April 23, 2015
Young Brains and Screens: What is the balance? Melanie Hempe, RN, will discuss the neurological development of the young brain, how screen habits form and conflicts develop in the home and tips for healthy balanced screen use. The Culture Clash: Social and emotional intelligence in the digital world Steven Hicks (AP Language teacher, IT Specialist) will provide a teacher’s perspective on what is missing in today’s tech world, the importance of genuine connection with teens and families, and tips on how to develop social and emotional intelligence in our children. "Look Up" video: youtube.com/watch?v=Z7dLU6fk9QY was edited out of this segment since there was a glitch during the presentation. Growing Up Too Fast: The effect of the virtual world on the hearts of our kids Dawn Poulterer, CDS High School counselor, will discuss the moral dilemma families face in today’s digital world, the impact of the casual treatment of sexualized media on teens and tips for parents on how to best influence your children.
March 5, 2015
How to set up your child with healthy entertainment habits and hobbies! Our guess speaker, Cris Rowan, via Skype discusses the importance of the mom and dad leading our children and helping them develop healthy habits in the home.
Feb. 27, 2015
Teens, Tweens and Texting, Oh my! Learn what you don't know and what your kids do know about social media!
Feb. 27, 2015
The Video Game Habit: What every parent should know. How games change the brain. Why the game habit is so strong in kids. Game content. How gaming hurts the learning process. How to know if your child is overusing. Plus tips and solutions.
Jan. 28, 2015
Melanie Hempe and Dawn Poulterer lead a discussion on their research as it relates to kids and smartphones.
Dec. 2, 2014
Is your child's Christmas loaded with games and screens? Do you need some good old fashioned family Christmas gift ideas? Learn how your child benefits from the power of non-tech play; how it shapes the brain and opens the imagination. Twelve practical tips to balancing technology and childhood with non-tech gift ideas for all ages! Please visit MomsManagingMedia.com for more information!
Nov. 12, 2014
Screens and education: Language development, reading, handwriting, Screens are not all bad but you are making a trade for other things when your child is on a screen. Your child must develop other hobbies. Allison Nelson's story. Rebekah Leonard: 1. Too much screen time can cause processing disorders and visual processing issue, Lack of core muscle strength handwriting start in core 2. Self-regulation issues seen in class room: hard time controlling themselves. Children don’t know what to do with their free time. Don’t know how to use imagination 3. Anxiety issues in children. Too much unregulated time on screens can cause anxiety. Provide balance.
Nov. 12, 2014
Melanie discusses how a child’s brain development progresses through experiences and connections, how neuronal pathways are developed and how a mom can help enrich child brain development. Early childhood experiences set the stage for many neuronal connections. 1. Repetition is needed for pathways to get developed. Unused pathways are like dirt roads and as a child learns a skill the pathway becomes paved. A child with rich sensory activities will have more neuronal pathways developed than a child who has fewer experiences. 2. Pruning occurs over time when brain connections that aren’t being used shut down. This makes the brain more efficient. 3. Brain takes 25 years to mature. Your child is not a little adult; their decision making area (Frontal Cortex) is not fully functioning till adulthood hence the need for parental direction especially in the area of screens. Brains and Screens: What is the problem? 1. All screens reduce human interaction. 2. Brain chemicals are released while child is on screen (dopamine released). The brain pathways are changed. 3. Screens replace other activities. Screens are Isolating, Educational games. 20 minutes at a time for screen/gaming time after that frontal cortex shuts down. Credit to Teen Video by Drug Free America.

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