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Melanie Hempe, BSN, received her bachelors of Nursing from Emory University. She helps families avoid problematic screen use and remove toxic screens—video games, social media, pornography—from their kids’ lives. Through interviews with experts, medical professionals, and other ScreenStrong Families, this podcast will help you prevent screen addiction and rescue your kids from their virtual world. It’s not too late to win back your kids and ScreenStrong is here to help.

Melanie Hempe, BSN, received her bachelors of Nursing from Emory University. She helps families avoid problematic screen use and remove toxic screens—video games, social media, pornography—from their kids’ lives. Through interviews with experts, medical professionals, and other ScreenStrong Families, this podcast will help you prevent screen addiction and rescue your kids from their virtual world. It’s not too late to win back your kids and ScreenStrong is here to help.

Location:

United States

Description:

Melanie Hempe, BSN, received her bachelors of Nursing from Emory University. She helps families avoid problematic screen use and remove toxic screens—video games, social media, pornography—from their kids’ lives. Through interviews with experts, medical professionals, and other ScreenStrong Families, this podcast will help you prevent screen addiction and rescue your kids from their virtual world. It’s not too late to win back your kids and ScreenStrong is here to help.

Language:

English

Contact:

2144066069


Episodes

TikTok: It’s All In The Algorithm with Dr. Leonard Sax (#102)

5/18/2022
Melanie is joined once again by Dr. Leonard Sax, an American psychologist, and a practicing family physician. Dr. Sax has spoken on child and adolescent development issues in schools and communities worldwide since 2001. He is the author of numerous books and publications, including The Collapse of Parenting, one of ScreenStrong’s most recommended books. Did you know that TikTok is the #1 most visited website in the U.S. and Worldwide today? One billion TikTok videos are viewed daily, and...

Duration:01:04:54

The ScreenStrong Lifestyle: An Explanation (#101)

5/11/2022
In this episode, Melanie is joined by our Brand Manager, Anna Wight to give a lesson-by-lesson preview of our new Kids’ Brains & Screens and ScreenStrong Solution Courses. This content deep-dive will give you an idea of what to expect in these courses and encourage you to take the step towards becoming a ScreenStrong Family. Kids’ Brains & Screens Course The ScreenStrong Solution Course Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! NOW...

Duration:01:06:16

100 ScreenStrong Tips with Ellen Cotton (#100)

5/4/2022
We’ve made it to 100 EPISODES!!! Thank you all for listening and supporting us. We couldn’t do this without your community support. Today Melanie is joined by Ellen Cotton, a longtime friend of ScreenStrong and living the ScreenStrong Lifestyle. She and Melanie present 100 unique tips to help you on your ScreenStrong journey and share personal stories about the ups and downs of reclaiming your kids from the virtual world. This episode is full of laughter, joy, and advice from parents who...

Duration:01:12:45

Trusting Your Gut with Laura Wurzburger (#99)

4/27/2022
Today Melanie welcomes Laura Wurzburger, a ScreenStrong Ambassador, and a mom of two adopted children from China. Laura shares her inspiring and vulnerable story of her family's journey to enrich their lifestyle by changing technology use in their home. She shares and acknowledges the mistakes and unhealthy habits she and her husband created in raising their children and what they learned while going through this process of reducing unhealthy and toxic screen use in their life. Laura credits...

Duration:00:44:09

There's Something in the Water with Ben O'Sullivan (#98)

4/20/2022
Today Melanie welcomes Ben O'Sullivan, a new ScreenStrong Ambassador based in Australia. Ben has worked in education as a teacher's aide for over 5 years now and is soon to be expanding his role as a school chaplain. He has also worked with youths in church groups and is presently working on a bachelor's degree in counseling. Ben shares his perspective on the changes influenced by the current technology use by youths in his work and community. He shares how his work as a teacher's aide...

Duration:00:47:25

The Myth of the Forbidden Fruit with Melanie Hempe (#97)

4/13/2022
Join us in today's episode where Melanie unpacks the myth of the forbidden fruit. This myth is based on the theory that if you limit an activity that your children desperately want, they will long for it even more, it will make it more appealing, and they will binge on technology when they are older and/or in college. Melanie emphasizes that ScreenStrong is not about supporting the removal of screens from a family's life as that is just not possible in the day and age that we live in. She...

Duration:00:34:16

A Coach’s Perspective with Zachary Church (#96)

4/6/2022
Join us today as Melanie welcomes Zachary Church, a High School Varsity Swim Coach and an Assistant Coach for a Cross Country Track and Field Program. His main purpose in coaching is to “make a positive impact on individual lives, especially teenagers.” Zach shares with us his unique perspective on the impact of screen use by teenagers in his role as a coach at his High School and in the community. Zach talks about the important life skills that can be developed through a teenager’s...

Duration:01:01:22

33 Hours: A ScreenStrong Family's Story with Ali Pfister (#95)

3/30/2022
Today Melanie welcomes Ali Pfister, one of ScreenStrong’s Ambassadors, who shares her journey of creating her family’s ScreenStrong Lifestyle. Ali and her husband have four young kids under the age of 10 and they have been living ScreenStrong for about 3 years now. Ali shareS how she began educating herself when her second son was identified with a speech delay at the age of 18 months to learn how she could best help him. Through her reading, she became aware of how technology affects child...

Duration:00:50:10

The Teenage Sleep Crisis with Julie Turgeon & Julie Wright (#94)

3/23/2022
Today, Melanie welcomes Heather Turgeon and Julie Wright, marriage and family therapists and the co-authors of The Happy Sleeper and the forthcoming Generation Sleepless: Why Tweens and Teens Aren’t Sleeping Enough and How We Can Help Them. Heather Turgeon, MFT writes about child development and parenting. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, among others, and she is a writer for The National Sleep Foundation. Julie Wright, MFT is a marriage and family...

