Kids and Technology http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com The Podcast Thu, 29 Jun 2017 19:48:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 If you have ever felt ill-equipped to support your teen in the age of technology this podcast is for you! Angela Mondor - The Geeky Girl clean Angela Mondor - The Geeky Girl angela@geekygirl.ca angela@geekygirl.ca (Angela Mondor - The Geeky Girl) © 2015 Angela Mondor - The Geeky Girl Parenting with Technology Kids and Technology http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/Parenting_with_Technology_3000X3000-597.png http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com amondor10@gmail.com If you have ever felt ill-equipped to support your teen in the age of technology this podcast is for you! TV-PG Weekly 69691209 Episode 32 – How to manage technology access based on educational vs recreational uses http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/2017/01/03/episode-32-how-to-manage-technology-access-based-on-educational-vs-recreational-uses/ Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:00:07 +0000 http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/?p=292 Stefanie Noland has 20 years experience of passionately advocating for and supporting individuals with differences and disabilities in community settings. Stefanie’s life passion of holistic health is based on her personal experiences as a child, young adult, provider, and mother.Read more...

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Stefanie Noland has 20 years experience of passionately advocating for and supporting individuals with differences and disabilities in community settings. Stefanie’s life passion of holistic health is based on her personal experiences as a child, young adult, provider, and mother. Stefanie is bringing her personal and professional challenges together to assist others in using scientifically proven holistic solutions to make their lives better.

Stephanie and her husband made the choice to homeschool their children this year so that they could focus on some of the things that their children were not getting from the public school system. As a parent sometimes our biggest challenge is to understand our kids well enough to make choices that will benefit them the most.

Both Stefanie and her husband are very firm in regards to the rules around technology. This is due to their study of behaviour analysis and their understanding of the games and the creators of the games. The games are designed to engage you based on your behaviour. The rules that they have implemented are that they must do some work, whether that is chores or school work, or something extra that isn’t normally on the chore list so that they put in some effort before they get screen time. When they do tasks to access the screen time it is timed. The children are aware of the time that they have earned before they get access to the technology.

They do use technology for educational uses, and they know that they can ask for educational screen time which is treated differently than game time. Her children have been taught the difference between what is educational and what is recreational when it comes to their technology access.

We talked about violence and sexual content in the media that is available to our children. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of conversations with kids about the situations that they are being exposed to. Stefanie does not like the violence that she has come across in some of the media that she has been exposed to, and even while in college her friends would warn her about movies that she would not want to see.

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Stefanie Noland has 20 years experience of passionately advocating for and supporting individuals with differences and disabilities in community settings. Stefanie’s life passion of holistic health is based on her personal experiences as a child, Stephanie and her husband made the choice to homeschool their children this year so that they could focus on some of the things that their children were not getting from the public school system. As a parent sometimes our biggest challenge is to understand our kids well enough to make choices that will benefit them the most.
Both Stefanie and her husband are very firm in regards to the rules around technology. This is due to their study of behaviour analysis and their understanding of the games and the creators of the games. The games are designed to engage you based on your behaviour. The rules that they have implemented are that they must do some work, whether that is chores or school work, or something extra that isn’t normally on the chore list so that they put in some effort before they get screen time. When they do tasks to access the screen time it is timed. The children are aware of the time that they have earned before they get access to the technology.
They do use technology for educational uses, and they know that they can ask for educational screen time which is treated differently than game time. Her children have been taught the difference between what is educational and what is recreational when it comes to their technology access.
We talked about violence and sexual content in the media that is available to our children. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of conversations with kids about the situations that they are being exposed to. Stefanie does not like the violence that she has come across in some of the media that she has been exposed to, and even while in college her friends would warn her about movies that she would not want to see.
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Episode 31 – When Kids Use Technology To Cope With Stress http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/2016/11/22/episode-31-when-kids-use-technology-to-cope-with-stress/ Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:55:57 +0000 http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/?p=281 Helena is a veteran podcaster with more than 8 years hosting equestrian shows on the Horse Radio Network. She recently started a city-based podcast with her husband, about Newport, Rhode Island. In addition to podcasting, Helena runs her own marketingRead more...

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Helena is a veteran podcaster with more than 8 years hosting equestrian shows on the Horse Radio Network. She recently started a city-based podcast with her husband, about Newport, Rhode Island. In addition to podcasting, Helena runs her own marketing firm, Sparkle and Boom, that offers creative services to small and mid-sized businesses. Having spent the first half of her career in corporate marketing for big software companies, Helena is no stranger to technology. And with a 13-year-old daughter, a newly blended family, and a horse farm to manage, keeping up with it all is both joyful and challenging. With a mix of practicality, compassionate parenting, and a few firm principles, managing it all in partnership with her new husband is worth the reward of a happy and healthy family.

