A few weeks ago, I had an image in my mind that wouldn't go away. So often, I corelate technology with dangers, developmental delays, devastation, and yes...death. Admittedly, I often think of the cyber-negatives long before I think of the cyber-positives. I attribute a large portion of that way of thinking to my concern for our children. When you spend an incredible amount of time researching studies, reading articles, reviewing data but in the most obvious sense, simply through observing the world we live in, sadly, death is sometimes one outcome as a result of the digital landscape we inhabit. Other outcomes are addiction, depression, distraction, and sleep deprivation to name a few. When statistically, our youth are dying by suicide at an alarming rate and many studies are uncovering that the 24/7 digital world is a huge contributor, you pay attention.
This image in my mind was gnawing at me. I believed it was there for a reason at which time, I shared my thought with my visually brilliant friend, Elisabeth Peacock. As you can see, we executed what was living in my brain. Chilling?... Yes. Controversial?... Perhaps. Unrealistic?... Unequivocally, NO. The photo we created serves as a discussion piece for parents, educators, counselors, physicians and all who may or may not be convinced that the dangers are there. As severe and intense as the image may be, it's the harsh reality that technology can be considered a weapon when not utilized appropriately, become an addiction when self regulation is underdeveloped, and when these two things come together, our children are at grave risk. Tread carefully my friends and...….. keep talking.