​​​​​​​The Family Tech University Workshop
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​​​​​​​The Family Tech University Workshop
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Summary of Topics Addressed in the Family Tech University Workshop:

Module 1: Orientation

A “bird’s eye” view on why our choices with tech matter in the grand scheme of life. Includes ideas on how tech can help or hurt the amazing and infinitely tangible experience of REAL LIFE.

Module 2: Tech is AWESOME!

Tech is good! Includes an introduction to email, wise-web surfing principles, and a tour of fabulous sites for young people on the web.

Module 3: Social Media Savvy

Includes surprising video content on how massive tech companies are vying for our long-term attention, and the alarming effects of excessive social media use on mental health and body image. Strong emphasis on the GOOD that we can do with social media!

Module 4: Taming Gaming

Includes warnings on the time-sapping, brain-numbing effects of excessive gaming, and a forum for honest self-assessment of the young person's own gaming habits.

Module 5: Pornography

Includes excellent content from the “Fight the New Drug” movement on the addictive effects of pornography. Prompts discussions with a parent about real love and healthy sexuality. Includes messages of hope through Jesus Christ for young people already struggling with the effects of pornography consumption.

Module 6: Cell Phones 101

Includes materials on cell phone etiquette, stark warnings about texting while driving, and the trends of sexting and sextortion. Also includes a sample cell phone contract to help parents communicate smartphone ownership expectations.

Module 7: Be Still

Includes materials on the value of stillness and meditation in life, and an invitation for the young person to create their own “Be Still Experience.”

Module 8: Story of My Life

The pinnacle experience of the Family Tech University Workshop, during which the young person voice or video-records their most deeply held hopes and dreams for the future regarding their high school experience, marriage, family, career, and who they really want to become. A permanent and potent reminder that today’s choices with tech translate into tomorrow’s reality.

Summary of Topics Addressed in the Family Tech University Workshop:

Module 1: Orientation

A “bird’s eye” view on why our choices with tech matter in the grand scheme of life. Includes ideas on how tech can help or hurt the amazing and infinitely tangible experience of REAL LIFE.

Module 2: Tech is AWESOME!

Tech is good! Includes an introduction to email, wise-web surfing principles, and a tour of fabulous sites for young people on the web.

Module 3: Social Media Savvy

Includes surprising video content on how massive tech companies are vying for our long-term attention, and the alarming effects of excessive social media use on mental health and body image. Strong emphasis on the GOOD that we can do with social media!

Module 4: Taming Gaming

Includes warnings on the time-sapping, brain-numbing effects of excessive gaming, and a forum for honest self-assessment of the young person's own gaming habits.

Module 5: Pornography

Includes excellent content from the “Fight the New Drug” movement on the addictive effects of pornography. Prompts discussions with a parent about real love and healthy sexuality. Includes messages of hope through Jesus Christ for young people already struggling with the effects of pornography consumption.

Module 6: Cell Phones 101

Includes materials on cell phone etiquette, stark warnings about texting while driving, and the trends of sexting and sextortion. Also includes a sample cell phone contract to help parents communicate smartphone ownership expectations.

Module 7: Be Still

Includes materials on the value of stillness and meditation in life, and an invitation for the young person to create their own “Be Still Experience.”

Module 8: Story of My Life

The pinnacle experience of the Family Tech University Workshop, during which the young person voice or video-records their most deeply held hopes and dreams for the future regarding their high school experience, marriage, family, career, and who they really want to become. A permanent and potent reminder that today’s choices with tech translate into tomorrow’s reality.

Sources

#StatusofMind Report, Matt Keracher
ABC Nightline
CBS News, 60 Minutes
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Media Library
Common Sense Education Nonprofit
Deepak Chopra (quotations)
Deseret News
The Demise of Guys: How Video Games and Porn are Ruining a Generation, by Dr. Philip Zimbardo
Fight the New Drug Movement
iGen by Jean M. Twenge (Generational differences researcher and author)
The Immersion Project by Robbie Cooper
M. Russell Ballard (talk excerpts)
Netsafe Utah
NS Teens/Netsmartz
Pope Francis (quotations)
WBUR (Boston's NPR Station)
Zero Fatalities (Utah)

Sources

#StatusofMind Report, Matt Keracher
ABC Nightline
CBS News, 60 Minutes
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Media Library
Common Sense Education Nonprofit
Deepak Chopra (quotations)
Deseret News
The Demise of Guys: How Video Games and Porn are Ruining a Generation, by Dr. Philip Zimbardo
Fight the New Drug Movement
iGen by Jean M. Twenge (Generational differences researcher and author)
The Immersion Project by Robbie Cooper
M. Russell Ballard (talk excerpts)
Netsafe Utah
NS Teens/Netsmartz
Pope Francis (quotations)
WBUR (Boston's NPR Station)
Zero Fatalities (Utah)

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