Free pens are a critical part of the solution to the crisis in Flint, Michigan, but the new technology has been slow to catch on.
But with new research suggesting that these small devices can save the lives of children and even babies, and the promise of new ways to get people to take part in social media and other online activities, the new pens could be a game-changer in helping kids thrive.
The Flint Free Pen Initiative (FFPI) has been using free pens in their community programs for the past few years to help kids in the city of roughly 8,000 people and its surrounding area.
The idea is simple: Put a pen in your hand and the kids can sign a message and then draw it on a piece of paper.
In exchange for the pen, you give the kids something to do with it.
It’s a great way to teach them how to interact online and on social media.
It started with a handful of people who came together for the first time to talk about the concept.
They’re not the only ones: In 2016, a new group, the Free Childrens Foundation, was started to bring the Free Pens initiative to other communities in the U.S. and internationally.
The group’s mission is to “make sure the most vulnerable children are included in all forms of education and the opportunities they need to flourish and grow.”
While the concept may sound simple, the FFFI has been doing experiments with free pens since 2013.
This month, they released a report showing that the pen is having a significant impact in terms of helping children and families cope with the crisis.
The study looked at the effects of pens in schools, community centers, and community events, and found that free pens had a significant effect on kids’ well-being and the development of self-efficacy and confidence.
The research team also found that the pens actually work, and that the benefits of free pens can be seen in the data of how much time kids spend online.
In the first year after using the pens, students spent roughly 13 minutes a day online, which was higher than the national average of about 8 minutes.
After one year, the researchers saw an increase in the amount of time kids spent online and a significant decrease in their time spent in the classroom.
The results suggest that using a free pen actually helps kids thrive, and it also means they’re less likely to have to deal with bullying and depression.
The new research also suggests that the Pens are a much more effective way to help children deal with social media, as well as get to know the world around them.
“The Pens are so effective at connecting them with other kids online, and to the world, that kids are actually less likely, or not as likely, to experience negative outcomes from social media,” said Dr. Katherine Epperson, the study’s lead author.
“This is a way for parents to be able to give back to their children, and we’re seeing kids say, ‘This is my future.’
This is where I want to go.”
It’s not just kids who are using the Pens.
Dr. Eppness says it’s been happening at every level of education.
Free Pens also helps adults, too.
“It’s a wonderful way for adults to have their voices heard,” she said.
“I think it’s so great that parents can really get involved and have their children’s voices heard.”
In addition to the FffPIs findings, researchers from Johns Hopkins University recently released a study that showed that kids with disabilities are more likely to be bullied online.
They also found increased stress and depression in kids with ADHD.
And the Fufon, the Pens and the School Foundation are all helping to bring more resources and support to schools.
The Free Pens are being used in schools as a way to get kids involved in social issues.
“Kids have been really instrumental in this, and this is really a way that we can really support them to learn how to better communicate with each other,” said Elizabeth Schulman, the head of the School Free Pens Initiative.