I am passionate about training future generations how to function without a cell phone in their hand. If you stop and think about it, the generations coming up, have never known a world where they did not have instant information at their hands. Instant videos, instant apps, even my husband and I find ourselves saying google it, instead of sending them to a encyclopedia.
When I stop and think about this concept, it excites me at how advanced we have become with technology. Yet, it causes me to be concerned at the same time. Our world has begun revolved around devices. Instead of a phone call, we text or Facebook message, instead of a hand written thank you, we email. I have to admit, I am guilty of this as well.
My concern is the more future generations get away from the hand written thank you and phone calls, the more disconnected they will become from the world around them. When we disconnect from humans, our emotions tend to disconnect as well.
We need to begin to inspire and teach our kids how to use their cell phones and social media in a positive way. Training them to think about pausing before texting or emailing, is what they are about to send worth writing a hand written note? Sure, emailing is faster, but a hand written note causes them to pause and connect to another human being.
Dr. Michele Borba is a international known educator, speaker, and best selling author. Her book, UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World and The Six R’s of Bullying Prevention, are at the heart of Dr. Borba’s message.
On Sept. 28th, she will be speaking in Mason City, IA. Southern Minnesota also has a opporunity to bring her to Albert Lea, MN. Folks in our area will have two possible nights (one in Mason City and the other in Albert Lea) to hear her speak on two different topics.
I want to thank the businesses who have already contributed to bringing in this important speaker to our area, Social Connections, LLC, RCV,Albert Lea Monument and Jim Troe. Our costs for bringing her to our area are minimal compared to what she will teach us as parents, educators, and a community that strives to prepare our kids for the future. $1,000 speaking fee, a one night hotel stay, and a auditorium is all we need! We are still in need of sponsors, you can give at any level you are able to give. Your business will be put on a banner that will be displayed the evening of the event, as well as printed in the bulletin, and shared through social media.
Please consider giving a financial gift to this event! To contribute contact me at [email protected] for more information.