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Episode 20: Scary vs. Dangerous: Tips for Parenting in a Digital Age with Emily Cherkin, M.Ed

Emily Cherkin, MEd. joins me on The Heartful Parent Podcast for a thought-provoking conversation about how we, as parents, may be worrying about the wrong thing(s)!

Emily is former teacher who is now The Screentime Consultant, and her work focuses on understanding the challenges we face parenting through a digital age.

Emily and I dig into the difference between scary versus dangerous, and why this matters.

We also talk about guidelines around when kids should get a phone and what we should really consider before we give them one. Parental controls and monitoring are one tool to keep kids safe online, but really, learning to be safe in the real world paves the way for the skills kids need to be safe online. Emily and I share what this type of “functionality” looks like in kids and teens before they can really navigate using technology to communicate and socialize. 

As with all components of Heartful Parenting, no matter the age kids are when they become encompassed with technology as a way of life, we have to build trust and nurture our relationships to really make a difference for our kids. Emily and I talk about the connections that need to be made in order to tackle the anxiety and challenges that kids and teens are facing in today’s digital world.

Learn more about being Tech-Intentional™️ on Emily’s website and connect with her by signing up for her mailing list or following her on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or subscribing to her YouTube channel.

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Christy Keating is a certified parent coach,  positive discipline educator, and motivational speaker. She is the founder and CEO of The Heartful Parent Collective, which includes Heartful Parent Coaching, Savvy Parents Safe Kids, and Heartful Parent Academy.

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