Helena began to notice that her daughter was using technology as a means for coping with stress. When Helena began to notice that her daughter wasn’t handing in her homework she began to ask questions. Her first thought was that perhaps her daughter was stressed, being bullied, or was this a learning disability or are you too smart for the subject matter?

Helena knows that her daughter is able to articulate what is going on, and they have created a safe place for her to come to them with her problems, but once her daughter started to shut down that communication and hide it threw up some red flags and Helena started to panic.

Helena noticed that her daughter was scrolling “like a zombie” when she was on her phone. Her daughter only has Instagram, but she noticed that as her daughter was scrolling through the images, it numbs her from whatever it is that she is feeling stressed out about, and it feels good to her daughter.

Scrolling can be used as a form or meditation, and it can also reinforce the feelings that we are having. It can allow us to focus on the good or bad feelings that we are having.

Helena talks about the maturity level that you need to have if you are going to engage in whatever technology that you are using. You have to be able to say “What am I not doing because I am spending time scrolling?”

Even as adults we struggle with the idea that we have the control over our own social media, and the content that we allow ourselves to consume.

Helena decided that it was time to take away the phone, because of all the notifications from school about the missed homework. Once she took the phone away from her daughter she describes her daughter’s response as what you would experience with an alcoholic or a drug addict. The temper tantrums were horrific! Once they managed to make it passed the temper tantrums, Helena noticed something interesting. When her daughter was bored she started to sketch, write or read books. They tried to go back to the phone, but her daughter was still unable to manage this “addiction” and they needed to take the phone away again.

The struggle is how do you manage technology so that they can still do the things they need for their schooling, but it doesn’t take over their lives.

How do we give our kids the tools to handle their stress without checking out? One of the things that works in Helena’s house is self observation.. to own your part, and before you blame anybody or get angry take a look at what it is that you are doing that is attracting your circumstances.

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Helena is a veteran podcaster with more than 8 years hosting equestrian shows on the Horse Radio Network. She recently started a city-based podcast with her husband, about Newport, Rhode Island. In addition to podcasting, Helena began to notice that her daughter was using technology as a means for coping with stress. When Helena began to notice that her daughter wasn’t handing in her homework she began to ask questions. Her first thought was that perhaps her daughter was stressed, being bullied, or was this a learning disability or are you too smart for the subject matter?
Helena knows that her daughter is able to articulate what is going on, and they have created a safe place for her to come to them with her problems, but once her daughter started to shut down that communication and hide it threw up some red flags and Helena started to panic.
Helena noticed that her daughter was scrolling “like a zombie” when she was on her phone. Her daughter only has Instagram, but she noticed that as her daughter was scrolling through the images, it numbs her from whatever it is that she is feeling stressed out about, and it feels good to her daughter.
Scrolling can be used as a form or meditation, and it can also reinforce the feelings that we are having. It can allow us to focus on the good or bad feelings that we are having.
Helena talks about the maturity level that you need to have if you are going to engage in whatever technology that you are using. You have to be able to say “What am I not doing because I am spending time scrolling?”
Even as adults we struggle with the idea that we have the control over our own social media, and the content that we allow ourselves to consume.
Helena decided that it was time to take away the phone, because of all the notifications from school about the missed homework. Once she took the phone away from her daughter she describes her daughter’s response as what you would experience with an alcoholic or a drug addict. The temper tantrums were horrific! Once they managed to make it passed the temper tantrums, Helena noticed something interesting. When her daughter was bored she started to sketch, write or read books. They tried to go back to the phone, but her daughter was still unable to manage this “addiction” and they needed to take the phone away again.
The struggle is how do you manage technology so that they can still do the things they need for their schooling, but it doesn’t take over their lives.
How do we give our kids the tools to handle their stress without checking out? One of the things that works in Helena’s house is self observation.. to own your part, and before you blame anybody or get angry take a look at what it is that you are doing that is attracting your circumstances.

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Episode 30 – Connecting With Your Child Through Photography http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/2016/11/08/episode-30-connecting-with-your-child-through-photography/ Tue, 08 Nov 2016 16:00:20 +0000 http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/?p=272 Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick is a family photographer turned photography coach for parents and the founder of Photosanity (http://photosanity.com). Alethea helps parents find joy and connection through photographing their kids. Born and brought up in the UK, Alethea lives in BrooklynRead more...

