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Live Q&A today at 3:30 Eastern: How is the developing brain of a child like the emerging global brain of the Internet?

"The Internet, like the developing brain of a child, is in a rapid phase of growth and change. This means that just as we must be mindful in how we nurture our children's minds, we must also pay careful attention to how we develop our global brain."

In conjunction with her TED Book, author and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain has put together an excellent short film explaining her fascinating ideas about how brain development in kids parallels the development of the Internet.

You can watch the 10 minute film here: http://youtu.be/zLp-edwiGUU

And then read the book:

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A30S24S
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/brain-power/id576233926?ls=1

And here's an article in the Harvard Business Review about the project:
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/11/how_the_internet_is_shaping_our.html

Author Tiffany Shlain ( http://www.ted.com/profiles/91428 ) will be joining us here for a one-hour Q&A Tuesday, December 4th, from 3:30-4:30pm. Mark your calendars!

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  • Dec 4 2012: and in relation to Aja's question, how do you strike the balance and manage (your) children's use of the internet and other activities considering the draw of screens is so great to children (and adults)?
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      Dec 4 2012: My family and I unplug once a week together as a family. We call it our "technology shabbats" it's really changed our lives. it's been around 2 years that we have been doing it. We also had a screening of "Brain Power" along with Rebecca Randall from "Commonsense Media" which was terrific. That website/org. has fantastic guidelines when thinking of our kids and screens.
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      Dec 4 2012: Really glad I am able to type fast right now;) It's interesting to think that one's fingers are the conduits to our communicating our thinking;)
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      Dec 4 2012: I'd love to hear more about this, as well. :) I loved the description in the book of your "Technology Shabbat". Do you have to lock up your laptops/phones/devices? I don't know how I'd be able to resist checking in with the online world for a full 24 hours!

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