Activities for Families
A Family Game
- Managing Fear and Anxiety During a Health Pandemic – a blog post for parents on managing anxiety during any number of life disruptions: https://bit.ly/2Q6kJTG
- Anxiety Conversation Guides – Helping a child with anxiety is a challenge. Parents can download these age-appropriate resources to find tips and practical ways to help their children.
- Helping Kids Navigate Anxiety Podcast – On this episode, Sissy Goff, Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee, shares tools for leaders helping kids process anxiety. https://bit.ly/2TZx1OR
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More Free Time = More Screen Time
Students will have more time than usual behind a screen, which is not entirely a bad thing, but a great opportunity for your family to initiate a conversation.
With so many teens stuck at home, unable to see their friends or take part in their normal activities, they’ll turn to their devices. All that extra device time only increases the chances of students encountering harmful content or potentially engaging in inappropriate behavior. The best parental control option for your teenager isn’t an app… but is you having honest conversations with them. I would encourage you to start these conversations sooner rather than later so your student is set up for success when using devices.
Consider using one of the following statements to start a conversation:
• “Hey! I know with this extra free time you have the opportunity to be on your phone/video games more often. I wanted to remind you that the things you view or words you exchange, need to be honoring to the values of both God and our family.”
• “I made some mistakes when I was a teenager when it came to hiding things from others. I want to remind you that I love you so much and that you can always turn to me if you find yourself in a bad situation related to technology. The conversation will always look different if you choose to share something vs. you being caught.”
Thankfully, the company, Protect Young Eyes, provided a resource recently online. They reviewed 14 different monitoring and filtering options available to parents, comparing and contrasting all the features and options to help us figure out the best option for your family. Review all their findings and tips by clicking here!