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Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick is a family photographer turned photography coach for parents and the founder of Photosanity (http://photosanity.com). Alethea helps parents find joy and connection through photographing their kids. Born and brought up in the UK, Alethea lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her two sons, Liam, age 7, and Jack, age 4. She has taught workshops at the Apple Store, Brooklyn Baby Expo, Brooklyn Babybites (now Mommybites) and online through Photosanity and other platforms. She has been interviewed on 1010WINS and featured in The Daily Mail, Cool Mom Picks, Apartment Therapy, Ask Moxie and Mom365.

Wanting to capture the moments and having those memories are only one part of the experience for Alethea. She has found that photographing her children has helped her get the most out of her experience as a parent, and it helped her be more present with her kids,

Alethea has noticed that parents struggle with taking photos of their kids, and it is like they are stuck between capturing the moment and experiencing the moment with their kids. Alethea loves to flip that around for parents so that the camera can bring you more into the moment, which allows you to be more present.

With today’s technology, most of us are carrying around a phone in our pockets. You may have not intentionally purchased your mobile device as a camera, but it is just one of the many benefits of your mobile device offers you.

One great takeaway that Alethea left us with, is the idea that you are looking for the moments, rather than trying to create them.

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Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick is a family photographer turned photography coach for parents and the founder of Photosanity (http://photosanity.com). Alethea helps parents find joy and connection through photographing their kids. http://photosanity.com). Alethea helps parents find joy and connection through photographing their kids. Born and brought up in the UK, Alethea lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her two sons, Liam, age 7, and Jack, age 4. She has taught workshops at the Apple Store, Brooklyn Baby Expo, Brooklyn Babybites (now Mommybites) and online through Photosanity and other platforms. She has been interviewed on 1010WINS and featured in The Daily Mail, Cool Mom Picks, Apartment Therapy, Ask Moxie and Mom365.
Wanting to capture the moments and having those memories are only one part of the experience for Alethea. She has found that photographing her children has helped her get the most out of her experience as a parent, and it helped her be more present with her kids,
Alethea has noticed that parents struggle with taking photos of their kids, and it is like they are stuck between capturing the moment and experiencing the moment with their kids. Alethea loves to flip that around for parents so that the camera can bring you more into the moment, which allows you to be more present.
With today’s technology, most of us are carrying around a phone in our pockets. You may have not intentionally purchased your mobile device as a camera, but it is just one of the many benefits of your mobile device offers you.
One great takeaway that Alethea left us with, is the idea that you are looking for the moments, rather than trying to create them.
Link to social print studio
https://www.socialprintstudio.com/
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Episode 29 – Supportive Communities For Caregivers http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/2016/10/25/episode-29-supportive-communities-for-caregivers/ Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:12:49 +0000 http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/?p=266 All the love and support that we get when we have these cute little babies, seems to wither away as they get older. There isn’t a lot of help to transition from being a caregiver of a child to thatRead more...

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All the love and support that we get when we have these cute little babies, seems to wither away as they get older. There isn’t a lot of help to transition from being a caregiver of a child to that of a young adult. Nevermind, figuring out how to be a caregiver to an adult!

Today I talk about the importance of creating a supportive community where everyone can come to lift each other up. As a community, we need to come together to help each other influence our children, to supportively encourage each other!

Let’s stop blaming each other and start working together. Build each other up rather that tear each other apart.

These next phases will change our relationships with our kids in ways we have yet to understand, but together we can find new and exciting ways to not only get through it but to thrive in these new relationships as well.

I encourage you to find a place where you can be supported in your journey to influence and support your young people. Get the help you need, to get through these strange times ahead!

We are creating a community just like this, and I invite you to check us out. If you are looking for a place where you can let it all fly… ask for assistance and offer help to others, then this is the place for you! Let’s help and encourage each other to do our best, learn from one another and do better tomorrow!

Click on this link if you are interested in checking it out:
http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/understanding-teens-technology/

The time that we have with our children is precious and it is fleeting, as it is with every relationship. We are all here to teach them the lessons that they need to make it in this world. Together as a community we can join forces and help each other out!

