The DoSeum is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Outside the Lunchbox Luncheon, presented by Jana and Jeff Galt. It will take place Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, beginning at 11:30 a.m.
This year, Randi Zuckerberg – Founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, technology and social media expert, author, and mom of two – will share her unique perspective and insight on “Parenting in the Digital Age” and how technology can be integrated into children’s lives in a way that allows them to thrive. She will lead a conversation about how technology has changed, enhanced, and complicated every facet of our lives, from how we interact with our friends to how we raise our children.
Zuckerberg emphasizes that technology – particularly social media – undoubtedly plays a critical role in our everyday life
“You need control over your devices instead of letting them control you,” she writes in her 2013 autobiography, Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives. “Technology is a tool, and whether it creates order or chaos in your life depends on how you use it. The technology itself is neutral. It’s up to you to use it in a way that enhances your life and doesn’t detract from it.”
In her 2013 children’s book, Dot, Zuckerberg explores the interactions between a young child, Dot, and the technologies she uses every day. Dot uses a laptop, a tablet, and a phone, “to surf, to swipe, to share, and to search.” However, Dot also remembers to interact with the outside world, running through meadows, climbing trees, and talking to friends without a piece of technology.
Zuckerberg empowers users – whether they are parents, educators, or children – to engage with technology on their own terms and to embrace the positive impacts of social media. She maintains that people are more connected to each other and that information is more accessible because of the impacts of technology.
She also emphasizes the importance of finding balance between technology and the real world. Children can explore nature, finding interesting plants and animals, and then supplement their discoveries by searching online for more information. Children can enjoy the benefits of engaging with technology and experiencing the world outside of computers and phones – the two do not need to be mutually exclusive and can be equally beneficial.
Zuckerberg’s message reflects The DoSeum’s goal of educating a new generation of techie trailblazers ready to face the challenges of the 21st century work force and thrive in a tech-focused environment. Through Zuckerberg’s unique perspective, The DoSeum is creating a discussion among San Antonio caregivers and educators about how we can constantly improve the San Antonio educational landscape.
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