How the sciences of addiction, faith and recovery inform prevention strategy

How the sciences of addiction, faith and recovery inform prevention strategy

(Below is the message Joanna shared with parents, educators, law enforcement, faith leaders and community leaders at the Coalition for Placer Youth, State of the Youth Community annual luncheon at 180 Church in Rocklin, last May 25. Joanna serves as the Chairperson...
Empowering logic to counter ‘13 Reasons Why’ a child commits suicide

Empowering logic to counter ‘13 Reasons Why’ a child commits suicide

When I decided to leave a career in technology to focus upon the impact of technology on family life (2004), my youngest was entering eighth grade and mobile connectivity had just landed in the hands of youth. Before the smart phone, texting had quickly surfaced as...
Why do they act that way? What parents need to know about brain science and childhood experiences

Why do they act that way? What parents need to know about brain science and childhood experiences

Without disparaging the innovative benefits of cyber technology, it is fair to say that today’s tech-savvy youth are exposed to levels of hostility (these adult issues of bullying, addictions and sexual exploitation) with greater intensity than pre-internet...
‘Stop yelling at me!’ Why your child may not hear what you have to say

‘Stop yelling at me!’ Why your child may not hear what you have to say

This update features how important it is to distinguish our opinions from wisdom in this latest Core Connectivity post: Why loving tech-savvy youth requires us to surrender our opinions. Easier said than done because the world conditions us to lead conversations with...
All I want for Christmas: Responding to the desires of tech-savvy youth

All I want for Christmas: Responding to the desires of tech-savvy youth

A recent blog post by Walt Mueller at the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding featured the topic of “too much stuff” for Christmas. Mueller rightly points out that in an affluent society it is easy to get lost in the acquisition of material things that distract us...
Three painless tips to limit parent screen time: Parents busted in recent study

Three painless tips to limit parent screen time: Parents busted in recent study

The big headline in cyber safety and family news this week is parent screen time. In a recent study released by Common Sense Media, the typical teenager spends nine hours a day on screen media (devices, apps, internet activities) excluding homework and school work...