My name is Brad Brown, and before anything else, I’m a father. My wife and I are proud parents to a daughter (now 14) and two sons (12 and 8). I know firsthand that kids can be glued to their devices. But the internet isn’t always the most productive space for them—and it creates a disconnect between parents and kids. Whether it’s from videos, social media, or select games, kids are exposed to harmful content on a daily basis.
After studying computer science at Stanford and Cal-Berkeley as well as getting an MBA from the Wharton School, I spent decades building trading software to allow quants and traders to create algorithms and electronically trade. In that time, I rose to the upper echelon of technical leadership at the top firms on Wall Street.
Because of my background as a parent and a trading system techie, I had a good sense of why our kids consume the content that they do, who is delivering it to them, and how this global commercialized content network operates.
By sending messages about home science experiments, backyard sports, and art projects, maybe I and parents everywhere can start to break the addictive cycle of today’s online content.
Learning Break seeks to harness the positive power of the internet.
My fundamental belief is that the internet should add to a child’s educational ecosystem, not detract from it.
At Learning Break, our mission is to re-channel screentime for the greater good—using it to educate kids and get them to better balance online and offline time.