With regret and for reasons outside my control, I have had to cancel my planned webinar, Teens and Screens, which was due to happen on August 18th. (Everyone has been given a refund and an apology.) But I am going to more than make it up to you! First, I’m going to create a free three-part series of blogposts. A mini-course – and completely free for a limited time. Second, I will either reschedule the webinar for October or, more likely, record a talk and make it available to view via my shop.
HEALTHY SCREEN HABITS – the mini-course
You can access all this completely free at least until the end of September. After that I will probably remove it and add it as course material for the recording or webinar.
Who is it for?
Parents, carers, other relatives, teachers and any professionals working with young people or in education in any way; anyone else interested! Young people are also welcome to read everything though it will be pitched at adults.
Part 1 – Behind the screen
Don’t miss this, or you will not properly be empowered!
I will talk about:
- Different screens, different pros and cons
- Different users, different pros and cons
- Different uses, different pros and cons
- Be healthily suspicious of media headlines
- What we need to worry about – and what we don’t
- WHY screens are so compelling and what we mean when we say they’re addictive
Part 2 – Harnessing psychology
I will talk about:
- Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
- Teenage brain factors – the weak prefrontal cortex and the powerful social drive; risk-taking and peer pressure
- Why addiction psychology helps us here
- Thinking about the different ages and personalities of your family members
- Why this has to be a family commitment and your example counts
- What brain bandwidth and the failure of multi-tasking tell us about healthy screen use
Part 3 – Build positive habits for life
- Suggest strategies and show you how to work out which ones to try on your family and household
- Offer case studies
- Answer all the common questions I get
You will also receive a large bundle of handouts and resources to help you understand everything about building healthy screen habits for you and your family. This will be downloadable from the last post of the course.
You don’t have to do anything other than remember to come back and read what I have to say, but:
- If you subscribe to this blog or website, you won’t miss the posts. I don’t know when they’ll go out as my schedule is colossal but I hope the first one will be Friday Aug 13th.
- Do share this post on Twitter, Instagram or anywhere you like.
- You could consider buying a copy of The Teenage Guide to Life Online... But you don’t have to!
- And do look at my shop: there’s a webinar on Boosting Teenage Resilience and various recordings you might be interested in.
Once again, I am sorry I had to cancel the webinar. But I hope this will be the next best thing. Building habits for healthy screen time is really important – and not as hard as you might think. I have the best advice and it’s all free!