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 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.
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.
I’m so grateful for my guest on the podcast today and all of the amazing work she is doing to help parents teach their kids better screen time habits. In our interview, we talk about important discussions to have with your kids about screens, but we also talk about the toll too much time on devises can have on your marriage. She defines the term technoferance and how we can avoid common pitfalls and technology disasters in our homes.
Better Screen Time is the name of Andrea’s business and you can find more information online at: www.betterscreentime.com. I highly recommend you check out their website, the free resources available there and get on the mailing list so you can be the first to find out when they release their course again. You can also follow along on Instagram or Facebook @betterscreentime.
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Today, I’m interviewing a 2-time Emmy winning talk show host and all around great guy named Mario Armstrong. Mario has been a regular on show like the Today Show, Dr. Oz, CNN, NPR, Steve Harvey and Rachael Ray as a technology life style expert. He currently hosts his own Emmy Award winning show called the Never Settle Show and also a short daily podcast called Wake Up and Level Up.
Mario is a super busy guy, but he made time to chat with me about his success, his family, his failures and his inspiration. There are so many great value nuggets in our interview that I cannot wait for you to hear. You will want to take notes. Mario is an all around great guy and that shines through in our time together. I just know you are going to love him like I do.
You can follow Mario on Instagram @marioarmstong or find him online at www.marioarmstrong.com. Make sure you tune and listen to his daily inspiration on the Wake Up and Level Up podcast on any podcast listening app. I’m pretty sure you will thank me for that advice.
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Today’s guest is an information security consultant comp TS security plus certified, which basically means she’s really good at tech and she’s passionate about keeping our kids safe online. She is a wife and mom of 3 kiddos under the age of 4, so she’s extremely smart and extremely busy!
I was actually going to do something different today, but right after we recorded the interview, I knew that I couldn’t keep her from you one day longer. She shares with us how she feels about tech/phone contracts and what she suggests that is wayyyy better, 4 tips to keep our kids safe online and what parental control and monitoring programs she recommends. Her favorite is called: mSpy and here is the link to get it: http://track.mspy.click/SHAmF. You can tell by the way she talks that she knows what she’s talking about and wants to share her knowledge with us. And I am so grateful!
She has an unsearchable Youtube video here: https://youtu.be/wSgG5tXpQD8 with so many more tips and tricks for you that you don’t want your kids to know that you know…if you know what I mean. You can also find her on Instagram and Facebook @themomlifecoach.
I cannot say enough good things about this interview. If you have kids or grandkids, you need to listen to this episode. I mean it!
Also, I want to remind you about my screen-free summer guide that can be downloaded here: http://eepurl.com/dkCLtL.