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.

For more reading, check out:

 

Create Positive Emotional Memories This Holiday Season

The holidays are a season for family time, giving, and…stress! Dr. Dave and Erin talk about the importance of paring down your obligations and creating positive emotional memories for your kids around the holidays. It is not always easy at the time, but these memories are what your kids bring into adulthood.

Learn more ideas for creating positive emotional memories through holiday traditions and togetherness.

Feeling the holiday stress? You might also be interested in this post on Taming the Gimmes.

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.