The Bullied Brain – Part 1


In the first of this three-part series, Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh describe the difference between bullying and cruelty and give parents signs to look for if they are worried about their child being bullied.

Now that you know a bit more about bullying – what do we do about it? Talk to your child about being a Powerful Bystander and these Anti-Bullying Action Steps for Parents by our friends at ParentFurther.

What to look for in our upcoming podcasts – The Bullied Brain Parts 2 and 3:

  • What is brain science telling us about the academic consequences of bullying and the long-term impacts?
  • What is cyberbullying? How is it different from face-to-face bullying?

Thoughts on Media Violence As a Risk Factor

Following the Sandy Hook school shooting, Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh acknowledge that there are multiple, complex factors that create the conditions for such a tragedy. In this podcast, they tackle just one of these factors and explore the impact of media violence on kids. They suggest ways to build protective factors for kids in a culture awash in screen violence.

Buying video games for your kids?  Check out these Tips When Buying Video Games for Kids first.

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The trouble with paying attention

Dr. Dave and Erin Walsh describe how difficult it can be for kids to pay attention in the digital age. They describe the difference between focused and reactive attention and suggest ways to help strengthen kids’ capacity to focus.

Check out our parent tips for managing the multitasking generation.

Looking for practical ideas and games to boost attention? One book we like is Attention Games. Suggest games or activities that you like!

Technology and 21st Century Parenting

Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh answer a question posed by a parent – what is the right balance of media use for my teenage sons?

Dr. Dave and Erin contrast the “lock down” approach with the “hands off” approach and suggest a middle road that maintains limits while letting kids take advantage of incredible digital opportunities.

For more specific tips check out our posts on cyberbullying, digital discipline, digital citizenship, and video game addiction.