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Melanie Hempe, BSN, received her bachelors of Nursing from Emory University. Her mission is to create educational programs for kids and parents so no one will experience the pain of screen addiction. Her ability to simplify medical science and provide practical solutions for families has allowed her to share her passion and bold screen solutions nationally. ScreenStrong has won the hearts of many families who are preventing and reversing childhood screen conflicts and addiction and are thrilled to experience a newfound freedom in their lives. Melanie hosts the popular weekly ScreenStrong Families Podcast. She has been featured in Psychology Today, Thrive-Global, The Wall Street Journal, A&E Network, CBS, CNN, NPR, Screened Out (documentary film), and various news and television outlets.

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United States

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Melanie Hempe, BSN, received her bachelors of Nursing from Emory University. Her mission is to create educational programs for kids and parents so no one will experience the pain of screen addiction. Her ability to simplify medical science and provide practical solutions for families has allowed her to share her passion and bold screen solutions nationally. ScreenStrong has won the hearts of many families who are preventing and reversing childhood screen conflicts and addiction and are thrilled to experience a newfound freedom in their lives. Melanie hosts the popular weekly ScreenStrong Families Podcast. She has been featured in Psychology Today, Thrive-Global, The Wall Street Journal, A&E Network, CBS, CNN, NPR, Screened Out (documentary film), and various news and television outlets.

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English

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Episodes

Tips for Detoxing Your Older Teen (#184)

2/21/2024
Join hosts Melanie Hempe and Mandee Hamann in an enlightening discussion as they share invaluable insights and practical tips for guiding older teens through a screen detox. In today's digital age, excessive screen time can significantly impact teenagers' mental and emotional well-being, affecting their relationships, productivity, and overall health. Drawing from their expertise in parenting and their work with ScreenStrong, Melanie and Mandee provide actionable strategies to help parents support their teens in reclaiming a healthy balance with technology. Whether you're grappling with concerns about excessive device usage or seeking guidance on fostering healthier screen habits, this podcast offers a wealth of wisdom and encouragement. Tune in to empower yourself with the tools needed to navigate the screen detox journey and cultivate a thriving, screen-balanced lifestyle for your family. Support the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:00:51:16

Building Blocks: Setting Kids Up for Early Social Success with Marianne Carpenter (#183)

2/14/2024
Join Melanie and Marianne Carpenter, mom of four and ScreenStrong Ambassador, as they explore how screens affect children's social development and offer tips for enhancing their social maturity. Discover the key aspects of genuine social interaction, including eye contact and conflict resolution. Learn how parental guidance can mitigate the stress of online presence and prepare children for the challenges of puberty. Tune in to empower your child with essential social skills in today's interconnected world. Support the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:00:56:32

The Relationship Between ADHD & Addictive Screen Time with Dr. Victoria Dunckley (#182)

2/7/2024
In this episode, host Melanie teams up with Dr. Victoria Dunckley, MD, to tackle the pressing questions parents have about ADHD and its relationship with addictive screens. Together, they answer YOUR questions and discuss how excessive screen time can exacerbate ADHD symptoms, shedding light on the intricate connections between digital overstimulation and attention challenges. However, it's not all bleak! Learn about the transformative power of a screen detox in resetting your child's brain, paving the way for improved outcomes and healthier tech habits. Join the conversation to discover practical solutions for navigating the complex terrain where ADHD intersects with our digital world. Support the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:01:07:08

Psychiatrist’s Screen Tips to Start Fresh for the New Year with Dr. Adriana Stacey (#181)

1/31/2024
Yes, January is almost over, but it's never too late to reset your screen rules at home and with friends! Melanie and Dr. Stacey dive into some practical tips on how to set screen rules in your home with other kids/kids' friends, how to manage teens begging for smartphones and video games, and the crucial elements that make up a healthy family. Whether you're already confident in your current screen rules or seeking guidance for a much-needed reset, this episode is a treasure trove of practical advice and overarching encouragement. Start 2024 on the right foot with the tools and insights that Melanie and Dr. Stacey share as they delve into the intricacies of fostering a healthy family dynamic through mindful screen usage and eliminating toxic screens. Support the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:00:51:02