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All the love and support that we get when we have these cute little babies, seems to wither away as they get older. There isn’t a lot of help to transition from being a caregiver of a child to thatRead more... Today I talk about the importance of creating a supportive community where everyone can come to lift each other up. As a community, we need to come together to help each other influence our children, to supportively encourage each other!
Let’s stop blaming each other and start working together. Build each other up rather that tear each other apart.
These next phases will change our relationships with our kids in ways we have yet to understand, but together we can find new and exciting ways to not only get through it but to thrive in these new relationships as well.
I encourage you to find a place where you can be supported in your journey to influence and support your young people. Get the help you need, to get through these strange times ahead!
We are creating a community just like this, and I invite you to check us out. If you are looking for a place where you can let it all fly… ask for assistance and offer help to others, then this is the place for you! Let’s help and encourage each other to do our best, learn from one another and do better tomorrow!
Click on this link if you are interested in checking it out:

http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/understanding-teens-technology/
The time that we have with our children is precious and it is fleeting, as it is with every relationship. We are all here to teach them the lessons that they need to make it in this world. Together as a community we can join forces and help each other out!
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Episode 28 – Monitoring Kids Access and Keeping Them Safe http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/2016/10/18/episode-28-monitoring-kids-access-and-keeping-them-safe/ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:34 +0000 http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/?p=260 Tamrah Barber is a happily married wife, mother of five extraordinary kids, a seasoned business professional, a passionate business owner, a transformational coach, teen interventionist, and empowering and motivational speaker! Business & Professional Coaching. With over 20 years in ITRead more...

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Tamrah Barber is a happily married wife, mother of five extraordinary kids, a seasoned business professional, a passionate business owner, a transformational coach, teen interventionist, and empowering and motivational speaker!

Business & Professional Coaching. With over 20 years in IT and business along with extensive leadership development and personal effectiveness training, Tamrah has coached business leaders across the industry. Her niche is business development, managing the pursuit process end-to-end, and preparing pursuit teams for client-facing orals presentations.

Community Service. Working her way up through the corporate ranks, from an administrative assistant to an IT professional while raising five beautiful children, did not stop her from giving back to youth in the community. In addition to her corporate services, Tamrah is on a mission to empower youth to be impactful leaders in the world. She is President of Extreme Teen Leaders, an organization she designed from the ground up that provides creative programs to youth in the community that include leadership & personal effectiveness, mentoring, sports, music & arts, and math & science.

Youth Program Development. She has developed programs and activities for youth for over 20 years, and her children are her greatest testimony to what God can do when you stay focused and never give up. Tamrah completed her bachelors’ degree at University of Maryland University College in 2006, and is a strong proponent on education. She is also a certified coach and member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

When asked how she does it all, she simply states…

“You would be surprised what the human spirit can accomplish once you have truly committed to a thing, and refuse to make excuses or settle for something other than what you committed to. If it is to be, it is up to me.”
Through discipline, integrity, responsibility, enrollment, commitment, and teamwork teens are empowered to accomplish the extraordinary and are held to a higher standard she knows they are capable of achieving.

Tamrah talked about how she was able to communicate with the kids on their level by understanding their lingo. There was also a time when her son was communicating with a young girl in a way that was not appropriate and decided the best way to deal with it was to have an intervention of sorts with her son and her daughters. This allowed him to hear how his sisters would feel about the comments he was making and to reevaluate the situation but from the thought of how he would feel if other boys were talking to his sisters in that way. This was a powerful lesson for the whole family.

 

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Tamrah Barber is a happily married wife, mother of five extraordinary kids, a seasoned business professional, a passionate business owner, a transformational coach, teen interventionist, and empowering and motivational speaker! Business & Professional Coaching. With over 20 years in IT and business along with extensive leadership development and personal effectiveness training, Tamrah has coached business leaders across the industry. Her niche is business development, managing the pursuit process end-to-end, and preparing pursuit teams for client-facing orals presentations.
Community Service. Working her way up through the corporate ranks, from an administrative assistant to an IT professional while raising five beautiful children, did not stop her from giving back to youth in the community. In addition to her corporate services, Tamrah is on a mission to empower youth to be impactful leaders in the world. She is President of Extreme Teen Leaders, an organization she designed from the ground up that provides creative programs to youth in the community that include leadership & personal effectiveness, mentoring, sports, music & arts, and math & science.
Youth Program Development. She has developed programs and activities for youth for over 20 years, and her children are her greatest testimony to what God can do when you stay focused and never give up. Tamrah completed her bachelors’ degree at University of Maryland University College in 2006, and is a strong proponent on education. She is also a certified coach and member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
When asked how she does it all, she simply states…
“You would be surprised what the human spirit can accomplish once you have truly committed to a thing, and refuse to make excuses or settle for something other than what you committed to. If it is to be, it is up to me.”

