ScreenStrong Families

By Melanie Hempe

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With recommendations based on scientific research and personal experience, Melanie Hempe, RN by trade and mom of four, helps families remove toxic screens—video games, social media & pornography—from their kids’ lives. Through interviews with experts, medical professionals, and other ScreenStrong Families, this podcast will help you prevent screen addiction and rescue your kids from their virtual world. Join our ScreenStrong Families Group and visit ScreenStrong.com to learn more. It’s not too late to win back your kids and ScreenStrong is here to help.

Episode Date
How to Raise ScreenStrong Kids the Easy Way with Arlene Pellicane
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Today, Melanie speaks with Arlene Pellicane, co-author of Screen Kids: 5 Relational Skills Every Child Needs in a Tech-Driven World with Gary Chapman.

Arlene and Melanie talk about raising kids without addictive screens, how to encourage your children to stand out from the crowd, and tips for parenting ScreenStrong kids. Arlene also talks about the film she made with her children where they reflect on their childhoods and the benefits of growing up ScreenStrong.

Get ready for an emotional discussion of what it means to be a parent and how to give your kids & teens the childhood they deserve.

You can find Screen Kids: In Their Own Words, The Film on Arlene's website.

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Dec 02, 2021
Building First Impressions and People Skills with Kirt Manecke
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Mandee Hamann welcomes Kirt Manecke, a marketing, fundraising, and business development specialist and author of Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today’s Wired World.

Kirt shares the change in teens' development of social skills that inspired him to write his book in order to help teens and young adults build skills and become successful. He perfectly highlights basic tips for teens such as how to interview and get a job, develop customer service skills, volunteer successfully to aid in the development of leadership skills, and build self-esteem and confidence that teens and young adults are not able to learn from a screen. 

This episode will motivate parents to talk and encourage their teens to get a summer job or to start volunteering in a community organization and build those life skills! 

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Nov 24, 2021
A Place to Belong with Melanie Hempe
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Today, Mandee Hamann welcomes our own founder, Melanie Hempe, to talk about ScreenStrong’s new initiatives launching next month. She introduces ScreenStrong’s new Member Portal which will ultimately strengthen our community and help families create positive change.

Melanie shares her passionate vision and hard work over the last eight years that's accumulated into offering the exclusive content to our members. It’s been her goal to create a safe place to grow ScreenStrong and establish a culture of belonging. She describes the newly revised Kids’ Brains & Screens Online Course, our new 30-Day Challenge, and bonus content of e-books, worksheets, Q&A interviews, and webinars. 

The Member Portal content is endorsed and supported by experts in the field of child & adolescent psychiatry and psychology, as well as by other professionals in related fields. 

Join the waitlist today to be entered into our Black Friday Giveaway or visit ScreenStrong.com to learn more about becoming a ScreenStrong Member.

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Nov 17, 2021
“When You Know Better, You Do Better” with Brandie Hadfield
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Today Melanie is joined by Brandie Hadfield, a Certified Attachment Parenting Educator and Certified Family Health Coach. She is a mother to two boys and a new ScreenStrong Ambassador who shares her story of how she changed her family’s lifestyle and began parenting without screens.

Brandie and her family are six months into their ScreenStrong journey with a very clear “before” and “after.” She shares how self-judgement colored her ability to create effective limits with her kids, which is a common struggle for parents wanting to do the “right thing” for their children. Brandie introduced the concept of a 30-day screen break to her family, using a team approach to making changes in her family’s habits. She shares how this screen break led her to the ScreenStrong community, giving her the opportunity to be more informed and educated in how screen exposure was affecting her children’s development. 

Brandie is passionate and joyful about sharing her family’s achievements by choosing real life over a virtual, disconnected world. This episode is encouraging, uplifting, and inspiring. You will want to share this one with a friend.

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Nov 10, 2021
The Hero’s Journey and Immersive Gaming with Dr. Huu Kim Le
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Today, Melanie talks with Dr. Kim Le, a child and adolescent psychiatrist based in Adelaide, Australia. He completed his psychiatry training in New South Wales and in 2015, Dr. Le received a federal grant to collaborate with an Internet Gaming Addiction Clinic for teenagers in Singapore. He has a special interest in “Gaming Disorder," which was recognized by the World Health Organization in 2018 as a mental health disorder. 

Dr. Le shares his professional journey that led to his interest and passion in treating families struggling with gaming addiction, and he is committed to increasing community awareness of the negative effects of online games on a child’s development. 

Melanie and Dr. Le discuss how the game designers capitalize on the business aspect of video games that leads to the scientific development of the immersive design that hooks the player. Dr. Le introduces the idea of "The Hero's Journey" archetype that appears to meet the psychological needs of children that disconnects them from reality. They discuss why moderation is not encouraged, but rather to change the focus on family values in changing your family's routines. Identification and prevention of screen addiction is also discussed as Dr. Le shares stories of families he has worked with struggling to address issues of gaming addiction with their children. This is a must-listen episode for all parents, and we encourage you to share this with friends as this would be the perfect episode to start a podcast discussion group and grow your own ScreenStrong community.

Dr. Kim Le's TedTalk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ7A74Vx7YE&t=55s&ab_channel=TEDxTalks 

Learn more about Dr. Le's practice here: https://cgiclinic.com/about-the-doctor/

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Nov 03, 2021
Wired Child, Part 2: Solutions with Dr. Richard Freed
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Join Melanie in Part 2 of her conversation with Dr. Richard Freed, author of our book of the month, Wired Child. Dr. Freed is a practicing Clinical Psychologist and supervisor studying the effects of technology on children and speaking on parenting in the age of digital technology. He is also on the advisory board of ScreenStrong and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood's Children's Screen Time Action Network, and a contributor to the Huffington Post. 

In this episode, Dr. Freed introduces solutions and what to watch out for in your elementary through high school age children. Dr. Freed describes the two characteristics of authoritative parenting, which science backs as the best way to parent your children. Melanie and Dr. Freed discuss how technology displaces the family bonds, and thus, the primary solution is to bring your child back to the family and away from toxic technology use. He discusses how dependency on screens can look for children in elementary, middle, and high school, and what problems or issues that arise and are red flags to parents. This episode touches on gender differences in technology use, extrinsic versus intrinsic motivators, and suggestions on how to replace screens with a focus on family and community.