From Chaos to Strength: Navigating ScreenStrong Parenting with Christina Rahm (#180)

1/24/2024
Screen confidence becomes even more enriching when we take the time to listen to the experiences of parents who have successfully navigated the challenges ahead. Today, we are privileged to have Christina Rahm, a mother of three, graciously share her family’s transformative journey from screen chaos to a state of screen strength. Christina candidly offers a glimpse into the chaotic moments when things spiraled out of control in her family—from mealtime meltdowns to moments of disrespect that may resonate with many of us. She doesn’t shy away from portraying the raw truth of their situation. Christina provides valuable insights into how they managed to break free from the grip of excessive screen time. She delves into the specifics of their detox process, shedding light on their strategies to regain control. As you listen, you’ll gain a vivid picture of what their home looks like post-detox—a testament to the positive changes that can be achieved. What sets Christina’s story apart is her transparency about their direction and the determination it took to alter that course. By the end of her narrative, you’ll be informed and infused with a sense of hope and confidence. This newfound perspective will undoubtedly inspire you as you prepare to embrace a ScreenStrong Lifestyle in the weeks ahead. Support the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:01:01:07

LIVE Teen Q&A on Growing Up Without Addictive Screens (#179)

1/17/2024
This Q&A session comes from ScreenStrong's full-day Kids' Brains & Screens workshop in October, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina. During this session, parents were invited to ask Andrew Hempe questions about what it was like growing up without access to toxic screens and how he navigated his school-age years with that in mind. Andrew's answers are honest, compelling, and encouraging for parents who worry about denying their kids access to video games, smartphones, and social media during middle and high school Support the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:00:41:11

A Psychologist’s Perspective on Screen Addiction with Tom Heidrich (#178)

1/10/2024
Today, Mandee interviews Tom Heidrich, a ScreenStrong Ambassador from Brisbane, Australia. Tom recently completed a Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology and is registered as a fully licensed psychologist in Australia. His specialized areas encompass anxiety and depression, parenting and attachment, relationships, sexuality, and identity, as well as resilience and self-esteem. Mandee and Tom delve into the pressing issue of screen addiction among children, shedding light on how societal norms and culture are yet to catch up with the profound impact screens have on the younger generation. Drawing from his firsthand experiences and intimate understanding of the field, Tom imparts invaluable insights and encouragement for parents seeking to navigate their individual screen journeys. Support the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:00:34:30

Yearly Wrap-Up: 2023 Highlights (#177)

1/3/2024
Thank you all for listening and engaging with the podcast this year. Here are just a few highlights from our 2023 episodes, and we look forward to continuing to see you in 2024! Happy New Year! Episodes Featured (in order of appearance): Tips for Moms: Part One (#145)We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Adults with Dr. Leonard Sax (#142)The Power of Independent Play with Dr. Adriana Stacey (#143)Carson's Story: Cyberbullying and Teen Suicide with Kristin Bride (#162)48 Benefits Living 48 Months ScreenStrong with Evan & Andrew Hempe (#169)Pornography Is Chasing Our Kids with Nadya Seboldt (#148)Raising Healthy Teenagers: Equipping Your Child to Navigate the Pitfalls and Dangers of Teen Life with Tom Kersting (#155)Prevent Screen Problems With Neuroscience with Sarah Hendrix, RN, MSN (#149)Support the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:00:27:47

Twisted Truth: When Innocent Holiday Screen Time Becomes a Trap with Dr. Adriana Stacey (#176)

12/20/2023
"Isn’t it okay to let our guard down during the holidays? After all, everyone needs a little break—we don’t need to be so strict." Join Melanie and Dr. Stacey as they navigate the delicate balance of screen time moderation during the holiday season. While loosening our grip on strict rules may seem tempting, they delve into the nuanced discussion of whether it's truly acceptable to let our guard down during this festive time. With thoughtful insights and a touch of humor, Melanie and Dr. Stacey challenge conventional notions, questioning if a bit of relaxation in screen time policies is a harmless indulgence or a potential pitfall. Tune in for a refreshing perspective on finding harmony between enjoying the festivities and maintaining a healthy relationship with screens. Whether you're a parent, educator, or anyone in between, this episode offers practical advice and thought-provoking ideas for a well-balanced holiday season. Support the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:00:46:09

