Talk by Joan Almon: Building a Solid Foundation in a Digital Age

Photos – After the talk

Joan Almon’s talk on Building a Solid Foundation in a Digital Age was well attended and enthusiastically received.

Joan wanted to have an informal evening where she would introduce three areas and encourage questions and discussion. The three areas are: the 7 healthy essentials for a strong childhood; the effects of digital screens on childhood; and what digital challenges are coming in the not so distant future.

Read notes from the the talk here


Children and Technology

There has been a lot in the news recently about the dangers of technology for children including addiction and the emotional effects of using social media. See our Find out more page. It seems timely then that Joan Almon is giving her talk this week on how to strengthen the ability of children to deal with the consequences of their use of phones, iPads and computers generally. If you are in London on Thursday, you’re welcome to come along to hear Joan speak. Details are here.

At the start of a New Year

2017 was a good year for the Alliance for Childhood in London with the launch of the London Forum and the work with members of the GLA and others to bring a child friendly element to the Mayor’s new structural plan; the Child in the City conference; the  initiative to hold a conference for young people organised by young people and the production of our newsletter. Thank you to everyone who made all this possible. The work will continue in 2018 and we wish you all a successful year in improving the quality of childhood for all children.

Building a Solid Foundation in a Digital Age

A talk by Joan Almon

Thursday, 11th January 2018 at 7.30–9.00 pm
Salvation Army Hall, Mary Ann Gardens, Deptford, London SE8 3DP
(Off Deptford High Street)

Today’s world requires people with tolerance, empathy, creativity and common sense. Joan will identify how these and other essential human qualities need to be developed strongly in childhood and how too much technology too soon can interfere with their development.

Joan Almon was born in the United States and studied sociology and psychology at the University of Michigan. She was a Waldorf Early Year Childhood Educator for 30 years. In the 1990s she became very concerned about the decline in children’s health and well-being and worked with physicians and educators to found the Alliance for Childhood in the US in 1999. The Alliance addresses a number of childhood issues including the overuse of digital technologies and the need for restoring play.

Doors open at 7 pm. Free entry

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