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Oct 27, 2021
Screen Use and Kids' Eye Health with Dr. Janet Wilson, OD, FCOVD, Optometrist
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Today Melanie talks with Pediatric Optometrist, Dr. Janet Wilson, who has  practiced as a developmental functional vision specialist over the past 13 years. Janet is also mother to a 3-year old son and is actively parenting a low-tech lifestyle with him. 

Janet discusses how visual development is linked to other childhood developmental milestones that actually assist children in gaining 17 visual skills as they grow. She goes on to explain what is at risk when we interrupt child development with exposure to hand-held screens and how we may be unknowingly affecting our children’s lifelong skill development. 

Janet also identifies three problem areas she sees in her field of practice that are related to the overuse of screens: vision and learning, the increase in diagnosis of myopia or nearsightedness, and the increase in dry-eye disease in teenagers.  

This episode is wonderfully educational as well as encouraging parents to protect eye health by less exposure to screens and more interactive play in nature and in our daily lives as we are raising our children. 

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Oct 20, 2021
We Are Wired Human with Jason and Lisa Frost
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In today's episode, Mandee is joined by Jason and Lisa Frost, founders of the nonprofit organization, Wired Human, and authors of the book, The Glass Between Us: Empowering Youth to Combat Digital Exploitation - A Value-Based Approach to Screen-Driven Challenges. They have worked with teens, individually and together, for almost a decade through speaking engagements, nature-focused camps, and teaching in community-based settings. Jason and Lisa share their passion and enthusiasm in encouraging the next generation, our teens, to be digital pioneers in tackling the challenges toxic screen use presents to their enjoyment in living a full life. The values of authenticity, leadership, and the power of presence in cultivating deep, fulfilling relationships are the focus to help teens create the future they desire. 

Their primary message is one of hope and that "you are enough" in this digital age. They encourage teens to socially connect with each other in real life to discover the truth of the inherent value of themselves, and ultimately their generation, that cannot be found through a screen. 

In listening to this episode, you will find yourself inspired by their message and ready to help your teen, as well as your family, start the journey of self-discovery through building real-life relationships.

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Oct 13, 2021
The Wired Child with Dr. Richard Freed
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Dr. Richard Freed, author of our book of the month, Wired Child, is a practicing Clinical Psychologist and supervisor studying the effects of children’s technology and speaking on parenting in the age of digital technology. He is also on the advisory boards of Families Managing Media and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood’s Children’s Screen Time Action Network as well as a contributor to the Huffington Post.

In part 1 of 2 interviews, Melanie and Richard share a passionate conversation about the lies and myths being promoted by the tech industry and how it has manipulated the way we have parented over the last 15+ years. They discuss how under the guise of “empowerment” and “getting ahead,” the tech industry sold us myths that we grabbed hold of and continue to cling to as technology exploded with popularity in our culture.  In actuality, the effects of toxic screen use and media exposure is constantly undermining the two most important factors in our children’s well-being: family connections and school engagement. 

This episode is one that you will want to listen to at least twice and inspire you to join us in reading Dr. Fred’s book, Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age

Stay tuned for Part 2 when Melanie and Richard talk about solutions. 

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Oct 06, 2021
Why Media Violence Is More Harmful Than You Think with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
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Today's discussion is the second part of our book of the month, Assassination Generation: Video Games, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing, written by Lt. Col. David Grossman. 

Melanie and Lt. Col. Grossman discuss what he views as the “single greatest threat to our civilization”—our children’s exposure to violent visual imagery perpetuated by the Media industry at large. Lt. Col Grossman points out the Media’s double message in their acknowledgment of their influence on society while rejecting any responsibility in the content of what they are streaming to our society. 

This interview is packed with information on the key factors that have influenced the dramatic rise in teen suicide to how violent media content is processed by our kids’ brains. Melanie also dives into the process of the ScreenStrong Challenge and identifies it as a starting point for families to begin detoxing from toxic screen use. Lastly, Lt. Col. Grossman offers essential encouragement to families who are struggling to find hope in bringing back childhood to their children.

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Sep 29, 2021
Dads, Kids & Video Games Webinar
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Are video games hurting your relationship with your kids? Have you lost your kids to their screens? Are you desperate to get them back? Imagine never having screen conflict in your home again!

As a dad, have you ever asked:

  • Is playing video games with my kids a good bonding activity?
  • Am I connecting with my kids as much as a think I am?
  • Aren't screens the primary way parents spend time with their kids?

Join ScreenStrong and James & Arlene Pellicane in an exclusive webinar for dads. Listen to James describe how he has solved the screen dilemma in his home by establishing healthier bonding activities with his kids. 

Audience Q&A included.

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Sep 29, 2021
Open, Honest Conversations About Pornography with Marilyn Evans
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Today Melanie speaks with Marilyn Evans, a mom of 5 boys and the director of Parents Aware, a resource she launched in 2016 with the goal of educating and helping parents begin to have open, honest and compassionate conversations with their children about relationships, sex and pornography.  

Melanie and Marilyn discuss common blind spots parents have regarding pornography. They talk about how to build safer habits through having open and honest conversations with your children. Marilyn offers tips for both younger and older children that include taking advantage of  daily moments, a focus on values, and using available resources to help guide the conversation. 

Please join us in listening in to this simple, yet profound interview as Melanie and Marilyn encourage parents to be bold and brave in talking with their children about topics many of us find difficult to navigate.

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Sep 22, 2021
Building Family Culture with Steve and Candice Watters
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Today, Melanie talks with Steve and Candice Watters, a married couple dedicated and passionate about helping and supporting young families. They have four children—13 to 22—whom they have raised ScreenStrong.

Steve and Candice share their “light bulb moments” that led to their realization and diligence in becoming intentional parents. They identified a focus and practice of building relationships with their children, building alternatives to what was being offered culturally, and being intentional about the culture of their home. They offer tips and guidance on how to introduce new habits and limits to create ways of reshaping your kids’ “appetites” for non-screen activities. Steve and Candice provide encouragement and remind us that “you are your child’s favorite toy,” and caution us on the small window of time we all truly have in building healthy families. 

