This first part of a five-part series is a gentle introduction for parents, guardians, and for anyone entrusted with the health and well-being of our children. Holli speaks with educators Ed Berger and Dan Kenley presenting information about the damage electronic screens (smart phones, iPads, video games) have on our children's health. Because Holli is concerned that much of this new information will cause an overreaction and possibly generate guilt and negative responses, she takes a soft-spoken but professional approach. She identifies dangers and offers courses of action that will alleviate these problems. The next episodes go deeper into the issues we all need to be aware of.
Real Power Means Being Informed!
Take a listen! Screens Kids Introduction : Why Should We Care?
In the second podcast, Holli encourages parents and guardians to take a deep breath as we define "screen dependence" and delve into some of the clinical and behavioral effects of both passive and interactive screen time. Holli focuses attention on "Electronic Screen Syndrome" - a new disorder identified by Dr. Victoria Dunckley in her book "Reset Your Child's Brain." Other behavioral effects are discussed such as "acquired" ADD and ADHD as well as the exacerbation of both disorders.
Take a listen! Screen Kids II: Behavioral and Clinical Effects!
In Podcast III, Holli discussed the psychological and emotional effects of passive and interactive screen access and exposure. As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Holli explains her deep concerns over the detrimental impact on children's self-worth and self-esteem. In Holli's words, "With our kids measuring their worth and value from an unrelenting supply of artificial sources of validation and with many tweens - teens feeling more "disconnected and isolated" from meaningful relationships, studies have shown that depression and suicide rates have increased drastically among youth." Holli also explains the damaging effects on children's healthy development of their emotional intelligence (EQ), which is paramount for their social development and in the management of their emotions.
Take a listen! Screen Kids III: Psychological, Emotional, and Social Effects!
As we move into Podcast IV, Holli continues discussing the psychological and emotional effects of screen time on our children. From Dr. Kathy Koch's book, "Screens and Teens," Holli outlines five maladaptive life-messages which teens are internalizing about themselves and their cyber environments and briefly discusses their harmful consequences:
1. I am the center of the universe.
2. I deserve to be happy all the time.
3. I must have choices.
4. I am my own authority.
5. Information is all I need so I don't need teachers.
Holli also discusses some of the psycho-social effects of "screen attachment" (i.e. parents overly-connected with their children) and how that hinders their healthy development. Holli concludes Podcast IV discussing neurological and cognitive damage to our children's brains. As Holli explains, "I'm not a scientist so I will keep this simple!" However, she describes how early dependence on gaming, texting, posting, tweeting, social networking, etc. prematurely tap into the "reward system" of our brain's neural network setting children up for a host of psychological, educational, and emotional problems. Holli quotes from the experts on addiction who detail how this early conditioning and desensitizing of children's reward pathways makes children more vulnerable to other addictive behaviors as they mature.
Take a listen! Screen Kids IV: Psychological, Psycho-Social, Neurological and Cognitive Effects!
In the concluding podcast of Screen Kids, Holli offers parents, guardians, and those entrusted with the healthy and well-being some practical strategies and effective tools for raising tech-healthy children! First, she discusses four types of parenting:
2. Permissive / Absent (Screen-attached from your children)
4. Anxious / Ambitious (Screen-attached to your children)
Then, audiences are challenged to take an honest inventory of who they are as parents and ask themselves "What is best for my family?" With all of the concerns and consequences regarding exposure to screens, Holli stresses to parents and guardians,
|Let's show our kids they are more important than our screens!|
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