Red Nose Day Recognizes Kids Living in Poverty. Article “The Rich Get Smart. The Poor Get Technology: The New Digital Divide in School Choice” Highlights Part of the Problem.

By B.N. Frank

Today is Red Nose Day.  It is unfortunate that so many children are living in poverty in the U.S. and around the world.  There are many reasons for this.  One is educational.

How does technology play a role in this?  No one may have explained it better than Dr. Screen-Free Mom in her 2017 article “The Rich Get Smart.  The Poor Get Technology:  The New Digital Divide in School Choice.

She wasn’t the first and she won’t be the last to emphasize that tech inventors – including the late Steve Jobs – have been limiting their own kids’ use of technology and sending them to private low-tech schools for several years already.  This is while everyone else has been “sold” on the idea that public schools need to be “high tech” and kids need to start learning on it at very young ages.  Even Sesame Street has been promoting tech use by wee ones.

This high-tech marketing to public schools is not going away despite all the evidence it has made it harder to for kids to learn.  The research speaks for itself.  Parents, teachers, even employers are witnessing this first hand.  Many of today’s public school students and recent graduates are now in danger of raising their future children in poverty because they aren’t getting a good education.

Doctors, medical associations and scientists have also been warning about how heavy screen use is hurting children in ways other than educationally.  Articles with research links include:

Why Limit Your Kids’ Screen Time? Anxiety, Depression, Eye Strain, Insomnia, ADD/ADHD, Delayed Maturity, Cancer Risk, Text Neck, Diabetes, Obesity, Digital Addiction, Infertility

“National Screen-Free Week” Starts April 30. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Has Been Concerned About RF Exposure From Cell Phones and Devices Since At Least 2012. 

“Good Morning America” Experiment on Kids and Unrestricted Screen Time

Virtual Reality’s Literal Side Effects Headaches, Sore Eyes, Behavioral Changes in Adults; Eyesight, Balance Problems, Unknown Long-Term Consequences in Kids

“Beyond Digital Addiction: Your Kids May Be Affected by Wi-Fi and Electronic Devices Even If You Aren’t” 

CDC Study: 150% Increase in Autism in U.S. Kids Since 2000. Researchers Suspect Environmental Risks and Triggers. 2012 Research Determined WiFi Radiation Disrupts Blood Brain Barrier, May Cause Leaking

Give Love Not Tech: No “Safe” Level of Cell Phone or Wireless (WiFi) Radiation Has Been Scientifically Determined for Children or Pregnant Women

Chloroform, Engine Exhaust, Lead, and Wireless (WiFi) Radiation are all “Possibly Carcinogenic” — Schools Should Provide Wired Internet

Do Your Kids Think Wi-Fi is Magic? Do You? 

Study of 91,000+Links Nighttime Phone Use With Mental Health Disorders. Decades of Research Says Cell Phone and WiFi Radiation Exposure Can Cause Same Disorders 24/7.

In 2011, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Acknowledged Cell Phone Radiation Affects Brain But Wasn’t Sure It Mattered Even Though Earlier Research Said It Did. 

The Telegraph UK Publishes Article, “Mobile Phone Cancer Warning as Malignant Brain Tumours Double” D’uh. 

Tax dollars continue to be spent so public schools can be “high tech” while tech inventors have known all along that kids shouldn’t use it much, if at all.  How do you like them apples?

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