Teens, homework and using their cell phones

Lori Getz, MA Technology Expert, shares advice for parents on how why teenagers often struggle completing their school work when they multi-task online
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Teens, homework and using their cell phones

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Multi-tasking while doing homework doesn't work. The problem with trying to multi-task while doing homework is you've got 2 parts of the brain competing for the same space. While you are trying to understand a concept, read something or do your math homework, you can't have another part of your brain taking in quit bits of information and spitting them back out again. For many of us, we'll start with the to-do list at the beginning of the day and by the end of the day our to-do list is longer because we were never efficient while we were doing it. The idea of multi-tasking is really misunderstood. It's not the ability to do many things simultaneously, but the ability to do one thing after the other in rapid succession. So if you're having a whole lot of short interruptions, you're not being efficient while you're doing your homework.

Lori Getz, MA Technology Expert, shares advice for parents on how why teenagers often struggle completing their school work when they multi-task online

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Lori Getz, M.A.

Technology Expert

Since 2004 Lori has worked as an Instructional Technologist in Los Angeles, CA. She has a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from San Diego State University and is certified by isafe.org as an Internet Safety Specialist. In September 2008 Lori founded Cyber Education Consultants and began speaking to students, parents, and educators about Internet safety, security and ethics.  Since that time Lori has reached out to Internet users across the world!  Her mission is simple- to help bridge the gap between a young generation of digital natives and their parents and teachers. 

Today, Cyber Education Consultants provides workshops, professional development and consulting services to more than 100 schools across the country.

Lori is an educator, mother, and Internet safety expert.  She has appeared on the "Dr. Phil Show," "Today," "HLN," “Dr. Drew” and several other local news and radio programs (including the Ryan Seacrest show on KIIS FM).  She often lectures live, speaking to parents, teachers and students. Lori has been published in several areas including as an online expert for momlogic.com and kidsinthehouse.org.  Most recently was featured in Rachel Simmons’ new edition of “Odd Girl Out” and Lucie Hemmen’s, Ph.D “Parenting a Teen Girl.” She is currently working with the “I Have a Plan” series to develop a children’s book on online safety.  Her insight comes from both her professional and personal life working with children, tweens and teens.  

 

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