This is an episode to inspire you to reassess your family’s culture, reassess your spousal and parental bonds, and begin to cultivate alternative family choices and habits.

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Sep 15, 2021
Detrimental Effects of Media Violence on Children with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
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This week we'll be hearing from Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, a US Army Ranger, paratrooper, former West Point Psychology Professor, and author of Assassination Generation: Video Games, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing. Lt. Col. Grossman describes how playing "innocent" video games progress to addiction, why video games make kids aggressive, the dangers of operant and classical conditioning, and the mental, physical, and emotional turmoil children are experiencing due to a saturation of media violence. 

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Sep 08, 2021
Single Parenting the ScreenStrong Way with Candace Collins
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This week, Melanie talks with Candace Collins, a single parent of a 6-year old daughter living a Screen Strong lifestyle. Candace works in Social Media and Digital Marketing and is well aware of the pull that hand held devices have on our daily lives. 

Candace shares her parenting journey of how she began to notice the toxic effects of screen use and how she made the choice to live counter culturally to provide her daughter a nurturing and connected environment. She offers tips and simple suggestions on how to cultivate connection, creativity, and reduce the use of toxic screens in parenting your young child. 

This is an episode you have been waiting for and one that you will want to listen to more than once.

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Sep 01, 2021
How Screens Are Changing the Social & Academic Culture for Students with Joe Clement
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Today, Melanie is joined by Joe Clement, a teacher, parent of three, and co-author of Screen Schooled with Matt Miles. Joe is in his 28th year of teaching and brings a unique perspective as he has witnessed the change technology has brought into both the classroom and the home environment. 

Melanie and Joe discuss the mental health risk factors that are influenced by the toxic use of screens that result in loss of empathy, loss of awareness of facial/social cues, increased stress, and lack of development of essential interpersonal skills for our children. Joe shares how the social and academic culture within the school environment has been negatively influenced by the toxic use of screens resulting in increased distractibility, increased impulsivity to cheat, and decreased educational discussion in the classroom. Lastly, Joe provides encouragement and tips to parents and educators to improve the balance in their use of technology in the home and the classroom.

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Aug 20, 2021
Social Media: A Teen’s Perspective with Noah Reid
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Today, guest host, Mandee Hamann interviews Noah Reid, a 17 year old High School student and Competitive Debater and Public Speaker. 

Noah shares the back story on how he, at the age of 15, wrote a persuasive speech about Age Restricting Social Media. He credits his parents’ continued open communication about Social Media and how their wisdom influenced the development of his speech and his perspectives. 

Noah encourages parents to talk openly with their teens and for teenagers to question their use of Social Media by asking simply, “How is this benefiting you?” and “What is the purpose [behind your use]?” 

This is an amazingly insightful interview that is sure to inspire a conversation between you and your teen. 

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Aug 12, 2021
Kids Are Our Greatest Resource with Tom Hayes
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Today, guest host, Mandee Hamann, introduces Tom Hayes, who is a nationally recognized comedian, speaker, entrepreneur, writer, and creator of an animation titled Beantown Pals. 

Tom shares his personal story of being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer at 13-years-old—learning that adversity leads to character development. Mandee and Tom discuss how the evolution of screens in our culture has changed how we parent, and Tom cautions parents that by taking away their child’s pain, it may be at the cost of their child’s character development. He urges families to consider that devices not only rob your child’s brain development, but also robs their emotional connections to the world. He encourages parents to make hard choices and ask themselves what they truly value as well as consider the legacy they are passing onto their family. Tom and Mandee’s conversation is engaging, thought provoking and straightforward—a quick listen that you’ll be glad you tuned in for. 

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Aug 11, 2021
Why Screens Are Failing Students and Frustrating Teachers with Matt Miles
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Melanie is joined by Matt Miles, a teacher and co-author of Screen Schooled: Two Veteran Teachers Expose How Technology Overuse Is Making Our Kids Dumber. Matt is a passionate educator and advocate for his students. In this interview, he gives a teacher's perspective on virtual learning during the Covid pandemic and the negative outcomes that educators, parents, and students are facing. With his uniquely bold convictions, Matt Miles talks about the counterproductive nature of "ed tech," the social anxiety that screens perpetuate in students, and tips for parents to communicate with educators regarding screen use in the classroom. 

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Aug 04, 2021
Teens & Screens with Emma Lembke
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Our guest today is Emma Lembke, a teenager from Birmingham, Alabama, who is the CEO and Co-Founder of the LOG OFF Movement. The mission of LOG OFF is to seek further dialogue about the multifaceted nature of social media and promote the healthy usage of it. LOG-OFF is passionate about lowering social media’s impact on mental health while teaching teen users and their parents about how to navigate the vast inner-workings of life on social media.

Emma shares her experience with social media addiction and the moment she asked herself, “Why does this device have so much control over me?” Emma speaks of her passion to spread digital consciousness to empower teens to become digital advocates for themselves and others. She shares how societal expectations and the myth of hyper-connectivity impact the use of digital media in our young children and teenagers and affect their mental health. Emma describes the LOG OFF Movement’s Digital Challenge for teens that provides a structured plan for implementing social media and screen use reduction with the goal of encouraging teens to explore the world around them and gain insight into their own motivations. 

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Jul 28, 2021
Being Intentional with Doug Smith
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In today's episode, Mandee Hamann speaks with Doug Smith who is a Screenstrong Ambassador, father of four adult daughters, software developer, and a life-long Bible student. Doug is the author of [Un]Intentional, How Screens Secretly Shape Your Desires And How You Can Break Free. His book provides five practices to purposeful and intentional living with screen use. Doug encourages families to cast a vision of what their life could be without screen dependencies and to create a family mission to help guide their actions and choices intentionally. Mandee and Doug encourage families to be counter-cultural against screen dependency and recognize the negative impact of technology on our children's development. This episode offers profound solutions that would benefit any family.

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Jul 14, 2021
Middle School Disrespect with Ronna Glickman
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In today's episode, Melanie has a candid conversation with Ronna Glickman, a retired middle school teacher passionate about educating students, parents, and educational administrators about internet safety and the dangers of social media's influence on children. Due to the pandemic, she is now active in tutoring children who are having difficulty managing the current online education platforms.

