Life without the internet

If you are feeling swamped, overwhelmed and dictated to by the internet, then yes, leave it. Take a break. Get away from it . Live your life. Paul Miller gives some interesting insights because his job relies on the internet but he hasn’t really known a life without the internet and social media. The difficulty with the internet is that is has become very dictatorial and proscriptive and Paul Miller has discovered insight into that by not being tied to the internet. After my 3 lengthy outages from my internet and home phone this year I found that I did have more time, I was doing things differently and I was able to become more involved with real life. I was never bored. I have other interests and other ways of connecting with people. I was still using my phone and computer apps for things…those which were not dependent on an internet connection. It was hard to do some business activities because so many of them rely on an internet connection. I know really intelligent, vibrant, creative people who have very little to do with the internet and don’t want to participate in what they see as very low level engagement and thought. The internet is there for us to use. It is amazingly helpful and does facilitate so many ideas and collaborations which could not or would not otherwise occur. How you use it and why you use it is your decision and I think this video looks at how we can sometimes let the internet run our lives and personalities. Worth viewing and then worth doing an internet use audit.

Digital colouring in books

Colouring in bookThey are everywhere. Wherever you go you see the colour art therapy books and they have gained in popularity. It is a nice thing to do. You can get digital ones now too! The Coloring Book Club is offering a free download for you to try. You fill in your email address, verify it and then you can download the pdf file. It then also offers a paid version with all the book club support and community. Your choice. I have downloaded my free one. One of the initiatives our school took was to offer colouring in for students on behaviour management. It made such a difference in my experience. It gave the student time to settle down and process what had been happening so that after a lesson they could talk comfortably about what had been a difficult situation which had culminated in their being removed from class. It meant the conversations after that were logical and rational. Colouring in is a powerful tool for self awareness and management.

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