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Tech Talk: Family Fix

Author Andrea Gribble encourages parents and kids to think outside of the iPad and set technology boundaries.

They may be young, but to them, event the latest technology is old news.

Now a mom and social media expert is getting kids to think outside the iPad and consider how too much tech impacts them inside their homes.

“Society today has an issue with being addicted to our technology,” Andrea Gribble said.

“This is an especially important topic in this day and age,” Staci Martinson, 3rd grade teacher, said. “Our kids are constantly on a device of some sort.”

In 2015, the pew research center shows that 92 percent of teens go online daily including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly.”

“We really challenge these kids to talk with their own families and try to set ground rules,” Gribble said.

Andrea Gribble is a mom of two and a stepmom of four. She runs a social media company called #SocialSchool4EDU that helps schools with social media management and engagement in their communities.

But as time went on and smartphones seemed to become as much of a constant in our lives as the air we breathe, she noticed there were no books on how to talk about technology boundaries with kids. So Gribble decided to write one.

“This is a book that really encourages families to make changes at home,” Gribble said.

The Von Awesome Family in a Digital Daze was born and now Gribble takes her tech talk on the road, encouraging kids to strike a healthy balance.

“I love to go out and visit with schools and share,” Gribble said.

School-age children receive a contract Andrea Gribble presents when she visits schools. “You had to go home and write rules for when you could play electronics,” one student said. “Everybody in your family had to sign it.”

“It was very interesting, how much more time they could have with their families,” another said.

“If we can start in the home and make little changes in our own families, that can mean the world of difference,” Gribble said.

Ms. Martinson responded, “It is the way of the future, but at the same time there has to be some balance, so her book comes at a great time. I’m sure this is going to spark a lot of discussion.”

Gribble said she is on a mission to get this topic out to more families and more communities. She is offering the family contract download on andreagribble.com for any family interested in getting out of a digital daze.

“I think I’m going to do it when I get home,” said a student.

Contact Andrea to book a school visit or schedule a media appearance