In this episode we meet a high school senior who did not want to replace her smart phone when it broke. She had recently learned that the cobalt used to build lithium-ion batteries comes from the Congo where adults and children mine it under very dangerous conditions. Her dad wasn't too keen on the idea of no phone because, let's face it, smart phones have made keeping track of and communicating with our teens much more convenient. We get a glimpse into her world, how she feels with less phone communication and the ways she is taking charge of her own life as she prepares to leave for college.
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Vashti Summervill is a PCI Certified Parent Coach and a certified teacher in the state of Idaho. She is the secretary of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Coalition and the co-chair of the St. Luke’s Pediatric Family Advisory Council.