Today I speak with a psychologist and researcher who has been working for decades to understand and prevent bullying. The word cyberbullying gets used A LOT by young people, and sometimes it's misused. Today I explore how to talk with our kids about cyberbullying and ways we can support them in our schools.
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Staying on task and paying attention in a classroom online when pulled by many tabs and often phones nearby is intensely challenging. Today I share some solutions that kids have shared when it comes to studying online.READ MORE >
I have been asking kids and teens the following, “If you had a totally free Saturday, what would you choose — being at home communicating with friends over social media, or being with your friends in-person?” Every single time I get the same response: “being with my friends in-person.” Learn their surprising responses.READ MORE >
Many young people are feeling disconnected from friends and at the same time, others have been able to maintain a sense of closeness to friends. And, we, parents, are concerned about our kids in these incredibly challenging social times. Today I give tips for talking with your kids about appreciating any goodness happening in their friendships — and how the tech revolution has been helpful.READ MORE >
Today I am sharing an excerpt from the introduction of my new book, Parenting in the Screen Age, and a peek at the Table of Contents too. This book is all about how we, as parents, can feel as empowered as possible to help our kids maintain healthy screen time — whether during summer vacation, a busy school year or stuck quarantined through a pandemic.READ MORE >
Helping our kids find reliable information in the vast swamp of misinformation, disinformation, conspiracies, and propaganda on the internet and social media right now is crucial. To help our kids better understand what they are seeing and not passing on anything suspect, I give you a peek into the 3 questions fact-checkers start with when trying to validate a story.READ MORE >
September is Suicide Prevention Month, and it is important to think and talk about this difficult subject with our kids this month. Today I share ideas about having such a conversation along with a link to a section of Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER that is dear to my heart and really touches those adults and youth who see it.READ MORE >
Today I am sharing some ideas for parents to help decrease tension in the home. Focusing on what we can do — rather than what others are doing that annoys us is key. Bringing down our own stress level works wonders to lower stress in the entire home.READ MORE >
As kids do school from home, how many will have ways to be physically active? And, if you are a parent that has a kid or teen that you have tried everything to get them to move and nothing works, I get you. I don’t have a magic bullet, but I do have some ideas today that may be helpful.READ MORE >
Today I discuss powerful research regarding how sleep deficiency can impact brain development. Having a calm conversation about the latest science of sleep and brain development before even broaching the ideas of new sleep rules can be effective.READ MORE >
Back to school during these COVID times. How to deal with cellphones at their side while kids are in class over Zoom? With school at home, staying off cellphones during classes will be a bigger struggle than ever before. Today, I give tips on how to set up for success.READ MORE >
In today’s Tech Talk Tuesday, I want to share the more significant issue of trust in our internet age.READ MORE >
How the Nurtured Heart Approach 3-steps can make a big difference in the family dynamic. It helps by bringing attention to the positive and giving less energy to the negative. Today I explain how it works and break it down to make it easy to try.READ MORE >
Today I’m super jazzed to announce the official launch of the Screenagers Podcast! I have the first two episodes here for you, one about TikTok and one about video gaming.READ MORE >
In this week’s TTT I talk about a fascinating experiment and an interesting public health campaign that significantly changed youth behavior … and how that can be applied to reducing screen time.READ MORE >
Today I have 22 podcast recommendations for kids and teens (and adults will like many of these too). AND, I’m excited to announce that I will be launching my own podcast in the next few weeks!.READ MORE >
Talking with our kids and teens about media, social media, and the immensely important issue of racial injustice is so critical right now. How do these platforms bring us together to find solutions? How do they fracture us and make finding solutions harder?READ MORE >
Here are some ideas of meaningful things to consider doing with your kids, or suggesting to them. From volunteering, to “Jewelry for Justice” to getting matched with a Sage, to learning about how local government works, and so much more.READ MORE >
We are experiencing an intensity that is hard to put into words, and we must help our kids emotionally and mentally navigate. Their social media feeds — which already were playing a major role in their lives during the pandemic — are roiling with taxing and painful posts of yelling, riots, death. It’s more important than ever to figure out effective ways to be engaged in our kids’ lives. Here are some ideas.READ MORE >