Melanie and Ronna talk about the culture of disrespect that is prevalent with children in our society today. They discuss the lack of parental authority which contributes to the disrespect children are actively displaying toward authority figures. Melanie and Ronna discuss how children's personalities are changing in relation to their poorly limited screen use. They discuss  parental enabling and social conformity as the traps many parents are falling into. 

Ronna provides many personal examples from her supportive interaction with families and children having difficulty with emotional dysregulation due to overexposure of screens. This is another fast-paced episode filled with tips, advice, and ideas to become ScreenStrong!

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Jul 07, 2021
Four Critical Factors Needed for Building Strong Kids with Cris Rowen
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Melanie welcomes Cris Rowan, who is a registered pediatric occupational therapist, certified sensory specialist (SIPT), biologist, author of "Virtual Child", and prolific speaker on the impact of technology on child development and learning. 

Melanie and Cris start their conversation discussing the 4 Critical Factors needed for the developing child which include movement, touch, human connection, and nature. Cris emphasizes a focus on increased engagement of these factors to create the foundation your child needs for healthy development of their brain and body. 

Melanie and Cris also unpack her 2017 article Cris wrote for HuffPost, 10 Reasons Why Hand-Held Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 and how those reasons cited relate to these 4 Critical Factors. 

This episode is so full of science-based information that supports the reduction of screens and promotes the focus on a daily practice of movement, touch, human connection and nature. 

You won’t want to skip this one!

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Jul 06, 2021
It All Started With An iPad (Sarah's Story)
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In today's episode, Mandee Hamann welcomes Sarah, one of our ScreenStrong Ambassadors, as she shares her family’s story of becoming ScreenStrong. She shares that it all started with an iPad and describes how quickly her family’s dynamic changed over the course of a few months. Sarah shares how she and her husband guided their family through the ScreenStrong Challenge, what happened after the Challenge was over, and how she reclaimed her family’s positive dynamic. This story will inspire you on your own journey and encourage you to reflect on shifting your own parenting perspectives.

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Jun 23, 2021
How YouTube Impacts Middle School Development with Dr. Linda Charmaraman
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Today Melanie talks with Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women and director of the Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab. Dr. Charmaraman’s research interests include technology and adolescent health, digital citizenship, innovative research methods to include overlooked and hidden populations, and how social identities (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, political affiliation) affect wellbeing.  

Dr. Charmaraman shares with Melanie her current research on middle school-aged children—6th to 8th grade—and early social media use. They discuss how the manipulation of algorithms in media influences addictive use and promotes feelings of control within games or other platforms. Dr. Charmaraman discusses how not only the quantity of hours spent on screens, but the quality of content is influencing the outcomes of symptoms of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and school efficacy in children. Her research supports ScreenStrong’s message to delay smartphones for children and cites it as a protective factor in their adolescent development as a whole. 

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Jun 18, 2021
Virtual Autism & Screens with Dr. Andrew Doan
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In this episode, Melanie introduces our ScreenStrong Families to Dr. Andrew Doan, who shares his expertise on gaming addiction and how it impacts development in children. Dr. Doan is a neuroscientist, physician, author & speaker. With a doctoral degree in neuroscience, his background in molecular neuroscience adds in depth knowledge into the areas of internet, video game, and technology addictions. Dr. Doan is the author of Hooked on Games

Today, Dr. Doan discusses the increase in Autism diagnoses and how it has become an epidemic in our society. He identifies digital media as the "elephant in the room" and the unrecognized toxin that has been playing an integral role in the continued rise of Autism in children. He shares his collaboration with other experts, both internationally and nationally, in observing the impact of screens on eye disorders and believes that Opthamologists have an important role in recognizing and providing intervention in addressing brain developmental delays due to overuse of screen media. Dr. Doan introduces his theory of when we expose the child to excessive screen time, this causes an overdevelopment of the frontal lobe in one area and underdevelopment in areas of nonverbal communication, speech, behaviors, and social skills resulting in autistic behaviors. This is a fascinating and educational episode you won't want to miss.

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Jun 16, 2021
The Power of Sharing Your Story with Jenny Hoey
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In today's episode, Mandee Hamann (filling in for Melanie Hempe) welcomes Jenny Hoey, the founder of Not My Kid, a group she created for the purpose of educating and supporting parents on the safety issues of raising children within the digital world. Jenny is a Screen Strong Ambassador and parenting coach that lives with her family in Australia. Today, Jenny shares her and her daughter's personal life-changing story of an on-line incident that occurred when her daughter was 9 years old. She shares her family’s journey of healing, what has inspired her in her endeavors, and how she began to bravely share their story to help empower other parents. 

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Jun 10, 2021
Achieving the Good Life: Going Game-Free with James Good, Former Gamer
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In this episode of the ScreenStrong podcast, Melanie talks to James Good, whose young life was overtaken by video game addiction. James describes how as he moved through high school and into university, his healthy hobbies, interests, and friendships were slowly replaced by gaming until he began to struggle socially, emotionally, and academically. One of James’ key realizations as he beat his gaming problem was that he had never learned how to “do hard things”–he has since built his ability to concentrate and deal with boredom through meditation, exercise, journaling, and goal-setting. James learned that although gaming felt like an easy escape, it actually made real life feel more difficult. Melanie notes how common James’ story is, since her own son and many others have followed the same path from a normal (and even gifted) childhood to a crippling gaming addiction. James also describes exactly how he quit gaming for the first time at nineteen, inspired by others’ stories of fulfilling accomplishments and pursuing fascinating hobbies, and spurred by the realization that video games are truly designed to be addictive to young men.

Hear more from James Good on his YouTube channel.

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Jun 04, 2021
LIVE "Disconnected" Discussion with Tom Kersting (May BOTM)
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Tom Kersting, author of our May Book of the Month (BOTM) pick "Disconnected," joins the entire ScreenStrong Team and members from our community to answer YOUR questions about fear culture, parental denial, teen privacy online, smartphones in school, and so much more!

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May 28, 2021
Preventing Porn Exposure with Barb Winters
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In this episode, Barb Winters, a Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist, discusses the emotional discovery of her son’s pornography exposure and her passion to help parents not suffer alone in isolation after making similar discoveries. She and Melanie talk through tips to prevent porn use for teens and some unique approaches to help kids engage in helpful conversations.  

