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Screentime Overload: Helping Kids Manage How They Spend Their Time – Online Live Discussion and Q&A

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Zoom fatigue? Video game junkie? Social Media non-stop scrolling? Join Digital Media Expert Julia Storm about the new digital reality, and gain insight on how to know when our kids have had too much, decipher the good from the dangerous, and keeping our kids connected, not addicted.
Part of The Mother Company’s expert series on Parenting in a Pandemic.

In case you missed the event:

 

Here are some helpful links to resources and tools that Julia mentioned:

Round Up: List of Daily Goals to Keep the Offline/Online Balance For Kids at Home

Most Teens Get Their News from YouTube – and That’s NOT a Good Thing

Creative, Fun and Enriching Screen-based Resources for Kids

 

Blue Light Blocking Glasses for Kids:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WCFPJZQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

A glasses round up:

https://www.romper.com/p/7-blue-light-blocking-glasses-for-kids-18146180

 

Good Third Party Parental Control Apps:
Bark
OurPact
Circle (by Disney)
Unglue
Both Apple and Android also offer pretty good parental controls – Apple through Family Sharing and the Screentime App and Android through Google’s Family Link.

Julia Storm is a Los Angeles-based Digital Media Wellness Educator, writer, speaker and founder of ReConnect. Julia founded ReConnect with the mission of providing parents a whole child and whole family approach to preparing kids for life in the Digital Age. Prior to launching ReConnect, Julia served as Director of Production for The Mother Company; a production company dedicated to creating media for young children based on social-emotional curricula. During her tenure at The Mother Company Julia produced award-winning children’s media content for Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and PBS in partnership with the top child development specialists in the country. She formed a relationship with Common Sense Media and started to develop an interest in the role that screens play in the social/emotional wellbeing of children. In her quest to better understand and educate herself about the way digital technology, specifically mobile devices, were impacting children, schools, and family systems, Julia sought out researchers, psychologists, and journalists.

Having founded ReConnect, in 2017, Julia provides practical advice as an educator, consultant, and speaker to help parents, children, school administrators, community and religious organizations, A-List celebrity clients, corporate and non-profit companies, and at conferences to better understand, navigate, and thrive in the digital world. After 15 years working in the film and television industry, Julia was selected to participate in the Southern California Counseling Center’s Para-professional Program where she underwent training and supervision while serving the community asamental health counselor. Julia is also the head of the Digital Citizenship Committee at Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Wonderland Elementary, working with the administration and parent community to implement a robust Digital Citizenship curriculum and Parent Ed program.

Julia is a frequent speaker at educational conferences, schools, and businesses. She has also shared her expertise as a guest on on The KTLA Morning News.

She received her BA from Princeton University and earned a Masters from UCLA’s School of Film, Television, and Digital Media. When she’s not working, Julia spends most of her time keeping up with her two very active and beautiful sons.

 

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