Parenting Webinar

Parenting in the Digital Age: Finding a Healthy Balance

Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Fortnite and more… Technology is a big part of our kids’ world! Keeping up can be challenging, but a positive and well informed approach can have a big impact on a child’s future and habits. Learn how through the webinars recorded below. Join Mathew Meyers, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in family relationships and healthy technology use including video game addiction and Dave Eisenmann, Director of Instructional Technology & Media Services for Minnetonka Public Schools, as they discuss Parenting in the Digital Age: Finding a Healthy Balance. Get tips and ideas for maintaining open dialog about technology and understand the significant role you play in helping youth be responsible and safe in today’s high-tech world. You can watch the videos in their entirety by starting with the first topic below or skip ahead to specific topics of your choice:

Part I, 53 minutes, audio recording: Screen Time & Balance, Attention & Focus, Addiction, Parenting & Modeling, Monitoring & Filtering, and Age Recommendations

Part II, 54 minutes: Parenting Strategies and Tips, Digital Footprints, Cyberbullying, and Pornography and Sexting

Part I: Screen Time & Balance

(Approximately 9 minutes, 3:50 - 12:50)

Part I: Attention & Focus

(Approximately 4 minutes, 12:50 - 16:50)

Part I: Addiction

(Approximately 4 minutes, 16:50 - 21:00)

Part I: Parenting & Modeling

(Approximately 9.5 minutes, 21:00 - 32:20)

Part I: Monitoring & Filtering

(Approximately 7.5 minutes, 32:20 - 39:40)

Part I: Age Recommendations

(Approximately 5 minutes, 39:40 - 46:40)

Part I: Implementing Changes

(Approximately 4 minutes, 48:26 - 52:40)

  • How to change things now- implement things gradually, step back and start with technology vision for family

    Part II: Parenting Strategies & Tips

    (Approximately 15 minutes, 4:50 - 20:38)

    Part II: Digital Footprints

    (Approximately 6.5 minutes, 20:38 - 27:19)

    Part II: Cyberbullying

    (Approximately 9 minutes, 27:19 - 36:12)

    • Providing some oversight- what are your kids posting, seeing?
    • Don't overreact and judge.
    • Avoid anonymous tools and posts, don't give those sites an audience.
    • How do you represent yourself and interact with others online?
    • Parent modeling- how are you interacting with others online?
    • Use technology with empathy, compassion, and integrity. Remember the golden rule.

    Part II: Pornography & Sexting

    (Approximately 11 minutes, 36:12 - 47:47)

    • Snapchat
    • Hidden apps to hide photos
    • Only digitize things that Grandma would approve--nothing digital is private.
    • Privacy vs. secrecy
    • Sexting
    • Seeking validation
    • See Part I: Filtering
    • Side effects of pornography- impact on relationships, objectifies and places physical connection above emotional
    • Secretive taboo topic gives it enormous power when hidden--kids are learning about sex from the Internet. Take shame out of the equation. Powerful Conversations with Kids: Start with "What if.." vs. "Have you..?"

    Part II: Next Steps & Further Resources

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