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Mothers Against Technology Aims to be Viral Success

A group of Crown Heights mothers is encouraging fellow parents to delay the age that children take ownership of mobile devices calling its use a "failed experiment" in education. Watch the full event that was broadcast on COLlive.com. Full Story, Photos, Video

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June 3, 2021 8:28 pm

So, everyone should stop smoking so that your child doesn’t have that peer pressure? Instead of trying to erase that peer pressure, educate your child to stand up to it and do what you think is right.

Reply to  Silly
June 3, 2021 8:41 pm

You are reacting without understanding. You haven’t taken the time to understand what this is about and it’s so easy to emote via the add your comment here. This is about an entire class of parents making a join commitment together to do what they collectively believe is the right thing to do. It’s a pact entered into freely to strengthen the collective. This only works to the extent that every parent buys in and frankly I don’t know where you’re from but in our hood you’d be hard pressed to find a single parent in early elementary who wants… Read more »

Your statement is a minority
Reply to  Silly
June 4, 2021 1:56 am

I was taught by my mom, just because you are surrounded by rotten tomatoes doesnt give you the okay to become rotten. That stayed with me for life. A few times I was on the way to become “rotten” and then Hashem and the Rebbe saved me, and I fought for staying me. Which by today I’m forever grateful on my life for. But in today’s world it’s impossible to find someone with such a mindset and value.

WOW Yasher Koach
June 3, 2021 8:40 pm

This is wonderful!! I am a baal teshuva but BH was 16 years old before I had a cell phone (mind you, a brick of a flip phone before smart phones were everywhere) and it was a huge bracha that my parents made me wait. I have a 2 year old and I see how DESPERATE she gets when she wants to watch a video or see a phone. I don’t let her hold my phone and I limit screen time to video chat with family (we have none in this state) and one video once per week on erev… Read more »

JJ - The Ice Cream Cake Decorator
June 3, 2021 8:42 pm

Very impressive event!
Thank you Dr. Rosen and rabbi Lipsker!

Thats great for them
June 3, 2021 9:03 pm

But I believe in embracing technology.
Those that didn’t understand technology during the pandemic will unfortunately be left behind for years to come

We all understand technology
Reply to  Thats great for them
June 3, 2021 9:40 pm

This is about limiting child access to it for recreation. Maybe you were not aware, but the homes here were well equiped with ipads for the purpose of learning remotely. The schools here were at the forefront of creative solutions using technology during the pandemic. So, no, I don’t believe that ‘not understanding technology’ is a problem here- when needed for constructive purposes.

But thats my concern
Reply to  We all understand technology
June 4, 2021 12:31 am

That parents would give up the technology that children are using for constructive purposes.

Exceptional Presentation
June 3, 2021 9:42 pm

This is possibly one of the most important discussions I have ever seen, and it is one that also crosses all different cultures and backgrounds, because these handheld digital devices are robbing children of their lives, and I am so proud of all who put this presentation together, because in my opinion this is long overdue.
Thank you again 🙂

CH kids need to invest and build the Youth Center
June 3, 2021 10:45 pm

Kids deserve a place for social interaction, afterschool classes and music, art, sport activities in a safe environment. We need a Youth Center to be open here in CH.
By taking away something you need to give something instead to all kids to benefit, enjoy, and also affordable for the family.
We have so many parents that are busy with parnosah that a smartphone became a babysitter for our kids. We have also so many philanthropists that might be interested to invest in such project.


I think most Crown heights schools offer after school programs for their children, no? Elementary children have what they can productively do in their school buildings till 6:30pm on a daily basis and sometimes later. If they take advantage of that, there’s isn’t much more time between supper, shower, socializing with family and bedtime…

Children, yes (to: trye
Reply to  True
June 4, 2021 8:37 am

But little kids are very easily occupied with other stuff. Middle school has a great after school program as well, but High school has no such activities (we had tests, and school programs, but not recreational activities)

Will this actually help?
June 4, 2021 1:21 am

This is indeed a very important issue. Children should not be on smart devices.
How about parents set a good example for their kids and get off their own phones??
How about high schools take all their student communication off WhatsApp which needs a smart phone?
How about parents focus on setting limits for their own kids instead of trying to set limits for everyone elses kids?
Every parent is going to do exactly what they would have done, pact or no pact…

A locked out option
June 4, 2021 1:59 am

Kol ha kavod for this initiative. it will be a tough one, but if there is an arousal from below, surely an arousal from Above will ensure its success. Being a bit of a smartphone addict myself, I recently put an app on my phone, called Locked Out, you pick the times and apps where the phone is locked, and if wish to unlock it during those times, there is a financial penalty ($6). certain emergency apps can remain unblocked while those apps which are addictive can be blocked. Personally, I lock my phone from 10 pm at night to… Read more »

Ultimately this is a symptom of weak parenting
June 4, 2021 2:20 am

This issue is ONE example of our generations parenting incompetency, with peer pressure putting aside What is actually right

Big tech
Reply to  Ultimately this is a symptom of weak parenting
June 4, 2021 9:13 am

I don’t agree with this. There is no etiquette for using smart phones. Would you take out a book if you were at a meeting for work and start reading it while someone in the room was talking? No. Would you take out your smart phone? Much more likely. We’ve gotten into a rabbit hole and big tech wants us to keep drowning. Their goal is to get us to use these devices as much as possible. It’s financial gain for them. Is there a reason all of big techs kids go to waldorf school where there is a no… Read more »

And now for the adults...
June 4, 2021 9:14 am

Time for us too to take a big step back and focus on what’s important.

This is wonderful
June 4, 2021 9:46 am

This is wonderful and so necessary. Any parent who cares should come on board .

June 4, 2021 10:14 am

A super impressive initiative! Thank you to the fantastic speakers and organizers!

I disagree
June 4, 2021 1:09 pm

I think parents should let kids have phones and just limit it and filter it as they feel necessary

June 4, 2021 1:24 pm

If they’re successful, it * won’t * go viral because people will give up their tech

June 5, 2021 6:44 am

It took us Lubavitch chassidim about 10-15 years to catch on to what the rest of the chassidic/charedi world long ago realised – that these tech items are deathly poison for our kids.

Why are we so far behind the others??

Anyway, I suppose better late than never

teens really resent it
June 6, 2021 2:12 am

I’m talking as a 14-year-old girl about to go into high school. I was really intrigued when i saw this on COL, because just a couple of days ago, one of the moms of a girl in my grade posted this on the mothers grade chat, and asked people to join. everyone wrote that they looooooved the idea, but at the end of the day, not one person commited to not getting their child a phone. The facts are, almost 90% of the girls in my grade have a phone and whoever doesn’t have one is getting one before high… Read more »

Socialization in person
Reply to  teens really resent it
June 7, 2021 9:03 am

The phone takes away the interest in being together in person. It creates a nuclear self- you have everything you need at your fingertips including your friends. You will start to notice you want to be with your phone more then your friends. Your phone becomes your comfort- when you wake up it’s the first thing you turn to.

If I could turn back time I would. In fact, I think I might just get rid of it so I can start living my life to my fullest potential, iyh.

That also applies to adults...
Reply to  Socialization in person
June 13, 2021 10:30 pm

Parents also get addicted to their smartphones