Digital Parent

Digital Parent
By Sedgrid Lewis
About this podcast
Internet Safety Expert Sed Lewis from Digital Parent will reveal all of the tips and techniques to keep your child safe online while teaching digital citizenship. Sed will also reveal all passive incomes strategies to teach your child how to make money online from the comforts of their bedroom. Each episode will bring some of the most successful experts in the field to share their tips and interventions.
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Latest episodes
Dec. 7, 2017
Over 93% of 6-12 year olds in the United States have access to smartphones and tablets.  More than 66% of those 6-12 year olds have their own devices and according to the same Common Sense Media survey 3 out of 5 parents allow access to social media sites.  This data has led to Facebook on this past Monday to release Facebook Messenger Kids. Messenger Kids is a new chat app for 6 to 12 year olds that is currently only downloadable for iOS devices. Messenger kids offer video and text chat, cool filters, colorful GIFs, creative masks, and a collection of other shinny features. Facebook has waged war on Snapchat for the young generation of digital citizens that are key to their survival. On this episode of the Digital Parent Podcast, I break down the Top 3 Reasos to Love and Hate Facebook Messenger Kids.
Nov. 23, 2017
Black Friday is only hours away and most  Americans will be participating this year with a strong economy.  According to an  annual survey by the the National Retail Federation and Proper Insights & Analytics, an estimated 164 million people planned to shop during Thanksgiving weekend.  That number includes Cyber Monday, when almost half of online shoppers are estimated to participate in holiday spending. Unfortunately, Black Friday is Christmas for online scammers and hackers. There will be a variety of ways criminals will try to steal social security numbers and hack bank accounts. The Better Business Bureau put out a list of helpful tips. On this episode of the Digital Parent Podcast, I will discuss the top 5 Black Friday Scams and my top 3 solutions to those scams.
Nov. 17, 2017
Shame is defined as a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety. In the online world shaming has become a huge problem for adults and teens. According to a recent Pew Survey, 1 in 4 adults have experience online harassment. The White House and others have made it cool to shame and ridicule others online. For some parents online shaming has become a parenting tool to discipline  teens for bad behavior. Although we have covered the topic of cyberbullying on numerous occasions on the Digital Parent Podcast, we wanted to cover the complex topic of online shaming on this episode. In order to give this topic it's proper due, we invited my friend and online shaming expert Sue Scheff to discuss online shaming and her new book Shame Nation that is flying off the shelves at Barnes and Noble. Sue Scheff is a nationally recognized author, Parent Advocate, and Family Internet Safety Expert.  She has been featured on 20/20, The Rachel Ray Show, ABC News, Anderson Cooper, CBS Nightly News, Katie Courie, Dr. Phil, Canadian CBC Sunday News Magazine, CNN Headline News, Fox News, BBC Talk Radio, NPR, and others. On this episode of the Digital Parent Podcast Sue and I discuss the impact of online shaming, how the president creates a culture of shame, and strategies to prevent shaming. Here are some of the topics that Sue and I covered on the show. Click Here
Nov. 9, 2017
New research indicates that video game addiction is a real thing! On a recent episode of the Digital Parent Podcast, Dr. David Greenfield discussed video game addiction with teens and athletes.  On this episode we wanted to do a deep dive into video game addiction. Child Psychiatrist Dr. Clifford Sussman joins the show to discuss video game addiction and some of the consequences he sees in his practice. Dr. Sussman and I discussed options for treatment and how parents can afford to pay for treatment. Dr. Sussman is on the volunteer faculty at GWU medical school, where he serves as a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He has presented to parents, students, staff, and clients  on multiple topics including Digital Technology Addiction, parenting and mentoring adoptive and foster children, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, ADHD, and Autism. He has been on multiple expert panels discussing digital technology addiction with various schools around the region and is planning multiple presentations on this topic for the 2017 annual AACAP meeting in Washington, DC. He is currently developing an animated series of youtube videos to provide psychoeducation on digital technology addiction. Click HERE for the show notes.
