Safer Internet Day Exposes the Elephant in the Room

by Claudine Gallacher

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Have you heard of Safer Internet Day? Can you guess the internet safety “elephant in the room”? 

It’s the aspect of digital safety that everyone would rather ignore.

The “elephant” is this reality: vast numbers of young children are being exposed to graphic and violent online pornography despite the valiant efforts of many to keep kids safe.

As a society we believe, and our laws reflect, that exposure to pornography is “harmful to minors.” Parents often turn to internet filters to protect their kids.Read the rest

Get Emotional: A Valuable Legacy from Father to Son

emotional bond between father and sonby John Fort

My father never taught me to understand my emotional needs. This led to disaster in my life, and I knew I wanted to model a healthier path for my son. I wanted to leave a better legacy to my children.

It was only as an adult, while in recovery from pornography addiction, that I learned the importance of recognizing and meeting emotional needs.… Read the rest

Therapist and Ex-Porn Addict Rallies Parents to Protect Kids

This is the second in the “Why I Fight” series from a leaders or professionals who work tirelessly to protect kids from getting pulled into pornography, help those who are already trapped to escape and heal, or support family members. Forest is one of those passionate people who has turned his own difficult experience into motivation to help others. 

by Forest Benedict, MA, LMFT, SATP-C

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Photo by Michael L.
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Be Smarter than Your Dopamine: Lessons from Powerball Fever and Porn Addiction

by Kristen A. Jenson, MA

Smarter than dopamineWhat has motivated millions of Americans to buy Powerball tickets this week? The chance of winning that record-smashing payout of $1.5 BILLION DOLLARS? Not really. It’s all about dopamine. And lottery fever is just one reason why you have to be smarter than your dopamine. (Get help explaining this to your kids below!)

Dopamine is a powerful brain chemical associated with reward, pleasure and…addiction.… Read the rest

What Pandemics Teach Us about Protecting Kids from Porn

by Kristen A. Jenson, MA

Protecting kids requires a proactive approachWhen I speak, I often ask this strange, seemingly unrelated question, “How many of you received a smallpox vaccination as a child?” Several hands go up, usually from the grandparents in the crowd. What does this have to do with protecting kids from pornography? Turns out the history of pandemics has taught us a powerful lesson.… Read the rest

Top 10 Tips to Protect Kids from Porn

by Kristen A. Jenson, M.A.

top10tipsThank you for making it such a great year! I’m looking forward to 2016, but before we head into a new year, let’s check out our most popular posts for a list of our Top 10 Tips to Protect Kids from Porn. We’ve separated them into three main categories: Learn, Prepare, and Teach. Want a Checklist for 2016? … Read the rest

3 Gifts that Keep on Giving

by Kristen A. Jenson, MA

Gifts the Keep on Giving

It’s Christmas and, for many of us, that means gifts! How many kids are looking forward to unwrapping new iPads, video game consoles or other electronics? But I wonder, which are the meaningful gifts that keep on giving throughout a lifetime? I asked my kids and they helped me identify three gifts of childhood that keep on giving.… Read the rest

Parental Controls: 5 Ways to Make Tech Gifts Safe

by Kristen A. Jenson, MA

Parental controlsWith Christmas near, parents are wrapping up lots of mobile devices for excited kids this year. But wait! Before you hand over those new shiny wonders of technology that provide a portal to both good and bad content, you’ll want to do some prep work by setting up parental controls and installing filtering or monitoring software or apps.… Read the rest

Tech Etiquette: A Lesson for the Digital Family

by Kristen A. Jenson, MA

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Raising kids in the digital age isn’t easy. Not only do you need to teach kids to say “please” and “thank you,” you’re responsible for teaching them tech etiquette: the rules of using tech around other people.

I’ll admit it. Most of us have been caught off guard by the rapid advancement of technology.

A few weeks ago I was in Costco and noticed a family shopping together.… Read the rest

Connect With Kids: 7 Tips From a Mom Who Fights

This is the first in a series of “Moms Who Fight” which we’ll post over the next several months. Don’t worry–we’ll also be promoting “Dads Who Fight” as well! With these stories, we hope to inspire all of us to do our little bit to CHANGE THE WORLD.

by Dina Alexander, Founder of Educate Empower Kids

Connect with KidsI’m a mom who loves to connect with kids.… Read the rest