The Practically Speaking MOM Podcast is all about strengthening families and one important factor in a strong family is having a handle on internet usage in your home. After all, our children's childhood should be made up of lots of LIVING LIFE to the fullest through experiences and adventures and developing hobbies and talents, and so much more! We talk a lot on our podcast about taking control of the internet and Val thought it was time to bring on an internet expert to help!
Melanie Hempe, BSN, founder and speaker for ScreenStrong Families, helps families avoid problematic screen use - video games, social media, pornography - in their kids' lives. Through ScreenStrong she provides easy education on brain development, the effects of screen use on kids and solutions for parents who desire to free their kids from screen addictions. She helps parents reclaim their kids by delaying the use of toxic screens and helps families regain a healthier use of technology.
Slight caution is needed for very young ears due to the nature of this topic, there are a couple of online issues that are mentioned in name only, no prolonged detail about it and no description, but a couple of words that parents may not want to explain to younger ears.
ScreenStrong Families provides alternative ways to raise kids in a screen-dependent world. If you are ready to stop the screen conflicts in your home and prevent screen addiction, ScreenStrong Families is for you. It's a 501c3 non-profit that empowers parents to take the lead and rethink cultural childhood screen trends, rebuild life skills, and reconnect families distracted by screen overuse.ScreenStrong.com
Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOM, also has an internet resource for your family, called a Family Internet Usage Packet that includes an INTERNET AGREEMENT for your children to sign. This agreement is the one Val uses at her house. It might be exactly what you are looking for or it may be a starting point for you to come up with your own family internet agreement. Val uses this agreement to make the family rules very CLEAR and CONSISE. Then it is also used for ACCOUNTABILITIY QUESTIONS, not in a "policing" kind of way but in a "partnering for your good" kind of way. Here's a link to Val's $2 Download Family ScreenTime Game Plan Packet.
Next week, Val will be sharing a free resource our family uses to help us navigate movies and tv watching that also helps our kids to develop discernment - to help them make better decisions for themselves about what movies and tv they watch. The episode explains how we utilize this resource at each age level to move them toward discernment and self-control regardi
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