On Sunday June 11, 60 Minutes aired a very revealing and insightful expose on how cyber tools and applications are designed to efficiently and proficiently engage the intellect and will of people so that they easily become addicted to the device – which then translates as advertising revenue.
The title of the feature: Brain Hacking.
 (Featured photo via Pixabay PDPicks)
According to this news story, the tech industry uses the science of the brain to develop specific features and experiences in apps and devices that secure our constant attention in two main ways: 1) to trigger and maintain a fearful impulse in the lower brain that deals with primal emotion (fear) to stay connected to the social network (i.e., fear of missing out, or FOMO), and 2) to activate the reward system of the brain to mimic the sensation of being secure and connected (or loved as it means securely attached in a safe community) with constant notifications of “likes” and “mentions” that offer very little real value and if unchecked can leave people feeling disconnected, empty and isolated.
It is an exploitation of our humanity that happens when this magnificent innovation is not used for good, and when operating in a family culture ill-equipped to educate youth about their own inner resilience to use technology in ways that make life better. Technology, therefore, is having a serious impact on shaping the perceptions of young people; perceptions about life, power and control which need to be formed in a family culture that regulates the use of apps and devices.
So this newsletter feature is about the empowering logic that makes it possible to respond with confidence to the experiences on and off line that are invasive and disturb the peace of our children. Indeed there is an app to counter the addictive, bullying impact of the cyber-powered social network. It is the spirit of power and love and sound mind in every person that makes our human condition vulnerable and yet fault tolerant. Read more hereEmpowering logic to counter ‘13 Reasons Why’ a child commits suicide.
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We are indeed fault tolerant.
This mini-book offers fundamental thought leadership to restore parental confidence for people of all creeds and social backgrounds, in the face of the adversity we and our children are experiencing including anxiety, bullying, addictions, and sexual exploitation.
By Joanna Jullien
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A helpful tool:
Keep medications out of the hands of youth:
CPY Leadership Retreat:Youth and adult voices united
July 20, 2017,Rocklin California
Joanna is serving as chair of the Coalition for Placer Youth. She will be one of the speakers; her topic is:
“How to avoid social media traps “


Core Connectivity 2017 – Fall Symposium
Our response to violent extremism: Resilient youth & families
Friday, September 22, 2017 –8:30am sign in/9am to 3:30pm
Sacramento, California  (venue to be announced)
In Partnership with:
  • Great is Thy Faithfulness/Outside the Walls Ministries in Sacramento
  • Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn, Metahab specializing in trauma and resilience
  • Mikenzie Howard, Senior Community Engagement Coordinator in Northern California, DHS Office for Community Partnerships
  • Prison Families Aftercare in Auburn
Event Objective Engage professionals and faith leaders working with youth and families struggling with behavioral health issues to a unified effort to support the parent-child relationship and strengthen the role of the parent in the home in a cyber-powered world that hypes fear and anxiety.
Problem addressed The dynamics of economic, technological and demographic change create uncertainty and insecurity – a power crisis that can lead to anxiety, bullying, addictions, sexual exploitation and violent extremism. The one-to-many mass communications in the hands of youth have increased vulnerability to behavioral health issues.
Keynote topics:
Role of parent/Family Culture in building resilience to radicalization of youth  Countering violent extremism in the social network and in the flesh.
Trauma-informed leadership at home and in the community.
Youth, Interfaith and Law enforcement
Stay tuned for more information!
Contact Joanna to secure early registration information.


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Fresh Start Families: Raising kids to be smarter than the devices
Core Connectivity offers Fresh Start Family Culture training to help parents exercise control over the home in ways that builds trust so as to instill discipline and empower family members. To book an event at your school or church, contact Joanna or 916-521-7203
Fresh Start Family – Two 90-minutes sessions. To take an assessment and discuss whether this will meet your family need, contact Joanna or 916-521-7203
We certify Educators, Counselors and Therapists to integrate Fresh Start family culture principles into their practice
Learn more about Fresh Start Certification
Schedule an appointment to discuss Fresh Start Certification for your practice: contact Joanna


About:  We are a non-profit education center founded in Roseville, CA to strengthen the parent-child bond in a hyper-connected world. Our mission is to restore families with the mustard seed of faith that declares liberty already belongs to the soul because one God, the Creator of all humanity, grants every human being intelligence and free will to choose what to believe, and that is power that can never be taken, but is easily surrendered to the bully, the drug or the device. To that end, ten percent of all proceeds are donated to prison ministries. Your donations are greatly appreciated. (Donations are payable to Banana Moments Foundation).

Joanna Jullien, Founder & CEO of Core Connectivity
Photo by: Victoria Hatch

Joanna Jullien is an author, educator and consultant on strengthening the parent-child relationship in a cyber-powered world. She is a former technology executive trained in behavioral science at U.C. Berkeley, a mother of two grown sons, and an author of books for practical guidance on parenting, growing up and family life in the network culture. As a family and technology culture advisor, Joanna has appeared on 103.9FM The Fish, 710AM Keeping Faith in America, 1380AM The Answer, and Examiner.com.