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Media Savvy Moms is a podcast by ParentsAware, an organization dedicated to helping parents talk to kids and teens about pornography and healthy sexuality. Who knew honest conversations about parenting and pornography could be so laid-back and fun? Join in for a series of chats and interviews to help parents tackle this challenging topic with their kids. These two ladies take a light-hearted, down-to-earth approach you will love. With more than a decade of experience between the two of them in the Movement to End Sexual Exploitation, Marilyn Evans (founder of Parents Aware) and Melody Bergman (blogger at Mama Crossroads) have an abundance of resources to share, and a thriving network of guest experts to bring on the show! Topics include prevention, exposure, addiction, healing, communication strategies, technology & filters, and more. Parent questions are welcome and encouraged. For complete show notes, visit parentsaware.info.

Media Savvy Moms is a podcast by ParentsAware, an organization dedicated to helping parents talk to kids and teens about pornography and healthy sexuality. Who knew honest conversations about parenting and pornography could be so laid-back and fun? Join in for a series of chats and interviews to help parents tackle this challenging topic with their kids. These two ladies take a light-hearted, down-to-earth approach you will love. With more than a decade of experience between the two of them in the Movement to End Sexual Exploitation, Marilyn Evans (founder of Parents Aware) and Melody Bergman (blogger at Mama Crossroads) have an abundance of resources to share, and a thriving network of guest experts to bring on the show! Topics include prevention, exposure, addiction, healing, communication strategies, technology & filters, and more. Parent questions are welcome and encouraged. For complete show notes, visit parentsaware.info.

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United States

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Media Savvy Moms is a podcast by ParentsAware, an organization dedicated to helping parents talk to kids and teens about pornography and healthy sexuality. Who knew honest conversations about parenting and pornography could be so laid-back and fun? Join in for a series of chats and interviews to help parents tackle this challenging topic with their kids. These two ladies take a light-hearted, down-to-earth approach you will love. With more than a decade of experience between the two of them in the Movement to End Sexual Exploitation, Marilyn Evans (founder of Parents Aware) and Melody Bergman (blogger at Mama Crossroads) have an abundance of resources to share, and a thriving network of guest experts to bring on the show! Topics include prevention, exposure, addiction, healing, communication strategies, technology & filters, and more. Parent questions are welcome and encouraged. For complete show notes, visit parentsaware.info.

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English


Episodes

Parenting Slump? Family POWER Meeting to the Rescue—Part One

3/3/2021
Do you ever find yourself caught in a parenting slump? You know, when it feels like the weight of the world rests on your shoulders; but your last ounce of creativity just flew out the window. How do you get unstuck? Try harnessing the energy of the Family POWER Meeting. If you’re a longtime listener of the podcast then you’ve heard me use the term Family POWER Meeting before. I think it's one of the most effective tools a family can use to foster better, more open communication. (And you...

Duration:00:21:24

Addicted? Not Addicted? How a Teen Brain Responds to Porn with Mary Sharpe, Reward Foundation

2/24/2021
Addicted. Not addicted. How would you describe someone that can’t stop looking at porn? What if that someone is just a kid? Does that change your perspective? If addiction is not the right word, what do we call it? How should a parent respond when their teen feels trapped? Does it help to know how a teen’s brain responds to porn? These are the questions I was eager to ask Mary Sharpe. She, with her husband Dr. Darryl Mead, founded the Reward Foundation in 2014. They aim to make the science...

Duration:00:34:11

The Importance of Self-Care When a Child is in Crisis

2/17/2021
Who has time for self-care when their child is struggling? As moms, we tend to put everyone else first, neglecting our own well-being. We take on guilt and lose our individuality. We assume we’ll have time to take care of ourselves after the crisis has passed. But while we’re frantically patching up the problems on the outside, our insides are deteriorating. In this episode, Barb Winters of hopefulmom.net joins Marilyn to talk about the importance of self-care, especially when our child...