Subscribe at Barb's website hopefulmom.net to receive updates and a free resource, “7 Actions When Your Child Has Seen Porn.” You can also follow her Facebook Page.

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May 26, 2021
The Broader Effects of Tech and How to Reconnect Your Kids with Tom Kersting
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In the second half of Melanie’s discussion with author Tom Kersting, they move on to his chapters about how technology affects children’s social and emotional development, and how family dynamics are negatively impacted by screen saturation in kids. Kersting focuses on problems that Melanie and other parents are familiar with: kids who would rather game than make real friends, emotional dysregulation, and a feeling of disconnection between the generations. Finally, Melanie and Tom delve into the third section of ‘Disconnected,’ which gives tips, techniques, and practical solutions to mitigate problems caused by technology and help parents reconnect their children with their families, their friends, and with their own minds. Kersting emphasizes the importance of teaching children how to think independently of their peers and how to be mindful about all aspects of their lives, including their tech use.

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May 21, 2021
Loving Your Kids Louder with Nate Webb (Bullies Be Gone)
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Nate Webb is a bullying survivor and high school counselor who started the Bullies Be Gone podcast and speaks at schools about bullying, social media, and how kids can get back to loving their lives.

As a counselor, he has seen how smartphone access and social media have exacerbated bullying by opening kids up to 24/7 contact with their peers. In his conversation with Melanie, Nate emphasizes his parents’ positive influence on his attitude as a suffering middle- and high-schooler, and gives advice about how parents can “love their kids louder than their insecurities can hate them.”

He believes that when kids are exposed to more communication and kindness, they can not only overcome being bullied, but also stop bullying others.

You can find Nate on Instagram: @bulliesbe.gone
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May 14, 2021
Creating Screen-Free Memories & Traditions with Mary Mulliken
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Mary Mulliken is a healthy screen habits coach who encourages families to parent their children to be creators and not consumers of their environment. She is writing a book, Supercharged: 50 Reasons to Raise Kids Screen-Free from Birth to Age Seven.  In today’s episode, Melanie and Mary talk about the benefits of raising your children screen-free during their early childhood years. From stimulating creativity in ideas as well as actions, Mary shared some of her family’s traditions and rituals with us. This interview is inspiring, perspective-shifting, and hopeful in bringing childhood back to real-life experiences. 

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May 11, 2021
Child Exploitation and Screens with Opal Singleton
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In today's episode, Melanie speaks with Opal Singleton. She is the President and CEO of Million Kids and serves as the Training and Outreach Coordinator for the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force and is contracted for human trafficking training services through the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Opal has authored two books, Seduced: The Grooming of America's Teenagers, and Societal Shift: A World Without Borders...A Home Without Walls. She has educated tens of thousands of first responders, government agencies, civic leaders, school administrators, medical personnel, faith-based organizations, parents and grandparents about how predators operate and how to prevent young people from becoming victims of exploitation. If you have any question about the harm a smartphone can have on your child, then this is the episode for you.

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May 07, 2021
The Impact of Electronic Devices on Kids' Brains with Tom Kersting
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In this episode Melanie speaks with Tom Kersting, our featured author of our book of the month, Disconnected: How to Reconnect our Digitally Distracted Kids. Tom began his career as a School Counselor and Therapist almost twenty-five years ago. He is a nationally known speaker, author, TV personality, and he has a private practice located in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Melanie and Tom explore the first part of his book where he discusses "Acquired ADHD" and other warning signs resulting from overexposure electronic screen exposure. They discuss how the overuse of technology has negatively impacted adolescents' ability to develop social relationships, create positive self-esteem, and a true sense of self. Melanie and Tom discuss how more screen exposure (with virtual classes) will create a stress response in kids that will likely result in increased anxiety, school phobia, and school avoidance. They give parents positive practical tips to help reduce family stress and increase family connection.

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May 04, 2021
LIVE "Reset Your Child's Brain" Discussion (April BOTM)
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Dr. Victoria Dunckley, author of our April Book of the Month (BOTM) pick "Reset Your Child's Brain" joins the entire ScreenStrong Team and members from our community to answer YOUR questions about screens and teens, tips for getting through the screen reset, how to troubleshoot difficult transitions, and so much more!

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Apr 30, 2021
How Screens Contribute to Developmental Delays with Melissa Porcaro
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 Melissa is an occupational therapist who specializes in sensory integration and processing. Her focus has moved from helping children with developmental delays to helping children and young people with screen and media addictions. This career trajectory made it clear to Melissa that the two problems were increasingly connected. Dependence on screens presents new challenges to sensory integration because children are no longer experiencing the world through physical experience the way they did a generation ago. Melanie and Melissa discuss how screen addiction affects children not only mentally and emotionally, but physically and socially as well. We all know that screen use changes the structure of kids’ brains—Melissa explains exactly how this happens and the negative effects she sees in real-life children in her practice.

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Apr 27, 2021
Reset Your Child's Brain with Dr. Victoria Dunckley (Part 2)
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In this second episode featuring Dr. Victoria Dunckley, Melanie and Victoria discuss the goals and outcomes highlighted in the second half of the integrative psychiatrist’s book, Reset Your Child’s Brain: A Four Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen Time. Victoria provides practical advice to parents on how to prepare for the reset, including how to engage a reluctant spouse, tips for the single parent, and what to expect from your child once you implement the reset plan. She also dispels some of the parental myths connected with screen and tech use, such as loss of friendships and preparing kids for adulthood by allowing technology use at an early age. Victoria describes the reset as a grieving process that creates a shift in your child’s thinking and allows your child’s brain to become stronger, more connected, and resilient. “A better developed brain is what manages and governs self-discipline in every area of life, including technology use.”
 
BOTM: Reset Your Child’s Brain: A Four Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen Time. 

