Parenting Digital Natives – CANCELLED
Join us for this one-day event that condenses Brave Parenting’s three main presentations into one intensive workshop. This is the first generation of children growing up with tablets as toddlers, smartphones in adolescence and social media as teens. Parents now have the difficult yet valuable role to play in how this technology shapes the character of their children. Parents, Grandparents, and Caretakers of all aged children will enhance their knowledge of their own role as media-use-influencers as well as the importance of boundaries and limits to build character and prevent addiction. Learn essential and practical methods for limiting and monitoring media consumption in the home.
Join us for just one or all of these workshops by registering below. Make sure to register your middle or high school student for the Student Only workshop on Sunday, March 22. Limited Childcare is available on March 21.
Young Eyes, Big Screens:
It seems almost second nature now: a whining toddler is out of control and a parent distracts him/her with their iPhone. The whininess dissipates and parents are relieved – but new neural pathways are formed in the child’s brain. This scenario replays countless times in American families despite expert’s recommendations to withhold screens under 3 years old. In fact, Americans have rebelled so severely that 90% of infants have become proficient on a smart device by 12 months old. This presentation will focus on raising awareness of the physical, mental, and emotional effects of technology and screens on children 5 and younger.
The average age for a child to receive their first smartphone is 10 years-old. However, 90% of children have used a smart device by the age of 1 year. In this information-packed message, parents will learn the difference between the FREEDOM smartphones allow and the BONDAGE they more often create. Laced with real, and sometimes humorous anecdotes, Kelly will detail the real ways kids are using their smartphones today and the loss of character, innocence, and intelligence occurring as a result. Parents will leave empowered with clear and actionable steps to protect their children including internet filters, texting limits, and time restrictions. The days of saying, ” I should probably check their phone but I just don’t know how!” will be in the past.
Social Media: Dangers & Solutions:
Social Media has changed the lives of young and old alike. Our pre-teens and teens have begun ” living” their lives inside social media apps. From fake profiles and news on Facebook, filtered selfies in competition for the most likes on Instagram, to the untraceable “snaps” and streak addictions on Snap Chat, teens have yielded to a new way of life. But at what cost to their relationships, purity, character and even their future with so much posted publicly? This workshop is guaranteed to enhance what you think you know and understand about social media. Kelly will teach about the different types of social media platforms, the benefits and risks each poses, how best to limit and monitor use, and best practices to maintain moral character, integrity, and emotional wellbeing when used.
STUDENTS ONLY: The Screen Life: (Sunday, March 22 @ 9:30am)
Kids feel like parents are outdated and unreasonable and often tune out their parents’ guidance and wisdom. This presentation to students is designed to give students the understanding, desire, and tools to BALANCE their screen life. It’s not about giving up all screens but rather prioritizing relationships and allowing accountability in their screen-filled life. Students will learn how AI (Artificial Intelligence) influences their behavior and how companies make money off their attention
(Available for ages 12 months to 11 years old.)
(For students in 6th grade -12th grade.)