction” as their population of youth is spending the most hours per day on wireless devices. The concern Davis reports is that the brain development is evolving in a lopsided way as the left-side (reasoning/logic) is strengthened by the technology, while the right side (creativity, memory and problem solving) is underdeveloped. The term that the doctors in Seoul use is “digital dementia” according to a Telegraph June 2013 report, because the right side of the brain linked to attention and memory span is crippled thus creating problems for youth resembling an aging brain. Problem solving and relationships may prove more challenging for this generation. (See also the WSJ report.) Wireless connectivity is seductive, and so it is important that we have some way to stage our children’s engagement in the social network in a way that mitigates imbalanced development of the brain as well as unwelcome manipulation of their precious hearts and minds.

Our brains and the parent-child relationship

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Julie Anderson, founder of Your Best Mind in Grass Valley, California, spoke at the Parents Who Rock Meet up in Roseville, California this month. Anderson educates and consults with firms and families on how to understand the brain and personality connection as it relates to relationships and learning. Her message about understanding the brain and the implications for how we parent offers insight for responding to children’s individual reactions to opportunities, constraints and challenges. According to Anderson, we need to be careful that we do not confuse character with brain types influencing personalities. “Every brain has a lead. It drives the way we learn and perceive,” Anderson said. “And it can be confused with attitudes and intelligence.”

Why cyber parenting is not really about the technology

Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Cyber parenting is a paradox. On the one hand, the technology of smart wireless devices and apps has disrupted home life and family relationships. The power of one-to-many communications seduces us away from face-to-face interaction. And it is easy for children to believe that parents have less authority because WWW connectivity affords access to unlimited “knowledge” and people. No doubt technology is definitely a game changer for parenting and family life. On the other hand, the fundamentals of cyber parenting have less to do with technology and more to do with hearts and minds. So let us consider that there are three realms of security in our modern world.

Parents ‘who rock’ support one another

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Photo: modify-evolution via Flickr Here’s the thing about our issues with our kids. It is largely about the parent. As with any other form of leadership, effective parenting that promotes a peaceful and productive home requires integrity and commitment to be the example. It requires discipline, which at first sounds like a ton of time and attention that we don’t believe we have in our hurried, stressed situations. The simple truth is that we are actually wired to overcome adversity, and the modern family is experiencing a lot of it.

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About Joanna Jullien

Joanna Jullien

Joanna ( and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.