Through discipline, integrity, responsibility, enrollment, commitment, and teamwork teens are empowered to accomplish the extraordinary and are held to a higher standard she knows they are capable of achieving.
Tamrah talked about how she was able to communicate with the kids on their level by understanding their lingo. There was also a time when her son was communicating with a young girl in a way that was not appropriate and decided the best way to deal with it was to have an intervention of sorts with her son and her daughters. This allowed him to hear how his sisters would feel about the comments he was making and to reevaluate the situation but from the thought of how he would feel if other boys were talking to his sisters in that way. This was a powerful lesson for the whole family.
 
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Episode 27 – Complex Kids and Technology http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/2016/10/11/episode-27-complex-kids-and-technology/ Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:00:39 +0000 http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/?p=239 I would like to welcome Elaine Taylor-Klaus, PCC, CPCC. Elaine is a certified co-active coach, a public speaker, an author, an educator and the co-Founder of ImpactADHD®. An international presenter of workshops and seminars, she provides training, coaching, and support forRead more...

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I would like to welcome Elaine Taylor-Klaus, PCC, CPCC. Elaine is a certified co-active coach, a public speaker, an author, an educator and the co-Founder of ImpactADHD®. An international presenter of workshops and seminars, she provides training, coaching, and support for parents at all stages of managing “complex” kids. A graduate of Wesleyan University, CT and the CORO Fellows program in New York, Elaine began her lifelong advocacy for public health serving on the Governor’s Council for Maternal and Infant Health for the state of Georgia. She has served as a parent advisor to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Quality Improvement Initiative on ADHD and as an expert for Pfizer’s Making Moments public education campaign. A volunteer on the national Board of Directors of CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD), Elaine is committed to improving the lives of women and their families. The mother of 3 complex teens and young adults, she lives in Atlanta with her husband, David, their children and their 3 dogs.

Elaine speaks about her journey as a parent and how becoming a coach made such a difference in her family. We discuss how even one parent can change the whole direction of the family.

Elaine says that we are digital transplants, and our kids are digital natives. Our kids were born into this world, ready to speak the language.

Discussing the complex kids, Elaine says not only does technology offer different challenges for complex kids it also offers an incredible opportunity. The realm of technology actually becomes an equalizer for many children, where everyone is complex. They are all trying to navigate these new and interesting digital waters.

The challenges that Elaine is seeing is parents demonize the technology. Parents have a tendency to point fingers at the technology and blame it. “My kid can’t get off the screen”… Elaine says this is a change in our communication, and we have to understand what their world is so that we can approach it differently.

You don’t need to necessarily know everything abut technology to help your kids, but understanding why your kids are attracted to it, and using the skill that Elaine described as curiosity allows us to do that. Elaine tells us a great story about a mother and daughter and phones at the dinner table.

Technology can be used to keep your relationships going when your kids go off to college. Use Skype, facetime or any other way to stay in touch and keep your family dynamic going.

Respecting our kids and their worldview doesn’t mean that we don’t set limits. ~Elaine Taylor-Klaus

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I would like to welcome Elaine Taylor-Klaus, PCC, CPCC. Elaine is a certified co-active coach, a public speaker, an author, an educator and the co-Founder of ImpactADHD®. An international presenter of workshops and seminars, she provides training, Elaine speaks about her journey as a parent and how becoming a coach made such a difference in her family. We discuss how even one parent can change the whole direction of the family.
Elaine says that we are digital transplants, and our kids are digital natives. Our kids were born into this world, ready to speak the language.
Discussing the complex kids, Elaine says not only does technology offer different challenges for complex kids it also offers an incredible opportunity. The realm of technology actually becomes an equalizer for many children, where everyone is complex. They are all trying to navigate these new and interesting digital waters.
The challenges that Elaine is seeing is parents demonize the technology. Parents have a tendency to point fingers at the technology and blame it. “My kid can’t get off the screen”… Elaine says this is a change in our communication, and we have to understand what their world is so that we can approach it differently.
You don’t need to necessarily know everything abut technology to help your kids, but understanding why your kids are attracted to it, and using the skill that Elaine described as curiosity allows us to do that. Elaine tells us a great story about a mother and daughter and phones at the dinner table.
Technology can be used to keep your relationships going when your kids go off to college. Use Skype, facetime or any other way to stay in touch and keep your family dynamic going.
Respecting our kids and their worldview doesn’t mean that we don’t set limits. ~Elaine Taylor-Klaus
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Episode 26 – Introverted Kids Of An Extroverted Mom http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/2016/10/04/episode-26-introverted-kids-of-an-extroverted-mom/ Tue, 04 Oct 2016 15:00:46 +0000 http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/?p=237 Welcome to the show! I would like to introduce you to Heather Witherden, she is a Winnipeg comedian and burlesque MC, she is known for her witty banter online and onstage. Heather is much more involved in her social mediaRead more...