Oct. 26, 2017
The Device Free Movement has finally influence corporations to take notice and provide solutions for families. The Comcast Xfinity team has stepped up to the plate to tackle this issue. A new Comcast research  study shows that parents across the nation desire to disconnect from devices during dinnertime to improve family bonding. The nationwide study of parents, conducted by Wakefield Research, also found: Dinnertime is bonding time – Nearly every (98 percent) parent surveyed agrees that disconnecting from devices during mealtime improves family bonding. Parents can set an example – More than half (52 percent) of parents have been told by their children to put their device away during meals. Device-free meals are rare – More than 2 in 5 parents (42 percent) can’t remember the last time their family had a device-free meal.  And Millennial parents have an especially hard time remembering the last time they broke bread without a device at the table (49 percent), compared to Gen Xers (37 percent) and Boomers (33 percent). Sneaking screen time - Parents admit to taking away their children’s devices an average of once per week and more than half (56 percent) have found their children trying to sneak their devices when they were banned from them.  Going to extremes to disconnect – nearly one-third (31 percent) of parents make their children leave their devices in a basket before bedtime, while 14 percent go so far as to disconnect their modems to block Wi-Fi usage. Click Here for Show Notes:  
Aug. 24, 2017
Back to School Cell Phones will be the new hot topic in a couple of weeks.  Kids having cell phones at school is the new normal. It is as integral as having a number 2 pencil. The new average age of  kids getting their first cell phone is 10. The number is trending smaller with the increase in latchkey kids in the U.S. Tech Expert Jay from Tech Parental stopped by the digital parent podcast to assist us with this topic. Here are some of the topics Jay and I discussed on this episode:   Click Here for the Show Notes
Aug. 11, 2017
Going back to school causes anxiety and stress for parents and students. The family as a whole has to transition from the laid back care free summer nights to the regimented  homework and bedtime routines. This transition prevent parents from asking themselves the most important back to school questions. What really worked for my child last year? How do I build upon the momentum that was gained last school year. Parenting Expert Annie Fox and I tackle this back to school anxiety on this episode of the Digital Parent Podcast. We lay a ground work on how to start the new school year on the right foot.  Here are some of the topics that Annie and I discussed on this podcast.   Click Here for the Show Notes.
Aug. 3, 2017
Maybe I am old school but when my kids informed me that their schools was moving to a 1:1 program I cringed just a little bit.  For most school districts, 1:1 is when laptops are purchased and loaned to every student in the school building. Lessons are provided to the student through their laptops. I have discussed on this podcast on numerous shows the dangers of  unchecked screen time. Now knowing that my kids will be spending another 8 hours on the computer is down right frighting. In order to soothe my fears and the fears of other parents, I invited 1:1 expert Heather Dowd to discuss the wonderful benefits of 1:1 programs. Heather is the author  of the book Classroom Management in the Digital Age. In the book, Heather discusses how teachers should structure their classrooms to embrace 1:1 and also huge benefits the students will receive from the program. Heather soothed some of my fears. Here are some of the topics that we discussed on this podcast. Click here for the Show Notes
July 20, 2017
Digital Citizenship has been a new topic of interest among schools across the U.S. The increase in cyberbullying and sexting incidents in school have caused school districts to figure out a way to teach appropriate ethics to students. Digital citizenship has become a way for schools to invite online safety speakers and law enforcement  to discuss good digital ethics. There is another movement called social leadership that is taking digital citizenship to the next level. The emphasis is more on how students can use social media to connect with experts and college professors outside of their classroom. How students can develop empathy towards one another and how to take on social justice issues. In order to explore this new trend, we invited author Jennifer Casa-Todd to discuss her new book SocialLEADia. SocialLEADia highlights examples of students and teachers that use technology and social media to move past the cyber safety and cyber ethics towards social leadership. The book highlights how students can use social media to address inequality and social justice issues. Jennifer and I discussed some of the following topics: Click Here for show notes
June 8, 2017
A lot of rising 6th graders will be entering middle school next year. Parents will be asking the question, "Should I purchase my child their first cell phone?" This will be the question that million of parents will be discussing for the up and coming school year. Unfortunately, young cell phone users are the new normal. A recent study show that most students receive their cell phone before the age of 7. In order to prepare parents for this big purchase, we invited back to the Digital Parent Podcast our good friend and expert Devorah Heitner to discuss her new Cell Phone Boot Camp for parents. The  4 Week Book Camp will take place online from July 9 –  August 5, 2017. The boot camp will cover the following topics: Assessing your family’s current digital situation Social skills and etiquette to help kids be successful with social media, and texting Planning and organizing your physical space at home to maximize positive outcomes Common digital citizenship challenges for new smartphone users Planning for boundaries around when your child will have access to the device Minimize power struggles with planning and routines Teach your child to make good decisions…even when you are not right there.   Click Here for the Show Notes.