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May We Always Remember to #Savethekids with Collin Kartchner

Today, I’m republishing an episode with my dear friend, youth advocate, internet crusader and incredible human, Collin Kartchner, which was originally recorded in April of 2018. I’m putting this back out in the world with a little bit of commentary and whole lot of love.

Collin’s message and mission touched hundreds of thousands around the world as he taught parents to connect with their kids in this digital age, fought against the dangers of social media and spread the joy of 8 second hugs. I will never know the reason he was taken so soon, but I will continue to be inspired by his passion and support his mission in every way I can.

He wanted parents to wake up to the dangers that surround our kids and families. No one will ever fill his red Nike shoes, but I have listed below some accounts and organizations who are also spreading messages of hope and healing. I’ve also linked to Collin’s 2018 Tedx talk and his podcast. Please get educated and inspired and let your voice be heard. This is a fight worth fighting! #savethekids #savetheparents #forcollin.

Collin’s Tedx Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/collin_kartchner_can_flip_phones_end_our_social_media_addiction

Collin’s Instagram Account: https://instagram.com/collinkartchner

Collin’s Podcast: https://www.collinkartchner.com/podcast

Other helpful resources:

Instagram Accounts to Follow: https://instagram.com/dearlizzy, https://instagram.com/betterscreentime, https://instagram.com/healthyscreenhabits, https://instagram.com/dogood.bekind, https://instagram.com/protectyoungminds, https://instagram.com/protectyoungeyes, https://instagram.com/familytechuniversity, https://instagram.com/fightthenewdrug and https://instagram.com/gabbwireless.

If you would like more information about additional accounts and organizations, contact the Safeguard Alliance and follow hashtags #savethekids and #savetheparents.

How to Teach Your Kids about Pornography with Kristen Jenson

As a part of the Sexual Health Series, today we are chatting with the amazing Kristen Jenson, author of the best-selling Good Pictures Bad Pictures series. She shares with us; how important it is to talk with our children about pornography. 

Kristen loves helping and empowering parents. She encourages them and equips them with what to do WHEN (not if) their child sees pornography. These books give children a simple and age appropriate definition of what a bad picture is, and what to do when they see it.

At what age, is it appropriate to talk to your child about pornography?? Well… “At what age does your child have access to the internet”? WOAH! A big eye opener. 

Even with the best technology and ALL of the filters we put in place. There will come a time, when your child is staring at a screen full of adult content. Will they know what to do when they see it? Will they come home and tell you about it?

Kristen teaches us the importance of having these difficult conversations early on. It actually strengthens the parent-child bond when you face these challenges together and even more, helps our children have healthy sex lives when they are married.

Some of the resources mentioned in the episode are: Healthy Sex Vs. Porn Sex and Protect Young Minds Resources

If you have additional questions about your child and pornography visit ProtectYoungMinds.org or you can grab yourself a copy of these books over on Amazon! You can also find resources on Facebook, Instagram @protectyoungminds, or Twitter @ProtectYM

Be sure to subscribe to this podcast, so you don’t miss an episode and starting in July, every Friday, we’ll be talking to couples as part of our Conversations with Interracial Couples Series.

If you loved this episode, please share it with your loved ones, because sharing is caring and be sure to check us out on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/monitanner1 for a chance to win autographed copies of Good Pictures, Bad Pictures.

Family Tech University with David and Emily Jones

My guests on the podcast today are providing an incredible resource for parents and children to help navigate the world of technology. Every child wants a phone or a tablet as soon as possible and they all feel like they are the only ones they know without it. How can we as parents, confidently hand them such a powerful tool without the proper training? We wouldn’t give them the car keys without having them go through driver’s ed, would we? That is exactly why David and Emily Jones created Family Tech University, the driver’s training for technology.

They believe that the BEST thing we can do for our children before handing them devices, is to help them form a strong internal filter. The workshop they created helps to foster communication and discussion between parents and their children while training them to be successful with technology. They offer hope and resources for all of us to take heart and feel confident in this crazy technology-filled world that we live in.

David and Emily have offered an incredible resource for families and if you want to try their workshop between now and November 9th, use the code: BRIGHTER10 to get $10 off a seat in the workshop.

Also, if you would like to administer the “Look in the Mirror Kid’s Survey” that we discussed in the episode to your children, you can find it at this link: https://familytechuniversity.com/request-free-survey/.

You can find all of their tools and resources at www.familytechuniversity.com and follow along on Instagram or Facebook @familytechuniversity.