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Welcome to the show! I would like to introduce you to Heather Witherden, she is a Winnipeg comedian and burlesque MC, she is known for her witty banter online and onstage.

Heather is much more involved in her social media channels than her boys are, and wonders if it is down to them being boys. The discovery is that it isn’t that they are less social or that it isn’t important to them, but they are just social in different ways than their mom. They are more likely to be social in their online games with other players than they are to be posting on Facebook.

Messaging apps such as Whisper and Vent, you don’t know who you are speaking to. It is important to think about what we post and how we speak to the “invisible” people of the internet because there are actual people behind those accounts with real feelings.

Heather also mentioned that she is noticing that teachers are expecting her kids to have phones, laptops and mobile devices to be able to do their homework and classwork. Her youngest boys were not really interested in having a phone but found they needed it for school.

Heather doesn’t like to micromanage her kids, however, she looks for signs that something is up so that she can begin the process of chatting with them about what is bothering them. When her boys are not doing very well or they are withdrawing and not wanting to discuss it she “forces” them to spend more time with her. Nothing works as good as going for a long drive. They are more able to relax, open up and share what is going on.

Her boys have been very inventive when they were wanting to purchase a new game. They found out that they were able to use their in-game skills to built programs that other people were willing to pay for. This allowed them to participate in the online economy system.

“We are not here to monitor our kids forever… we are here to teach them how to learn for themselves” ~Heather Witherden

More About My Guest

For more information about Heather Witherden please visit her online:

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Find her on Twitter @defiantheather where she is promoting the Winnipeg International Burlesque Festival happening October 20-22 , 2016!


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Welcome to the show! I would like to introduce you to Heather Witherden, she is a Winnipeg comedian and burlesque MC, she is known for her witty banter online and onstage. Heather is much more involved in her social mediaRead more... Heather is much more involved in her social media channels than her boys are, and wonders if it is down to them being boys. The discovery is that it isn’t that they are less social or that it isn’t important to them, but they are just social in different ways than their mom. They are more likely to be social in their online games with other players than they are to be posting on Facebook.
Messaging apps such as Whisper and Vent, you don’t know who you are speaking to. It is important to think about what we post and how we speak to the “invisible” people of the internet because there are actual people behind those accounts with real feelings.
Heather also mentioned that she is noticing that teachers are expecting her kids to have phones, laptops and mobile devices to be able to do their homework and classwork. Her youngest boys were not really interested in having a phone but found they needed it for school.
Heather doesn’t like to micromanage her kids, however, she looks for signs that something is up so that she can begin the process of chatting with them about what is bothering them. When her boys are not doing very well or they are withdrawing and not wanting to discuss it she “forces” them to spend more time with her. Nothing works as good as going for a long drive. They are more able to relax, open up and share what is going on.
Her boys have been very inventive when they were wanting to purchase a new game. They found out that they were able to use their in-game skills to built programs that other people were willing to pay for. This allowed them to participate in the online economy system.
“We are not here to monitor our kids forever… we are here to teach them how to learn for themselves” ~Heather Witherden
More About My Guest
For more information about Heather Witherden please visit her online:
Twitter
Find her on Twitter @defiantheather where she is promoting the Winnipeg International Burlesque Festival happening October 20-22 , 2016!

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Episode 25 – Technology in Preschool http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/2016/09/27/episode-25-technology-in-preschool/ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:00:05 +0000 http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/?p=223 I would like to introduce you to Win Charles. She was born with Cerebral Palsy, and Win and defied the odds by becoming an author. Her memoir I, Win is an amazing story of how she remembers her life through theRead more...

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I would like to introduce you to Win Charles. She was born with Cerebral Palsy, and Win and defied the odds by becoming an author. Her memoir I, Win is an amazing story of how she remembers her life through the years of having a condition called “CP”. As a competitor in the Kona IronMan Triathlon, motivational speaker.Today Win is a blogger for Huffington Post, she tours the country speaking to schools and institutions to raise awareness about Cerebral Palsy and living a full life no matter what holds you back! Win is truly an inspiration to many!

Win has been teaching preschool drama for the past 12 years. Win says that the best part of working with the kids is that they are so perceptive and they ask non-judgemental questions.

Even though Win works with very young children she is still seeing technology in her classroom. When she discusses this with others, they ask her if she takes it away from them during class. She responds by saying that yes in the classroom there is no technology allowed, however when they go home, the children are given the technology at home by their parents to keep them busy.