Duration:00:47:34

Growing Up Without a Smartphone with Joel May (#93)

3/16/2022
Today Melanie welcomes Joel May, a Youth Pastor and a Director of Youth Ministries at a local church in North Carolina. One of the unique things about Joel is that he was raised without a smartphone or video games. This lack of toxic technology growing up allowed for him to develop his identity independent of others or needing external validation through social media. He found his identity through extracurricular activities ranging from music, athletics, and theater to his church involvement...

Duration:01:06:39

How School Screens Impact Social Emotional Learning with Dr. Richard Freed (#92)

3/9/2022
Today, Melanie welcomes back Dr. Richard Freed, author of Wired Child and a practicing Clinical Psychologist and supervisor studying the effects of technology on children. He is on the advisory board of ScreenStrong and is a contributor to many well-respected publications. A link to Dr. Freed’s article, The Tech Industry’s War on Kids, is included in the show notes. Melanie asks Richard to provide our listeners his perspective on frequently asked questions from parents related to screens in...

Duration:00:57:34

Debunking Screen Myths with Andrew & Evan Hempe (#91)

3/2/2022
For today’s episode, Evan and Andrew Hempe respond to common questions from parents about toxic screen use, drawing from their own experiences growing up without video games, smartphones, or social media. Evan and Andrew are Juniors in high school who are enjoying and thriving on living a full ScreenStrong lifestyle. They are both active in multiple extracurricular activities, including sports and music—as well as actively learning life skills like finding their way around town with a paper...

Duration:00:26:53

Questioning Smartphone Contracts (#90)

2/23/2022
In this episode, Melanie tackles two of the most common issues concerning smartphones and your kids and teens: the age of 13 as the "appropriate age" of having a smartphone and the concept of phone contracts. For the first issue, Melanie responds to the question of "Why do parents believe that 13 has become the new age of adulthood on the internet?" The answer may surprise you. For the second issue, Melanie challenges the concept of the family phone contract. She stresses that healthy...

Duration:00:40:06

A Teacher’s Perspective with Teralea Moore (#89)

2/16/2022
In today’s episode, Melanie welcomes her longtime friend, Teralea Moore, who is a mother and college math professor with 20+ years of teaching in the classroom. Teralea has taught in high school, community college, and private college settings, and she shares with us her experiences of how technology has changed her classroom experience over the years. Teralea discusses the differences in an online learning platform versus in-person learning and emphasizes how teaching is truly a hands-on...

Duration:00:50:50

Social Media’s Effect on Girls (#88)

2/9/2022
Did you know that since 2007, suicide rates have doubled and that since 2010, rates of depression, self-harm, and suicide have increased more in girls than boys? Did you know that girls are 3 times more likely to be depressed than boys? Listen in as Melanie delves into the link between social media use and how it is adversely affecting the development of self-esteem, identity formation, interpersonal relational skills, and emotional well-being in girls. She also discusses how social media...

Duration:00:36:52

Mastering the Flip Phone: A ScreenStrong Family's Story with Amy & Aubrey (#87)

2/2/2022
Melanie is joined by longtime friend, Amy Eytchison, and her daughter, Aubrey. This lively group discusses growing up countercultural, having a flip phone in middle school (*gasp*), and cultivating healthy habits. Amy and Aubrey offer advice for both parents and teens on how to navigate "being different" and completely thrive while doing it. Prepare yourself for an abundance of joy and laughter in this episode! Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast to help spread the word. Stay...

Duration:00:58:28

The Battle Against Screen Time with Officer Gomez (#86)

1/26/2022
Melanie welcomes Officer David Gomez, a School Resource Officer (SRO) and sworn Deputy of the Boise County Sheriff’s Department. Officer Gomez is the SRO for Idaho City High School, Middle School, and Elementary School. He also has an active and highly informative Facebook Page that he uses to educate parents on the dangers of Social Media and the internet. Melanie and Officer Gomez delve deep into the many reasons and factors to consider when you make the decision to give your kid a...

Duration:00:53:36

Under the Radar: A ScreenStrong Family's Story with Gretchen Heinen (#85)

1/19/2022
In today’s episode, Mandee Hamann welcomes Gretchen Heinen, a mom of three, multi-entrepreneur, and creator of Dreams Over Screens, a 5-day challenge to reduce screens for adults in business. Gretchen shares her ScreenStrong story of overcoming “blind spots” when it came to screen use by her own kids and how screens used to influence her family’s culture and habits. Join Gretchen as she takes us on the journey of changing her family culture and habits by implementing a ScreenStrong...

Duration:00:30:57

The Five ScreenStrong Values (#84)

1/12/2022
Happy New Year! To kick off our fourth season, Melanie Hempe reviews her observations from the holiday season and gives helpful tips for parents who are reconsidering screen time in their home. She also reviews ScreenStrong's bold message and core values to give your family the best chance for success in 2022. Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Our Kids' Brains & Screens CourseScreenStrong Families Facebook...

Duration:00:26:19

Yearly Wrap-Up: Season 3 Highlights (#83)

12/29/2021
Thank you all so much for listening and engaging with the podcast this year. Here are just a few highlights from our 2021 episodes and we look forward to seeing you for Season 4! Happy New Year! Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! Our Kids' Brains & Screens CourseScreenStrong Families Facebook Groupteam@screenstrong.comGabbWireless.comProducer & Editor: Olivia Kernekin

Duration:00:46:50