Who has more anxiety? You or your tech-savvy child?

Who has more anxiety? You or your tech-savvy child?

As you may know, I am an ancient cyber mom trained in behavioral science at U.C. Berkeley. My sons are grown, 35 and 29 years old. I left a career in technology (circa 2004) when my youngest hit middle school and devices landed in the hands of youth. I wanted to...
Five habits of anxiety-proof families in a cyber-powered world

Five habits of anxiety-proof families in a cyber-powered world

A recent report by Pew Research Center indicates that anxiety and depression are among the top concerns for teens. According to the feature, the total number of teenagers who recently experienced depression increased 59% between 2007 and 2017, and the rate of growth...
Crucial social media topics: Brave versus risky

Crucial social media topics: Brave versus risky

Concepts for crucial conversations Guidance for conversations with youth in a cyber-powered world, wherein it is easy to believe things that are not true and focus on things that do not really mater. Brave versus Risky Both can make you feel discomfort. However, you...
How to rebuild trust when you find these apps on your child’s smartphone

How to rebuild trust when you find these apps on your child’s smartphone

One of the greatest challenges of parenting tech-savvy youth is balancing rules and relationships. There is much confusion between trust and faith and private and secret.  The biggest obstacle to building trust with tech-savvy youth is a parent’s fear which kills open...
Why devices are not to blame for a lack of connection with your child

Why devices are not to blame for a lack of connection with your child

Recently I found a very honest and inspirational book on parenting at the local thrift store, entitled, The Key to Your Child’s Heart, by Gary Smalley. Published in 1984, Smalley (an author, educator, pastor, husband and father) shares some of the fundamentals of...
Conquer the fear of losing a child to screentime

Conquer the fear of losing a child to screentime

Executive summary The quality of life for a child or teen is not necessarily defined by social media use. Children who are not feeling a sense of secure belonging at home and in a peer community are vulnerable to the isolating impact of excessive social media use....