Twisted Truth: Are Your Son’s Social Needs Fulfilled in the Gaming World? with Dr. Adriana Stacey (#175)

12/13/2023
Is your son really being social on his game? Yes, according to most people. Kids believe they are getting their social needs met through their video games, and parents believe that social benefits are the best reason to go against their gut and allow gaming. But what does science say about online interactions meeting the social needs of pre-teens and teens? Today, Melanie and Dr. Stacey will unpack the common myth that our boys are meeting their social needs on their game. Building strong friendships and robust social skills requires a broader range of experiences, including face-to-face interactions, empathy, emotional intelligence, and a diverse network of connections beyond the gaming screen. But your child - who is not an adult yet - will not be able to recognize the limitations of virtual interactions. See research here on studies that suggest that excessive gaming can have a negative impact on the development of social skills for teens. Support the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:00:48:07

ENCORE: Non-Tech Screen Activities with Sue DeCaro (#10)

12/6/2023
In this ENCORE episode, Melanie Hempe and worldwide Coach and Educator, Sue DeCaro, discuss a variety of non-tech activities for all ages to implement both this holiday season and year round. Original Air Date: Dec 4, 2020 Support the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:00:54:32

ENCORE: The Endless Non-Tech Gift Ideas with Evan Hempe (#130)

11/29/2023
For this special holiday ENCORE episode, Melanie is joined by her son Evan to discuss practical holiday gift ideas—and encourage people to skip smartphones and video games as gifts this season. Evan, a senior in high school, gives his perspective on the highs and lows of wanting a smartphone in middle & high school and shares some of his favorite childhood gifts. Grab your copy of our Non-Tech Gift Guide discussed in this episode! Evan's digital piano recommendation: Yamaha Clavinova CSP-170 Home Digital Piano | Guitar Center Support the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:00:59:09

Special Episode: Gratitude (#174)

11/22/2023
Happy Thanksgiving from ScreenStrong! We are thrilled to share a special episode with you this week, centered around the theme of gratitude. Tune in to hear expressions of thankfulness from fellow ScreenStrong families, reflecting on what has brought them joy this year and the invaluable support they've received on their ScreenStrong journeys. A heartfelt thank you to all who submitted their testimonials! On behalf of the entire ScreenStrong team, we extend warm wishes for a joyous Thanksgiving to you and your family. Support the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:00:56:34

20+ Ways Kids Get Around Parental Controls with Doug Smith (#173)

11/15/2023
Today's show will take us behind the curtain of the teen brain who is searching for a way to get around parental controls! You will learn that the idea of parental controls is a way to gain brand loyalty by the companies who want your kids glued to their devices. If you use parental controls then your child will be safe, right? Wrong. Because the job of every child is to discover work around every parental control out there! With the help of Doug Smith and Melanie, you will quickly see how many ways there are for a child to discover the thrill of hacking your parental controls. Remember, You don't have to be a tech expert you just have to be a smart ScreenStrong parent. As always we have your back and we will give you the strong truth and the bold solutions to winning the screen battle at home. Refrences & Links: TikTok’s Parental Control page is a perfect example of propaganda language[Un]Intentional: How Screens Secretly Shape Your Desires and How You Can Break FreeSupport the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:01:13:20

A Smartphone-Free Adolescence: Melissa’s Story (#172)

11/8/2023
Today, Melanie has a very special guest—her daughter, Melissa! In this episode, we will hear how Melissa feels about growing up without social media or a smartphone. They discuss an overview of teen brain science, what makes social media irresistible for teens, the risks for teen girls, and end with some practical tips for parents. You will enjoy the candid nature of this conversation and will be inspired to make some changes in your home! Recommended Reading: "Can Your Teen Survive and Thrive Without a Smartphone?"—found on Amazon and Connect Plus. Support the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:01:07:51

Is Your Teen a Target for Sex Trafficking with Liz Miller (#171)

