Screensnkids

Screensnkids

Wondering if those 3 hours of unboxing toys videos is having an effect on your child's brain development? How do we balance virtual learning and regular fun screen use when it feels as though we are online for hours on end? Do my kids REALLY need to get outdoors daily? These are some of the questions that made a mom of 2 preschoolers (4 & 2) seek out answers for. Drawing from her work as a mental health nurse practitioner; Penny distills the scientific and medical data on screen use and makes it relatable to the parent just trying to make dinner and in need of someone to build a fort with the kids. Screens 'n' Kids will provide insight into why, now more than ever, we need to preserve the early childhood years. It will also share practical tools on how we can (and need to) put our phones down and look up more - recognizing that we must still find a "digital sweet spot" for our kids to interact with technology. We will engage with parents navigating these digital waters, leaders in the field of the early years - childhood educators, speech therapists, children's book authors & get to hear from recovered gaming addicts. Listen in every two weeks and lets unpack this thing together.

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October 1, 2021 45 min

Chukwu Emeka is a lawyer and university instructor who joins us from Lagos Nigeria. He is passionate about all things digital safety that pertain to children rights, protecting children online and shares the importance of why having a solid parent-child relationship goes a long way in empowering kids in navigating the digital sphere. He shared tips on what to look out for that make kids low lying fruit in the minds of online groome...

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Our guest on the podcast - Meghan Cox Gurdon  is an essayist, book critic, and former foreign correspondent who has been the Wall Street Journal’s children’s book reviewer since  2005. Her work has appeared widely, in publications such as the Washington Examiner, the Daily Telegraph and the Washington Post.

Meghan shows how reading out loud offers a refreshing, fast-working antidote to the fractured attention spans, atomized familie...

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Our guest today, Brooke Shannon is the founder and executive director of Wait Until 8th. A national organization that empowers parents to say yes to waiting for the smartphone. She was also gracious in sharing tips on what to do if as a parent you feel you could have waited a little longer to hand your kid a smartphone. Brooke is here to tell you its never too late.  I love their mission – Let kids be kids a little longer as is it ...

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September 8, 2021 28 min

Our guests today - yes guests - today we have two guests! Jenifer and Kay bring years of experience working in the field of education – meeting both the socio-emotional and academic needs of kids.
 
As new moms, they had so many questions about screen time and couldn't find clear answers! Like many parents with little ones, they found it hard to navigate the minute limits, all of the different shows, and the guilt that comes with...

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Our guest today, Marlene Power founded the Carp Ridge Forest Preschool ; Canada's first outdoor, nature-based Forest Preschool. She was also part of the creation of Forest School Canada, a national initiative to promote nature-based education through Forest School and Nature School professional learning, policy and research. Marnie was so graceful in sharing her journey to being at the heart of the forest school movement in Can...

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Our guest on the podcast today, co-founded The Family Dinner Project -  a non-profit based out of Boston, MA whose slogan is food, fun and conversations about things that matter. Dr. Anne Fishel is a clinical psychologist and director of the Family & couples therapy at Mass General Hospital. She describes family dinners as “a seatbelt in the potholed road of childhood & adolescence.” She is the co-author of Eat, Laugh Talk:...

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When I found Jerrica Sannes account on Instagram, I felt a certain liberation to not feel the urge to constantly be thinking of ways to entertain the kids every waking hour. Instead, I am learning to give them the agency to come up with creative ways to engage with boredom and independent play.  Unstructured time is really the gift that keeps on giving.

We had a deep dive of a conversation from education in the early years, finding ...

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Brenee Brown once said, “Everyone has a story that will break your heart, and if you pay really close attention, everyone has a story that will bring you to your knees.” My guest today shared with me her sons story with gaming addiction that left me speechless and yet his journey to recovery and her fight for him gave me so much hope.

Elaine Uskoski empowers parents with the information and strategies needed to deal with their chil...

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Nicole Rawson is a former middle & high school teacher, digital wellness expert and founder of Screen Time clinic - a network of professionals empowering families and businesses to reach their ideal level of functioning by clarifying digital wellness priorities through seminars, group courses, and personalized guidance.

She wears many hats from entrepreneurial to real estate brokerage and also collaborating projects in healthca...

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Ever wonder where that missing sock went? How about that last piece of a puzzle set? Are these items just lost? Maybe, or perhaps the Invisibles had something to do with it. The Invisibles are adorable, imaginative creatures that like to hide and cause a little trouble now and then. Children are the only ones to help keep them out of mischief. But children have been too busy on their screens lately.

The Invisibles are bored, and cha...

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June 23, 2021 37 min

If you are like myself with little ones navigating these digital waters, it is most likely you have come across surprise eggs and unboxing toys videos.  I see the views on these videos and wonder what has captivated my kids and 5million other little eyeballs on these? What is so alluring about watching another little person take out a toy from a box to show you how to play with it? Or watching hands fly Sky from paw patrol across a...

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Our guest today, says she was that mum hauling around the heavy diaper bag when her kids were younger filled with books and all sorts of other activities to keep them preoccupied; from restaurants to doctors appointments. Kailan Carr is a mom of 2 kids who is passionate about screen-free activities, learning through play, and creating hands on kid-friendly projects through her organization – The Quiet Book Queen. Before she had chi...

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The gaming industry is said to be worth the movie and music industry combined. While not all gaming is created equal, not all kids are created equal. My guest today battled gaming addiction, came out on the other side and went back in the battlefield to rescue other young people struggling to regain their lives again.  Cam Adair is the founder of Game Quitters - the world’s largest support community for video game addiction, servin...

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My guest Today Jenny Hoey -  was more than kind in sharing her daughters’ story after an encounter online that led her to start the group Not My Kid - a group focused on keeping kids safe online, with an emphasis on delaying exposure to screens.

She had such wisdom into how as parents we can be that soft landing spot and hold space for our kids to allow us into places that are so tender for them. We went deep from shame to normalizi...

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My guest on todays podcast wrote a book that changed my outlook on how I interact with the outdoors. Like literally after I read her book I stopped whining and complaining each time we had to get those snow suits on the kids to get outside in the dead of Canadian winter months. If you have little ones, teenagers, anyone -  grab a copy of Linda McGurks book - There is no such thing as bad weather.

Her writing has been featured in Ti...

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Michael Jacobus has been a leader in the Summer Camp landscape for over 30 years. 3 years ago however, he started  the 1st summer camp program in the world to treat unhealthy screen time overuse and gaming addiction.

reSET Summer camp is a 4-week immersive program out of Santa Barbara, California where youth are hosted on university campuses to experience what life might be like after leaving home to attend college or just getting ...

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May 2, 2021 54 min

Kids are hardwired for a sense of novelty and new experiences. Travel meets this need and also their sense of wonder and imagination as they try new experiences, taste different food and meet new people. After having kids, (especially when they are young) travel becomes a lofty idea in the rearview mirror due to all the moving parts involved - but my guest has a different take.

 Jennifer Allen is a mum of three who is the founder be...

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April 29, 2021 31 min

Our first guest this season, is a dad of three who has been swimming with sharks and diving in bat caves as part of his research work, but what he says scares him the most is what kids are missing out on in their childhood by being constantly on devices.
Dan Riskin is an evolutionary biologist who produced an epic documentary at the height of the pandemic called, "Babies scroll before they can crawl." He was so kind in exte...

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