Over the last 12 years, Win has seen a lot of changes with the children. Technology has made a huge difference with them. She feels that the children are becoming less and less able to sit still, and believes that it is the over usage of technology that causes it. She says they don’t know how to interact without the technology.

Kids are born innately born able to use this technology. Many of our young children as young as 1 are able to pick up a mobile device and navigate to what they want to see. When Win and I were kids there was only so much time that we spent watching TV, unlike today’s children who can now watch TV programs that are created just for them.

Win talks about how she has had to adjust the way she teaches the class over the years. Introducing more movement into the classroom. She breaks up the lessons into smaller pieces.

Win suspects that the use of mobile devices is causing vision problems with their eyesight. I did find an article called Children And Computer Vision Syndrome that supports her thoughts on this matter.

More About My Guest

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Website | Facebook | Twitter

Win Charles is also the host of the podcast:
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I would like to introduce you to Win Charles. She was born with Cerebral Palsy, and Win and defied the odds by becoming an author. Her memoir I, Win is an amazing story of how she remembers her life through theRead more... Win has been teaching preschool drama for the past 12 years. Win says that the best part of working with the kids is that they are so perceptive and they ask non-judgemental questions.
Even though Win works with very young children she is still seeing technology in her classroom. When she discusses this with others, they ask her if she takes it away from them during class. She responds by saying that yes in the classroom there is no technology allowed, however when they go home, the children are given the technology at home by their parents to keep them busy.
Over the last 12 years, Win has seen a lot of changes with the children. Technology has made a huge difference with them. She feels that the children are becoming less and less able to sit still, and believes that it is the over usage of technology that causes it. She says they don’t know how to interact without the technology.
Kids are born innately born able to use this technology. Many of our young children as young as 1 are able to pick up a mobile device and navigate to what they want to see. When Win and I were kids there was only so much time that we spent watching TV, unlike today’s children who can now watch TV programs that are created just for them.
Win talks about how she has had to adjust the way she teaches the class over the years. Introducing more movement into the classroom. She breaks up the lessons into smaller pieces.
Win suspects that the use of mobile devices is causing vision problems with their eyesight. I did find an article called Children And Computer Vision Syndrome that supports her thoughts on this matter.
More About My Guest
For more information about Win Charles please visit her online:
Website | Facebook | Twitter
Win Charles is also the host of the podcast:

Butterflies of Wisdom
 
 

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Upstander, Bystander, Bullying What Does It All Mean? http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/2016/09/22/upstander-bystander-bullying/ http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/2016/09/22/upstander-bystander-bullying/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:00:36 +0000 http://www.geekygirl.ca/?p=3878 How to encourage others to prevent cyberbullying?Read more...

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What does all this mean?

You may have heard of these terms, perhaps bullying is the one that you know best. The word bully has been around for a long time, and we usually associate that word with a person who is causing harm to another person by intimidation and sometimes physical force. I have strong memories of what it was like to be on the receiving end of a bully’s intimidation. I was afraid to go to school, walk home from school and sometimes even afraid of the phone ringing at home. I didn’t feel safe and I didn’t think anyone could help me!

A bystander is someone who literally stands by and watches or ignores the bully torment their victim. This person is enforcing the bully’s power and control over the victim. When I was being bullied there wasn’t a word for the other kids who stood by and watched as I was getting kicked in the hallways, or when I was getting shoved into lockers. Sometimes they even followed the bully in groups to watch as the bully pushed, shoved and punched me on my way home. A bystander is actually helping the bully to intimidate their victim and to make the victim see that they are in fact alone and there is no help for them.

An upstander is someone who is there for the victim. This is the most important skill that we can teach to our children and to the people around us. I had friends, who were there when a bully would approach, but they didn’t know how to help. One day I was walking with two of my friends and a bully came up behind me. She was upset about a comment that I had made during phys-ed class. She approached from behind and grabbed the back of my shirt. She asked me why I said what I did, and of course I hardly remembered the comment and stuttered some kind of answer. She proceeded to punch me in the back of the neck and she had rings on every finger. I remember the pain as it shot through my neck into my head and back. My friends were stunned and  didn’t really know how to help. I remember one of my friends told her to stop. I somehow managed to wriggle free and ran across the street. I was so glad I wasn’t alone that day, who knows what would have happened.

Making a choice

In every situation we have choices. It is up to us to decide what we are going to do in that moment. Do we stand by and watch as someone torments another person? Do we forward that picture that made us laugh even though we know it is probably embarrassing to the person in the photo? Do we stand up for the person who is the victim of the “joke”? Do we contact the victim and let them know what is being said and done behind their back?