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Apr 20, 2021
Why There Is No Safe Smartphone with Anne Marie McDonald
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Anne Marie McDonald is Vice President of PR & Strategy for Gabb Wireless, the company that provides talk and text phones without access to internet or social media to help kids and teens stay safely connected without temptation or distraction. In this episode, Melanie talks to the working mother of four about the dangers of typical smartphones for children and teenagers, and how Anne Marie became passionate about helping kids thrive without them, both within and beyond her own family. Anne Marie only began working for Gabb after witnessing the benefits of a smartphone-free lifestyle for her own oldest teen, so she has a wealth of experience and advice for real parents facing the same challenges in their homes. She describes how even with a Gabb phone, parents are responsible for teaching their kids the lessons they need to absorb about phone safety and staying protected.

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Apr 16, 2021
How to Protect Your Kids From Viewing Pornography by Smith Alley
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Smith Alley, a brave and inspiring 17-year-old, shares his story of a five year battle with pornography addiction as well as his struggles with social media. Determined to be more than a “success story,” he founded his company, Protecht Strong, to help families safely set up technology limits in their home. 

Melanie and Smith discuss what it means to prepare our children for the real world and that preparing doesn’t have to mean giving them a phone. Smith challenges parents to ask themselves, “Am I getting this device or giving them access because I want to be their friend or because I’m trying to be their parent?” before handing them a smartphone or other device. 

This episode is one that invokes reflection on how you are communicating with your children about difficult and hidden issues. It is one that challenges you to consider where your “blind spots” are in your relationship with your children. 

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Apr 13, 2021
Teen Suicide Ideation and Social Media with Tessa Stuckey
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Not only is Tessa Stuckey a licensed professional therapist and author of For the Sake of Our Youth: A Therapist’s Perspective on Raising Your Family in Today’s Culture, she’s also raising four boys of her own. Tessa became a therapist with the goal of helping support children through the emotionally confusing teenage years, but what she found was worse than the dating drama and adolescent angst she expected: instead, she found prevalent suicidal ideation and other surprisingly dark problems, despite a general lack of deep-seated trauma. In her conversation with Melanie, Tessa dives into how technology is the main contributor to the problems she sees teens facing today, and how we as parents can help them develop the resiliency and connection to make it to the other side as healthy, balanced adults.

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Apr 09, 2021
Helping Your Children Avoid Screen Addiction with Tracy Markle
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In today’s episode, Melanie talks with Tracy Markle, MA, LPC, who is the Founder/Owner of Collegiate Coaching Services & Founder/Co-Director at Digital Media Treatment and Education Center in Colorado. Melanie and Tracy begin their discussion identifying protective factors as well as risk factors to consider when establishing limits of media use within your family. Tracy explains the Self-Determination Theory of Motivation, and how she uses this theory in her work with her clients. She also gives advice for the parents of middle-school aged children to high-school aged teenagers in addressing addictive media use in their daily lives. This is a must listen for any parent, whether you have a young child not yet introduced to screen-related games, or you are the parent who is wondering if you are doing enough with your family limits, and for the parent that needs guidance in steps to take to initiate change.

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Apr 06, 2021
Reset Your Child's Brain with Dr. Victoria Dunckley (Part 1)
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In this first of two episodes featuring Dr. Victoria Dunckley, Melanie and Victoria discuss the premise of the integrative psychiatrist’s book Reset Your Child’s Brain: A Four Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen Time. Victoria explains how she came to be passionate about screen time through her early work with troubled children and adolescents, and then digs into the first part of her book, which covers what she calls “electronic screen syndrome” and how it negatively affects young people. She brings her hands-on experience and medical expertise to bear on the issue in a frank conversation with Melanie. In the upcoming Part 2, Victoria will delve into her practical advice on how to implement the four week plan and what to expect when resetting your child’s brain.

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Apr 02, 2021
LIVE "Playstation Nation" Discussion (March BOTM)
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Olivia Bruner, author of our March Book of the Month (BOTM) pick "Playstation Nation" joins the entire ScreenStrong Team and members from our community to answer YOUR questions about video games and kids, how the industry has changed, connecting with your older teen, and so much more!

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Mar 26, 2021
Candid Discussion About Gaming Addiction from a Former Gamer: Adam Brooker
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The show today is taken from an interview with Adam Brooker about growing up as a gamer. He is very candid with his description of how gamers think, how they trade the real world for the virtual gaming world and their need to dominate. He touches on the dangerous habit of pornography and explains how smartphones and social media are very similar to the gaming trap. Listen to discover if your child has a potential problem, to hear his advice on removing the devices, and for encouragement to be a strong parent.

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Mar 23, 2021
Playstation Nation with Olivia Bruner (Part 2)
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Today Melanie continues her conversation with Olivia Bruner, author of our featured book of the month, Playstation Nation: Protect Your Child From Video Game Addiction. Olivia shares the rest of her family’s story and the steps she and her husband took to replace video games with parental connection and “real life.” Melanie and Olivia discuss the five most common mistakes parents make in attempting to set screen limits. They emphasize “rebuilding the muscles “ of your child’s connection to real life and share ideas for replacement activities for your family.

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Mar 19, 2021
ADHD, Anxiety & Screen Addiction with Adrienne
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Today Melanie is joined by Adrienne, ScreenStrong Ambassador and mom of two teenagers. Adrienne shares her son’s struggle with ADHD, school anxiety, and the difficult decisions their family was forced to make because of his screen addiction. She emphasizes the importance of having like-minded community support because “no one can understand unless they are standing right there with you.” Adrienne also goes into how life changing the ScreenStrong Challenge was for her family and the long term benefits she’s already seeing in her son and daughter.

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Mar 16, 2021
Screen Addiction & Parenting with Dr. Sarah Domoff
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In this episode, Melanie talks with Dr. Sarah Domoff, a Clinical Child Psychologist and the principal investigator for the Family Health Lab at Central Michigan University, Department of Psychology. 

Melanie and Sarah talk about her research studies that she has published and what she discovered in her work that is forming her interventions with the parents she works with. Sarah shares her theory of what she and her collaborators believe on how problematic media use develops in childhood. Her research is focused on identifying the risk factors and maintaining factors for screen addiction or problematic media use within behaviors of children that can then be used as screening tools by professionals. Sarah also shares her work with parents on breaking the cycle of reinforcement of screens by teaching parenting skills, assisting with limit setting, and teaching parents how to implement replacement activities. This episode is one you will want to listen to more than once as it has so much essential information packed into each minute of dialogue.


