Yep. My daughter has always had limited access to media. Once the pre-school years ended (well, maybe around 2nd grade) we cut the cable; she was limited to family approved Netflix media. That turned her into a Trekkie, thankfully. Although she had a computer of her own, she was gated until high school, and by then she was focused on using it for schoolwork (she’s a heavy studier). She has no Facebook or Instagram or any of those kinds of accounts; she can use Snapchat.

Thus, I have a high school senior who is not addicted to technology. She uses it for what it’s for — enrichment. And she has a high school career of straight A’s in a high-performing magnet school (almost, I think she missed twice and got B’s), despite the fact that her SATs are very ordinary and WITH a very consumptive extracurricular life, AND with an entire year of college credit in the bank (literally, at today’s prices) to show for it. Oh — and one top 100 college wants her so bad they accepted her in NOVEMBER.

No way of telling, of course, how much of those results came from us gating her technology access, and how much was just her. But I don’t fix what’s not broken.

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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