11/1/2023
Human Trafficking has been the world’s fastest-growing criminal enterprise for over a decade. It is estimated that over 26 million people are enslaved globally, and over 1 million, 300,000 of which are children, in the U.S. alone. An even darker statistic, the 2023 Trafficking in Persons Report conducted annually by the State Department, states that less than 1% of victims are ever identified and consequently get out alive. Human trafficking in the U.S. is not only what you see in the movies, foreign impoverished children being kidnapped and made available for purchase to pedophiles. The truth is that most sex trafficking victims in the U.S. are American girls, and the average age of initial victimization is 13 years old. Sex trafficking does not discriminate based on race or economic standing. In a report published in 2016 by doctors in their respective fields, human trafficking was found in every school in San Diego County. The wellbeing of our children has become a national crisis, and the only way to protect your child is to understand how they could become or are already the targets of criminals who desire to use and abuse them. References: International Organization for Stopping Exploitation of WomenSan Diego ReportSupport the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:01:17:59

Twisted Truth: Group Texting Is Social Media with Dr. Adriana Stacey (#170)

10/25/2023
In this episode, we debunk the common misconception that preteens and teens are fully prepared for group texting. Dr. Stacey and Melanie explore the fascinating insights from developmental science that present a different perspective. Together, they identify ten prevalent issues within group texting and media sharing. As you tune in, you might be startled by the striking similarities between group texting and social media. In fact, these two seemingly distinct platforms are, in many ways, one in the same. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on the convergence of communication technologies and the potential implications for our younger generation. Article: Why Social Media is NOT Smart for Middle School Kids Support the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:00:48:14

48 Benefits Living 48 Months ScreenStrong with Evan & Andrew Hempe (#169)

10/18/2023
Join us for an enlightening episode as Evan and Andrew Hempe share their incredible journey of living 48 months as ScreenStrong Teens, completely free from smartphones and video games. They take us through their unique experiences and reveal a list of 48 surprising benefits they discovered during this bold experiment. This episode is all about the unexpected rewards and transformations that come from disconnecting in a hyper-connected world. Whether you're a parent seeking insight into managing screen time or someone looking to find balance with technology, this conversation is packed with valuable takeaways. Support the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:01:27:11

What Parents Need to Know About Roblox, Sleepovers, and Snapchat with Officer Gomez (#168)

10/11/2023
Join us in this episode as we dive into the world of Roblox, sleepovers, and Snapchat with invaluable insights from our friend Officer Gomez, a School Resource Officer (SRO) and sworn Deputy of the Boise County Sheriff’s Department. Discover what parents need to know to keep their children safe and informed in today's digital age. From the challenges of online gaming to the issues of sleepovers and the nuances of Snapchat, Officer Gomez shares expert advice to help you navigate these crucial aspects of your child's life. Support the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:01:10:45

Who's Raising the Kids with Susan Linn (#167)

10/4/2023
Today, we are honored to welcome Susan Linn, the author of "Who's Raising the Kids," to our podcast. We love the title of her book because it encapsulates the essence of being ScreenStrong! One of the most significant, albeit often invisible, risks parents confront in childhood screen overuse is the unintentional surrender of our children to a virtual caregiver. We lose our kids daily—not physically, but emotionally, as they gravitate toward virtual families. The issue with childhood screen use is multifaceted, but in ScreenStrong's view, the most pressing concern is the detachment disorder between children and parents that is becoming all too common. Kids naturally bond with the things they spend the most time with, and it's beautiful when that bond is with their family. However, it becomes a cause for concern when that bond is primarily formed with screens, games, or social media, as Susan will expertly shed light on during this conversation. LINKS: Who’s Raising the Kids?: Big Tech, Big Business, and the Lives of ChildrenSupport the show______________________________________________________ Please subscribe, rate, and share this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Start your ScreenStrong Journey today!Become a Connect MemberNOW AVAILABLEConsider becoming a ScreenStrong Ambassador! ScreenStrong Tech Recommendations Gabb Wirelessuse code STRONG for discount)Canopyuse code STRONG for discount) ______________________________________________________ Production Team:

Duration:01:03:13