Screens are small. Life is big.

LOOK UP.

 
 
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STAND TOGETHER AND RETHINK TECHNOLOGY

Helping families use tech with intention, so that kids grow up captivated by life, not screens.

Technology isn’t a bad thing. It saves us time, allows us to keep in touch, and even simplifies our lives. But when studies tell us that the average smartphone user checks their phone every 4.3 waking minutes, or that the U.S. teen suicide rate has risen with the surge of social media, we have to wonder if we—and our kids—are using technology to our benefit. At START, it is our passion to help parents navigate a changing tech landscape with a roadmap in hand. And it is our privilege to watch families flourish as they reconnect along the way.

We do this by:

  • Raising awareness

  • Bringing parents together to engage on this topic in learning communities

  • Encouraging schools to promote healthy tech use in learning environments

Our goal is to reach a tipping point in Kansas City of families who stand together and rethink technology - developing healthy norms, values and training for tech use.

 
 
The average American teenager now spends nine hours per day immersed in electronic media, not including school-related technology.
— Common Sense Media
 
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NEXT GENERATION CHALLENGES

 

Mental Health + Wellness

Kids in 2018 have ten times the amount of screen time they did in 2011. Learn more about the impact of screens on developing minds.

Social + Emotional Impact

The technology that promises to keep families connected oftentimes leaves them feeling utterly alone. Take a peek at trends surfacing in research on human connection.

 

Work + Life Readiness

In a rapidly changing global economy, the future will depend on our kids being able to enhance their online skills with critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity—which are developed and enriched offline. Find Out More →

 
 

OUR RESPONSE

 
 

EQUIPPING
PARENTS

Surveys show that the number one battleground for families is technology. Our three part series is designed to help parents—and kids—win.

CREATING
AWARENESS

Students, business, and community leaders alike are asking the question: Where do we start? Our answer is simple. Together.

PARTNERING
WITH SCHOOLS

Future-ready students know how to self-regulate their tech use. We help parents and schools work together toward that end.

 
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