Discover Life-Affirming Ways to Use Technology
The Challenges of Screen Time
Children spend 1600+ hours a year with screens, making digital devices the most influential forces in their lives. Yet we know that thousands of studies detail screen-related dangers including ADD/ADHD, literacy loss, bullying and depression. In ICMC programs these concerns are resolved by “priming” young minds for optimal outcomes before turning on digital devices. The results are exponential gains in empathy and learning.
Opportunities for Rapid Impact Learning
The ICMC creates educational programs, parent and teacher workshops, and festivals that model compassionate ways to engage digital devices while ensuring access to high-quality, culturally diverse media.
Changing Brain Chemistry Around Screen Time
The Upside of Digital Devices
The Upside to Digital DevicesHow to Make Your Child More Screen Smart®, Literate and Emotionally Intelligent was written by ICMC director, Nicole Dreiske. Published in May, 2018 by HCI Books), UPSIDE received the National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval. Nicole has since presented talks for the Huffington Post, the UN, and TEDx Chicago.
Accelerate Learning and Foster Mindful Screen Habits
Screen Smart® is an accelerative e-learning program for schools that closes the achievement gap by rapidly improving literacy, empathy and self-regulation — in just 30 minutes, once a week! The child-centered Screen Smart approach teaches healthy tech habits and gives parents new ways to interact with their children around screens.
ICFilmFest – The ICMC takes festivals “where no festival has gone before” with programs of award-winning international and multi-cultural films. The ICFilmFest introduces families to global culture and opens their minds to new perspectives, defusing racial, gender and religious bias.
Global Girls, Women’s View & WorldScene
Global Girls, Women’s View & WorldScene – These inspirational arts residency programs boost prosocial behaviors, reduce aggression and serve as job training for marginalized and abused youth in detention centers, jails and homeless shelters. Using the ICMC’s inclusive approaches, the young people curate a festival and make their own films. Final festivals take place in theaters, detention centers and community centers.