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Mar 12, 2021
Growing Up ScreenStrong with Andrew and Evan Hempe
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Andrew and Evan Hempe grew up in a video game-free home after their older brother’s life derailed due to a gaming addiction. Today,  Andrew and Evan are answering parents’ common questions about the ScreenStrong lifestyle from the perspective of high school teens. They discuss what it was like living with a former gamer sibling, how they managed to live through middle school without video games and smartphones, and how they make friends without social media.

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Mar 09, 2021
Screen-Free Parenting with Meghan Owenz, Ph.D.
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In today’s episode, Melanie talks with Meghan Owenz, Ph.D., who is a psychologist, author, psychology professor, and mom of two young children. They discuss and break down Meghan’s child development-based S.P.O.I.L. system for prioritizing activities for your child’s day. Meghan emphasizes maintaining positive parental structure and rules that will ultimately help your child develop good habits and a screen-free lifestyle that is full of doing what they love. Melanie and Meghan connect on their shared fascination for research studies that focus on the benefits of parental limits in regards to screen exposure to young children. Meghan identifies the screen-free process as a “Perspective Shift” for parents and encourages parents to say “Yes!” to all the good things that come from reducing screens in your home. 

Meghan Owenz is the author of Spoiled Right: Delaying Screen Time and Giving Children What They Really Need. Her website Screen-Free Parenting is https://www.screenfreeparenting.com/. It has a blog and other resources that have a ton of screen-alternative activities. 

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Mar 05, 2021
Playstation Nation with Olivia Bruner (Part 1)
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In today's episode, Melanie talks with Olivia Bruner, one of the authors of our featured book of the month, Playstation Nation: Protect Your Child From Video Game Addiction.  Olivia shares her family's journey with video game use and addiction, which ultimately led to the creation of their book Playstation Nation, to help other families identify and address video game addiction. Melanie and Olivia discuss the 8 Warning Signs or Questions to help determine if your child has a problem with game addiction. They explore the addictive nature of video games and how gaming affects the brain. Olivia identifies the reward pathways of addiction in where basic feedback leads to adaptation of your brain's dopamine reward pathways. She also identifies the 7 driving forces behind the compelling nature of video games and how science is now providing proof to a parent's intuition. This episode is fast-paced, anecdotal, and stresses how our children's addiction to video games is not their fault. It's truly one you don't want to miss!

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Mar 02, 2021
LIVE "The Collapse of Parenting" Discussion (February BOTM)
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Dr. Leonard Sax, author of our February Book of the Month (BOTM) pick "The Collapse of Parenting," joins the entire ScreenStrong Team and members from our community to answer YOUR questions about screens and kids, the American pharmaceutical companies, and so much more!

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Feb 26, 2021
Your Daughter and Online Predators with Toni Ludlow
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In today's episode, Melanie is joined by Toni Ludlow, a mother of two young children, who shares her family's story of her daughter's traumatic experience with an online predator. Toni shares how her mother's intuition uncovered a manipulative bind her 10-year-old daughter fell into when she entered a chat room on a seemingly innocent online game. Toni points to the signs that her daughter displayed that told her something was off. She empowers parents to keep a keen eye on their children’s digital activity and not buy into the myth that kids need privacy online.

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Feb 23, 2021
The Collapse of Parenting with Dr. Leonard Sax (Part 2)
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In today’s episode, Melanie continues her in-depth conversation with Dr. Leonard Sax, author of The Collapse of Parenting. Together they explore solutions while challenging several myths and misconceptions that many American parents have in raising children today. Dr. Sax pinpoints the “collapse of parenting” as occurring when we, as parents, allow our children to make decisions in every domain. Dr. Sax challenges parents to be courageous, to educate desire, to do the right thing at the right time, and to value family over the toxic American culture.

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Feb 19, 2021
A Fresh Practice for Positive Screen Habits with Tiffany Shlain
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In today’s episode, Melanie has a conversation with filmmaker, author, and mother, Tiffany Shlain, who created a transformative weekly practice that she calls “Tech Shabbat'' for her family. She shares how taking one day completely off screens every week can inspire creativity, connectedness, and introspection. Tiffany and Melanie have a candid discussion about raising kids more offline than online and why we should pay attention to who is shaping your child. They talk about the benefits of going countercultural by practicing a ScreenStrong lifestyle. You can find Tiffany’s book 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week on Amazon.

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Feb 16, 2021
One Teen Shares Her Experience with Porn Addiction
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In this episode, Ashlee Ayre, an insightful and courageous young woman, shares her story of her 6-year addiction to pornography that started at age 11 when her parents gave her a smart phone. Melanie and Ashlee talk about the insidious nature of social media and the hidden dangers in Apps like Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media sites. They discuss how explicit content is easily accessible to children by a click or a swipe. Ashlee talks about her relationship with her mom and how they managed through the dark days while bringing to real life a problem that is hidden in the lives of so many teens today. She emphasizes the importance of creating a connection with your children that allows for continued communication about difficult situations as well as creating an environment of trust and safety, which is ultimately what parents want to provide their children. 

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Feb 12, 2021
The Science of Media Use and the Teenage Brain with Dr. Douglas Gentile
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Dr. Douglas Gentile is an award-winning research scientist, educator, author, and is professor of developmental psychology at Iowa State University. In this episode, he and Melanie discuss the science that supports the addictive quality of video games and the resistance of parents to believe the evidence supporting the conclusion to the question, "Are video games addictive?"  He hints as to what is coming in the near future in regards to the diagnosis of issues related to screen use and the creation of screening tools to identify when overuse becomes a problem. Dr. Gentile concludes that video games don't allow kids to build the skills they need in the real world and cautions parents, "Don't feed the bears!" He encourages setting limits and creating balance in your family despite the resistance kids may present. "It's worth having the fight...trust that parenting matters."

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Feb 09, 2021
The Collapse of Parenting with Dr. Leonard Sax (Part 1)
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Dr. Leonard Sax is an American Psychologist and Family Physician with over 30 years experience. He is the internationally acclaimed author of our featured book, The Collapse of Parenting, which identifies a cultural shift in the parenting role in relation to the way parents are raising their children.

