14 Feb

Smart Phone, Landline, Flip(in’) Phone

In this episode we meet a high school senior who did not want to replace her smart phone when it broke. She had recently learned that the cobalt used to build lithium-ion batteries comes from the Congo where adults and children mine it under very dangerous conditions. Her dad wasn’t too keen on the idea of no phone because, let’s face it, smart phones have made keeping track of and communicating with our teens much more convenient. We get a glimpse into her world, how she feels with less phone communication and the ways she is taking charge of her own life as she prepares to leave for college. 

Vashti Summervill
I consider it my life’s work to build community and connection. I am a warrior mom of two teenage girls, a passionate educator and musician. I also have first hand experience parenting a teen through very difficult times. I have embarked on a journey to combine my experiences as an educator, artist and as a parent to help develop programs to support and educate parents, especially those struggling in their relationship with “tweens,” teens and young adults. I am a graduate of The Parent Coaching Institute. I am currently the co-chair of the St. Luke’s Pediatric Family Advisory Council representing families with children hospitalized due to a mental health crisis. I am on the board of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Coalition. I am an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and I am committed to their Principles of Good Practice.

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