Duration:00:30:48

Racism in Pornography: Its Impact on Black Women and Girls with Dr. Carolyn West

2/10/2021
More than a half-century beyond the civil rights movement and America is still fighting to end racism. How does this connect to the conversation of pornography? Think about it. Porn thrives on exploitation. Racism included. But it’s something most people don’t consider. Why is that? What are the consequences of leaving racism in pornography unchecked? Dr. Carolyn West is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington, Tacoma. In that capacity, she’s been investigating domestic...

Duration:00:29:41

Finding the Courage and Strength to Talk to Your Kids About Pornography

2/3/2021
Does the idea of talking to your child or teen about pornography make you nervous? Why do you think that is? Perhaps, simply, it’s a conversation muscle that hasn’t been used. I’ve been thinking about strength lately. And all the courageous things we do as parents that take us out of our comfort zone. What do you do when you don’t feel strong? How can you find the necessary courage and strength to talk to your kids about pornography? One of my friends posted about an impressive (read:...

Duration:00:14:47

How to Safely Address Pornography in the Classroom

1/27/2021
When has sex-education not been a polarizing topic? One side against the other. Home against the state. But while concerned adults are still duking it out, internet pornography has swooped in and taken over. Not cool! Porn instructs children and teens through the lens of exploitation. So how do we set our differences aside and find a way to safely address pornography in the classroom? Liz Walker, Managing Director of the Youth Wellbeing Project, says the key to better education is to get...

Duration:00:32:40

Dear Savvy: When Should I Seek Therapy for My Child?

1/20/2021
Your child’s been caught looking at pornography again and again. How do you respond? Is it panic first? Quickly followed by a determination to “fix” the problem? Maybe you want to spring into action. Finding therapy for your child crosses your mind. Why? Because dealing with pornography is new to your parenting repertoire. But is therapy right for your child? Media Savvy Moms is a podcast by ParentsAware, an organization dedicated to helping parents talk to kids and teens about pornography...

Duration:00:10:56

Teen Inspires Families To Tackle The Porn Talk

1/13/2021
Imagine being a kid, all alone, and carrying the weight of a dark secret. For many teens, that’s how they describe using porn. What begins as curiosity quickly becomes a compulsion. Breaking free feels nearly impossible. Now, imagine being that same kid and finding out you have a whole team supporting you: parents and friends that love you enough to tackle the porn talk. And help you find true freedom from pornography! I had the privilege this week of meeting and talking with Smith Alley....

Duration:00:24:22

Confessions & Clarity: Stepping into 2021 with Confidence

1/7/2021
Welcome, 2021! And welcome, third season of the Media Savvy Moms podcast. I’m excited to see where this year will take us. I'm an optimist at heart and I can’t help but think, no matter what life throws at us this year, we got this! I know you’ve probably gone through tough times. And you’ve got big worries. I have them too. But I believe that together we can look forward with excitement, joy, and confidence to the year ahead. Imagine us sitting down together with a cup of tea. Or better...

Duration:00:15:57

Storytelling, Shared Memories, & the Gift of Connection

12/23/2020
Want to connect more with your kids over the holidays? Consider the benefit of storytelling and shared memories. It’s a strange and wonderful gift. One that I discovered almost by accident. A few years back my parents decided they wanted a different kind of Christmas gift. Instead of a wrapped present, they asked me (and each of my siblings) to write a story—or more precisely a memory. It could be from our childhood or otherwise. The only rule was that it had to be ready to share with the...

Duration:00:16:11

Pornhub Under Fire: Take Action Against Child Exploitation

12/16/2020
One by one, young survivors have come forward. They’ve told harrowing stories about videos posted on Pornhub that portray their victimization and even their rape. Discover how you can take action against Pornhub today and help put an end to child exploitation online. There are lots of ways to spread awareness: tweets, posts, blogs, podcasts, newspapers, demonstrations, etc. But if we want to see real change in our community we have to engage the policy-makers. That means getting involved...

Duration:00:18:30

Is My Child Addicted to Video Games?

12/9/2020
How do you feel about kids and video games? If you’re like many parents, you’re conflicted. You want your children and teens to have fun and enjoy the very best that tech entertainment has to offer. But you're also concerned about hidden risks. Are the chat features in today’s games safe? What about exposure to extreme violence and pornographic content? How likely is it for a child to become addicted to video games? We’re parents, we get it. We’ve asked all these questions (and more!)....