In this conversation, Melanie and Dr. Sax focus on Chapters 1 thru 5, identifying multiple factors that have lead to a loss of parental authority. He pinpoints the toxic cultural shift over the last 20-30 years that is now at the forefront of our popular culture. Dr. Sax's book is weighted with research and world-wide studies that cover the negative impacts of sleep deprivation, over-importance of peer relationships, and the uncensored media use that are now having profound consequences on America's children.

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Feb 05, 2021
LIVE "Breaking the Trance" Discussion (January BOTM)
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George Lynn and Cynthia Johnson, co-authors of our January Book of the Month (BOTM) pick "Breaking the Trance," join the entire ScreenStrong Team and members from our community to answer YOUR screen questions.

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Stay Strong! 

Jan 30, 2021
8 Screen Tips for Distance Learning Success
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In an online seminar, Melanie discusses how to reduce problematic screen use when learning from home.

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Jan 29, 2021
Screen Impact on Early Childhood Education
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Patricia Gefert is a recently retired Early Childhood Educator of 35 years, a mother and grandmother, and a ScreenStrong Ambassador. In this podcast, Patricia shares her experiences with children from Kindergarten to Early Elementary. She notes the drastic changes she has witnessed in children's learning over the past 10-15 years, particularly how screens have affected their academic and social development. Patricia provides specific ideas and strategies for helping children grow in healthier ways, without screens, that focus on improving both brain and physical development to help create a strong foundation for growth, creativity, learning, and language. 

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Need extra support? Join our ScreenStrong Families Facebook Group.
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Jan 26, 2021
ScreenStrong Stories with Special Guest: Jessica Ludlow
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Jessica Ludlow joins Melanie Hempe to share the most recent events in her journey to becoming a ScreenStrong Family.

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Stay Strong!

Jan 19, 2021
Three Personalities of the Screen Dependent Child with George Lynn
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Melanie interviews George Lynn, co-author of "Breaking the Trance," our January pick for the ScreenStrong Book Club.

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Stay Strong!

Jan 15, 2021
ScreenStrong Teens: Lydia
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Melanie is joined by Lydia, a teen with an incredibly emotional ScreenStrong Challenge testimony. 

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Stay Strong!

Jan 12, 2021
How to Reduce Screen Time in One Week
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Melanie and Mandee give a detailed overview of The ScreenStrong Challenge, what's required, what to expect, and tips for getting through the detox period.

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Stay Strong!

Jan 08, 2021
Parenting a Screen Dependent Child with Cynthia Johnson
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Melanie interviews Cynthia Johnson, co-author of "Breaking the Trance," our January pick for the ScreenStrong Book Club.

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Stay Strong!

Jan 05, 2021
Screen Use During the Holidays—ScreenStrong Families Q&A
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You sent us your questions, now we give you answers! Melanie and Mandee address questions from our ScreenStrong Families Facebook Group regarding screen time during the holidays, the benefit of a holiday detox, and tips for entertaining only children.

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Stay Strong!

Dec 18, 2020
ScreenStrong Stories with Special Guest: Dian Gibson
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Dian Gibson, ScreenStrong Ambassador and mother of three, joins Melanie Hempe to share the most recent events in her journey to becoming a ScreenStrong Family.

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Stay Strong!

Dec 15, 2020
Non-Tech Gifts for the Holidays
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Are video games and smartphones the only things on your child's Christmas list? If so, listen in as Melanie and Mandee discuss non-tech alternatives!

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Dec 11, 2020
Non-Tech Screen Activities with Sue DeCaro
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Melanie Hempe and worldwide Coach and Educator, Sue DeCaro, discuss a variety of non-tech activities for all ages to implement both this holiday season and year round.

With the holidays coming up, this is the perfect time of year to take the ScreenStrong Challenge and make sure to join our ScreenStrong Families Group for more non-tech gift ideas!

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Dec 04, 2020
5 Benefits of Low-Tech Learning
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Melanie sits down with Anneka Daniell, a mom of four, who has discovered the secret to scree-free homeschooling.

Whether you are distance learning or truly homeschooling, Anneka lists 5 benefits to a low-tech, learning-at-home experience for your kids with tips and resources to get you started.

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Stay Strong!


Dec 01, 2020
ScreenStrong Stories with Special Guest: Julie Christian
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ScreenStrong Ambassador, Julie Christian, shares her journey in becoming a ScreenStrong Family—highlighting the highs, lows, and everything in between. 

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Stay Strong!


Nov 24, 2020
Go Game Free and Never Have Bored Kids Again!
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Melanie Hempe and Mary Thorne (@maryellen0708) discuss the huge benefits of raising boys without video games—a choice that is so much easier than you may think! Happy parents and happy kids!

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Stay Strong!

Episode Pre-Recorded: 9/17/20

Nov 17, 2020
Why Social Media Is NOT Smart For Middle School Kids
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Crazy things seem to happen to a tween’s brain the first day he walks into middle school...

With seven middle school kids between them, Melanie and Mandee discuss middle school maturity, the detrimental effects of social media, and the "Middle School Girl Phone Speech."

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Nov 10, 2020
How to Become a ScreenStrong Family
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Melanie Hempe and Mandee Hamann share their stories about how they became ScreenStrong Families and give practical tips on how to begin reducing screen time in your home.

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Nov 06, 2020
Distance Learning & Tips for Teachers
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Distance Learning & Tips for Teachers with Melanie Hempe and special guest Dawn Poulterer Woods, family coach and ScreenStrong Ambassador.

Visit ScreenStrong.com for more information about The ScreenStrong Challenge! And join our ScreenStrong Families Facebook Group for more exclusive content.

Aug 28, 2020
ScreenStrong Quarantine Q&A
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Melanie Hempe, Mandee Hamann, Michelle Barrett, and Olivia Kernekin discuss screen time during social distancing & quarantine, video game aggression, teen screen anxiety, and distance learning.

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Aug 07, 2020
Screen Dependency Warning Signs
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ScreenStrong founder Melanie Hempe and family counselor Michelle Barrett as they discuss the 6 Warning Signs for screen dependency and prevention solutions.

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Jul 29, 2020
Screen Immersion Levels
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ScreenStrong founder Melanie Hempe and family counselor Michelle Barrett as they discuss the levels of screen immersion and how to prevent childhood screen dependency.

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Jul 29, 2020