How do we help our kids to have a healthy and safe relationship with all of the available technology at their fingertips? On the first episode of Let’s Talk, Amanda Chavez and Karlene Grabner are joined by Oshkosh locals, Kate Mann and Lindsay Loewe, to provide their expertise on everything from how brain development impacts their interactions with screens to having conversations that bring connection while setting boundaries.
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Meet our Guests
Kate Mann, Oshkosh Police Department
Kate Mann has worked for the Oshkosh Police for over 15 years and currently working as the Public Affairs/ Crime Prevention Officer. In this role, she focuses on community outreach, Crime Prevention programs, media relations, and our social media accounts. She is also a member of OPD’s Accident Investigation Team (Crash Reconstructionist), a member of OPD’s Drone team, and also on the Search Team for CART (Child Abduction Response Team).
Lindsay Loewe, Collaborative Wellness
Lindsay Loewe is a licensed mental health and substance use counselor and is passionate about the effects of screen time on the brain, especially the developing child and adolescent brain. She is actively involved in several school districts, community boards, and committees, and has two tween children of her own so she “gets” the parenting side of technology as well!
Episode at a Glance
- 1:52 – My kid texts constantly! How can I get my kids to put down their phones?
- 7:06 – Conversations to help kids understand we’re not trying to be mean, that we want to help them?
- 9:34 – Tips to monitor screentime
- 11:10 – Tips for navigating apps. What are some things to look out for?
- 13:07 – Safe relationships. What is a “friend” online?
- 14:46 – Having conversations about privacy online. What are the basic safety rules for cell phones to discuss with kids?
- 15:30 – Teen brain development and impulsivity
- 19:48 – Having conversations, role-playing, and scenarios with your kids
- 21:37 – How can we help parents be smarter than their kids?
- 23:47 – Introducing more freedom
- 26:30 – School Resource officers are great resources for parents
- Episode Transcript
- Family Resources
- Family Discussion Starters (including scenarios, scripts and quiz)
Exploring new things together builds family connections and bonds while having fun. Join us in February when we’ll talk about how to embrace and encourage new adventures. How can we embrace winter and enjoy the outdoors together? How can we get our kids to try new foods? How can we shake up our normal routines for meals to include new things? We tackle these questions and more with help from our guests.
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