Duration:00:34:20

Dear Savvy: What if my child is gaming all night?

12/2/2020
2020 has brought numerous changes to our households. During the lockdown, our normal typically structured daily routine loosened, and many of us (parents and kids alike) became more involved with gaming. Even though our daily schedule has changed again, many kids are staying up later and even gaming all night. You may be wondering what to do, especially as the Holidays approach. This episode is part of our #DearSavvy series. Sometimes you just want a quick answer to a burning question....

Duration:00:10:21

New Resource to Help Kids Stand Up to Sexting with authors Christy Monson and Heather Boynton

11/25/2020
On your list of tricky topics to bring up with your kids, how high is sexting? Top 3? Top 10? Is it even there? If it's not, keep reading, and it’ll soon be number one. The combination of digital cameras, instant messaging, and the adolescent brain puts our kids at huge risk. The bullying begins. An intimate photo is blasted. The police are called in. Kids today need to know they have better options. They need to know that they can stand up to sexting. Fortunately, there’s a phenomenal...

Duration:00:34:24

Tech-Free or Tech-Friendly? Finding the Perfect Gift for Kids

11/18/2020
How do we choose the perfect gift for kids today? And what does that even mean? Do we simply get them whatever they ask for? We could go with the latest tech device, right? But then that means coming up with digital safety solutions. Maybe it’s better to choose a more thoughtful and creative gift? It’s possible that there are just too many choices! Well friends, 2020 has caused us enough stress! Budgets may be tight. And is it safe to say that we're all sick of screens? Let’s take a fresh...

Duration:00:22:45

How “Adventuring Together” Builds Meaningful Connection

11/11/2020
We talk about how connecting with our kids can help protect them against addiction and the harms of pornography. But how exactly do we build those healthy connections? Ever considered the benefits of adventuring with your kids? They go well beyond exercise and a healthy dose of fresh air. Adventuring together builds connections in unimaginable ways. Plus it's fun! We have a return guest this week, Greta Eskridge—supermom, home educator, social media influencer, and most recently ......

Duration:00:36:04

Dear Savvy: How do I start the conversation about porn with my kids?

11/4/2020
Pornography is easily accessible and is permeating our lives. And while we, as parents, are becoming more aware of its effects and recognize the need to talk with our children about pornography, many wonder when, where, and how to start the conversation. It’s a scary task, oftentimes more so for parents than for the kids! So, where do we start? This episode is part of our #DearSavvy series. Sometimes you just want a quick answer to a burning question. These shorter episodes are designed to...

Duration:00:09:38

How to Teach Kids Body Safety from an Early Age with Holly-ann Martin, Safe4Kids

10/28/2020
Child sexual abuse. It’s a serious topic with no easy answers. It can hurt just thinking about it—no matter whose child it affects. So what are we to do? Do we close our eyes, try to think of happier thoughts, and wish for it to all go away? No! We do what we can do. We control what we can control. We teach children about body safety. We give them the best protective information we can. No one knows how to do this better than Holly-ann Martin. She, with the help of her husband Roger,...

Duration:00:41:24

3 Ways to Help Kids Safely Enjoy Anime

10/21/2020
Do you have a child who is obsessed with anime? Are you freaking out? Or maybe you just want to know what all the hype is about. What is anime? Is it dangerous? If so, how can I protect my kids? Is there any way to safely enjoy anime? Anime. Suddenly it’s everywhere. All the kids are talking about it. All the parents are scratching their heads about it. And many families have sent us horror stories because they didn’t know what they were getting into, and their kids have been traumatized in...

Duration:00:33:11

Dear Savvy: How do I talk about masturbation with my kids?

10/14/2020
Kids will explore their bodies. It’s natural. Should we talk about masturbation with them? If so, when? Most parents just don’t know how to begin. But ignoring the topic won’t help our children. As parents, it’s our job to help our kids make sense of even the trickiest topics, including masturbation and the danger of pairing it with pornography. This episode is part of our #DearSavvy series. Sometimes you just want a quick answer to a burning question. These shorter episodes are designed to...

Duration:00:07:44