We’ve long suspected that regular iPad use and today’s multidimensional video games might have negative impacts on kids, especially when they’re young. Now we know this to be true and we cannot ignore it. Vastly differentiated from the passive television watching of the not-so-distant past, today’s tech is DESIGNED to get kids addicted, keep them needing more and leaving them feeling isolated and depressed. If there was ever a time to reduce screen time in your household, it’s now. The data is in. As a more healthy alternative, try giving kids new exposures like Kidevolve’s Creative Mind Journeys (our wildly silly, super fun mindfulness audio tracks), or Tinkercast’s Wow in the World podcasts (delivering science though amazing, compelling audio journeys). In both cases, kids can still use tech as the delivery platform… but now, wee imaginations are truly encouraged to expand, problem solve, test and unfurl! Watch the change in positive behaviour (and inner joy) after only a few audio exposures, and ask kids how they feel by contrast. Their answers might surprise you, Thank you 60 Minutes and Anderson Cooper for such excellent, valuable reporting!
Kidevolve is all about empowering families with tools that let kids strengthen and expand their capacities for kindness, compassion, focus and inner calm. Here's an amazing list of books, curated by Sharon Rawlins (youth services specialist at the New Jersey State Library) that help kids make sense of their worlds and feel more confident emotionally. When your done reading this list, check out Kidevolve's Bookshelf too (here, you can find even more books that focus specifically on transferring valuable EQ skills).
Spring has sprung, and the Danforth Kidevolve kids poured into our class teeming with excitement. We just about squeezed ourselves when we heard the kids have been practicing the Kidevolve techniques at home with their families. That’s our goal!
Tuesday's class was filled with music, movement, breath, games and a gathering of energy that was palpable. We have two sweet stories to share from the night.
We launched one of our parent-hosted programs in the Danforth area this week. The reviews? 2 little kid thumbs up. This incredible group of Kidevolve kids sang their hearts out, moved to their own rhythm, and soaked up the tools we shared like little sponges.