Helping Kids Break Their Tech Addiction with Coaching | Thrive Global

Helping Kids Break Their Tech Addiction with Coaching | Thrive Global


Hey — I want a lot of focus today, boys! We
got to get in shape for the season when I started having conversations with kids
I’d ask them what they do in their free time and they say I’ll just be on my
phone and then started to look at some of the screen time habits of some of my
players and they were averaging anywhere from five to nine hours of screen time my name is David Klein I started my own
community-based nonprofit called legends baseball when I first started coaching
back at the high school level was when I noticed that the way that the kids were
interacting was totally different than how it was when I was their age the way
it’s gonna work is relay relay I started to take a closer look and I realized
that they were not spending as much time with each other off the field they
weren’t coming before and after practice they weren’t getting their licenses is
that boom right there they were also very stressed out and anxious and sort
of a lack of connection with the kids in general there’s so much pressure on them
to achieve and excel in sports that they just are not making the time to connect
with each other in person and instead of going out and playing outside on a
Friday night or they’re hanging out in virtual spaces like fort night it’s not all about just stopping right
it’s just about moderation if you look at the statistics almost every single
screen interaction that you have is correlated with feelings of anxiety and
stress and everything that you do in person playing sports having deep
conversation is associated with higher feelings of self-worth our whole mission is to reconnect
America through offline experiences we go over social skill development
leadership morning routines nutrition ways to take care of their body ways to
interact with each other a lot of the things that may have been missed through
the years of being on screens during their adolescence
do you see kids that are depressed and anxious at school we’re gonna talk about
this a little bit tonight but I think the key is to intrinsically motivate the
kids to unplug as opposed to going through the path of restrictions
restrictions restrictions let’s teach the kids how to become self-aware how to
self moderate and use it in ways that it’s supposed to use I definitely
enjoyed like not having to constantly look on my phone for like notifications
it made me think more about staying away from technology and being more present
with myself here’s the deal we’re gonna we’re gonna have a little discussion now
there’s something about sitting around a campfire which brings out some really
special moments for the kids I’m working with a computer scientist
from Stanford and he’s helping us build a technology-based solution that’s what
we considered ethical technology which doesn’t steal away attention from kids
essentially gamifying offline experiences and motivating kids to seek
out enriching offline experiences we tried it out with our high schoolers in
the community we put it on about 20 phones and they were competing through
the app for who can get the most sleep who can have the most focused time and
who can seek out the most enriching activities beyond the screen what’s your
relationship with tech I want it way too much okay and I should
probably lay off a little bit as much as I believe that I am very good at
teaching the kids how to hit homeruns and throw the ball further and harder
I believe my purpose in life is far beyond that I want to help them live
better lives

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