In our digital age the lines between bully and bystander have become very blurred. It is too easy to forward or repost what we find without thinking how the subject of the post will feel.

What difference does it make?

You can make a huge difference in someone’s life if you chose to be an upstander. Very few people help support or surround the victim and even if one person is there to help them and show them they are not alone… you can save a life. There were many nights where I laid in my bed and felt so alone, like I didn’t matter or that no one was on my side. There were several times where I contemplated suicide, and planned out how I was going to end my life. I had a couple people to lean on who kept me alive. You could be that person for someone.

How can I be an upstander in this digital world?

There are many ways to be an upstander. It can be as easy as:

  • Not forwarding or reposting something that you know will hurt someone.
  • Report a post to the social media platform.
  • Contact the subject of the post and let them know what is going on.
  • Friend the victim and make sure they know they have someone in their corner
  • Let others know that by forwarding (participating) they are just as bad as the bully

How to encourage others to prevent cyberbullying?

Bullies lose their power when they don’t have bystanders to help them intimidate. When you begin to be an upstander you can see how it takes the wind out the bullies sails. Share this information with the other people in your life and let them know how they can help. Share the points that I outlined above, to give them ways to become an upstander with you.

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Episode 24 – Technology and House Rules http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/2016/09/20/episode-24-technology-and-house-rules/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:10:09 +0000 http://www.hangoutwithgeekygirl.com/?p=212 Hi and welcome to another great episode! Today my guest is Dr. Thais! Dr. Thais Speaks is a Life Strategist and the Common Sensai. Dr. Thais has a podcast show called, “The Common Sense Say” where she talks about motivating yourselfRead more...

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Hi and welcome to another great episode! Today my guest is Dr. Thais! Dr. Thais Speaks is a Life Strategist and the Common Sensai. Dr. Thais has a podcast show called, “The Common Sense Say” where she talks about motivating yourself to be better, she educates on how to live better, inspires people to live freely and wraps most of her information in a humorous delivery. When your daily life causes cloudy static and confusion, The Common Sense Say Show with Dr. Thais’s helps you to move the clouds of confusion and get the answers you need to live a better life.

In today’s episode we are talking about kids and the rules around the technology. Dr. Thais shares with us some of the things that work best for her and her family. Her daughter is in her first year of high school, and her son is right behind her in middle school. We talk about the differences between her two children and how to make rules around technology based on each child’s maturity level and need rather than having a blanket rule that is applied to both kids.

Dr. Thais talks about finding out what your child’s “cheese” is. What is the thing that your child is willing to work for in order to get the things they want. For example with Dr Thais’ son. He loves to play video games, and he is very intelligent. He needs external motivation in order to keep up his grades, so in order for him to have those privileges he needs to have A’s on his report card. In Dr. Thais’ home both children take part in a weekly check-in with their grades. They are rewarded for their good grades both monetarily as well as given assess to their “cheese”.

This is just one way to help kids to understand the exchange of needs. What does mom and dad need from you in order for you to get what you want. You can use these ideas to build or tweek your own house rules!

 

For more information about Dr. Thais please visit her online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

Dr. Thais is also the host of the podcast:
The Common Sense Say Show

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Hi and welcome to another great episode! Today my guest is Dr. Thais! Dr. Thais Speaks is a Life Strategist and the Common Sensai. Dr. Thais has a podcast show called, “The Common Sense Say” where she talks about motivating yourselfRead more... In today’s episode we are talking about kids and the rules around the technology. Dr. Thais shares with us some of the things that work best for her and her family. Her daughter is in her first year of high school, and her son is right behind her in middle school. We talk about the differences between her two children and how to make rules around technology based on each child’s maturity level and need rather than having a blanket rule that is applied to both kids.
Dr. Thais talks about finding out what your child’s “cheese” is. What is the thing that your child is willing to work for in order to get the things they want. For example with Dr Thais’ son. He loves to play video games, and he is very intelligent. He needs external motivation in order to keep up his grades, so in order for him to have those privileges he needs to have A’s on his report card. In Dr. Thais’ home both children take part in a weekly check-in with their grades. They are rewarded for their good grades both monetarily as well as given assess to their “cheese”.
This is just one way to help kids to understand the exchange of needs. What does mom and dad need from you in order for you to get what you want. You can use these ideas to build or tweek your own house rules!
 
For more information about Dr. Thais please visit her online:
Website | Facebook | Twitter
 
Dr. Thais is also the host of the podcast:

The Common Sense Say Show

 
 
 
 


 
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