Joanna Jullien (Photo: Christi Benz)

Joanna Jullien
(Photo: Christi Benz)

Historically the teen and young adult years are perceived as times of separation from parents, but I am advocating for deeper bonding in a hyper-connected world. I will be teaching a 2-part workshop on Fearless Communication with Your Teen and Young Adult in Roseville at Recovery Happens, on 3017 Douglas Blvd., 3rd Floor, on September 21, 6:00-7:30pm and September 28, 6:00-7:30 pm.

A mother of two grown sons, I left a career in technology in 2004 when mobile connectivity landed in the hands of youth. When my youngest hit middle school, he purchased a pay-as-you-go mobile phone from Nextel with his paper-route money, and then something called ‘texting’ surfaced which made it easy for youth to communicate in more clandestine ways keeping secrets that harbor risk.

Mobile connectivity was a game changer for growing up and parenting, so I stopped working outside the home in order to understand the threats and opportunities that cyber communications created for the parent-child relationship.

Photo: Christi Benz

Photo: Christi Benz

I founded Banana Moments Foundation, to educate and inspire parents about their inherent capacity to communicate the spiritual wisdom and discipline of their chosen faith and build resilience in children who must deal with cyber-powered bully and drug culture.

In a hyper-connected world, there is good and not good amplified into our lives. And the reality is that children are exposed to the adult issues of bullying, addiction and exploitation at earlier ages and they must be trained to take personal responsibility for their own thoughts and actions. This is the resilience essential to be a free agent in the social network and in the flesh.

"For most people, the family is the place where one learns to love, or not." -- Helen Alvare Purchase your copy of the 2015 Edition today! $15.00

“For most people, the family is the place where one learns to love, or not.” — Helen Alvare
Purchase your copy of the 2015 Edition today! $15.00

The fee is $55.00 for two 90-minute sessions and it includes the BMF family culture manual called Fresh Start, and one complementary hour of family culture consulting with me. Ten percent of all BMF proceeds are donated to prison ministries.

To register for this workshop, go to: Fresh Start – Fearless Communication

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ABOUT: This parent inspiration and training event is offered by Banana Moments Foundation, a non-profit education center founded in Roseville, CA to strengthen the parent-child bond in a hyper-connected world. The BMF mission is to restore families with the mustard seed of faith that declares liberty already belongs to the soul because one God grants every human being intelligence and free will and that is power that can never be taken, but is easily surrendered to the bully, the drug or the device. To that end, 10 percent of all BMF proceeds are donated to prison ministries. To learn more go to: www.coreconnectivity.org

Joanna Jullien is an author, educator and speaker on strengthening the parent-child relationship in a cyber powered world. She is a mother of two grown sons, the author of The Authority In Me: The Power of Family Life in the Network Culture, produces The Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner column on Examiner.com, and is the CyberParenting advisor on The Fish 103.9FM. Her new book, A Google World in the Garden of Eden: Five Family-Safe Strategies for Texting and Social Media is now available for PC and all eReader formats including Kindle, Nook, iPad.