Webinars & In-Person Presentations for Parents/Caregivers
The past two years have been challenging and forever changed the way we use and parent around technology. Parents and caregivers need up-to-date information on how best to negotiate your online relationships with your children and these three workshops/presentations will empower you to make good, informed choices.
Audience: Adults who care for children—parents, guardians, foster parents and grandparents
Format: Online webinars and in-person presentations, workshops or keynote speech for 45-120 minutes. Q&A and discussion follows every presentation.
What you can expect:
- An informed, engaging, entertaining, educated voice on child development, sexual health and technology by a knowledgable presenter, Merlyn Horton.
- Research based statistics and background information
- Practical tools, worksheets, and URLs to guide your important parenting choices
After attending a webinar or presentation you will:
- Set limits and boundaries around screen time in your home with confidence
- Feel positive about having rules and limits about online use in your home
- Understand structured and positive options for online gaming
- Make better choices about gaming and what games to have in your home
- Know more about online sexual content and understand why it’s important to talk about
Following the Webinar, parents will have access to a page links to the resources mentioned in each webinar or presentation, to learn more about the techniques, and available resources and tools.
Parenting Strategies to Keep Kids Safer Online
Setting limits and having rules about online use is important—but when do you start and what is reasonable? In this presentation, we will look at some ways to monitor, limit and track our children’s online activities. Monitoring software and technical attempts to limit what our children see and do online have serious limitations however so I will outline how we can negotiate, plan and talk with our kids to help them develop healthy screen time habits.
This webinar will discuss:
- how technology affects the social-emotional development of children,
- the challenges and solutions to creating and maintaining healthy screen time limits
- strategies to improve screen time management in your home
“Merlyn was exceptional. She was relaxed, professional and communicated the information in a great way.”
“I liked that it balanced positive aspects of gaming with negative.
“Merlyn was down to earth and easy to understand.”
Gaming: the Good, the Bad & the Lonely
Gaming is a big part of all of our lives; from grocery loyalty ‘points’ to the immersive, social parallel lives we live. This is especially important when considering how our children game. Gaming is a powerful force, and represents both risks and threats to youth—socially, developmentally AND as positive opportunities for therapeutic healing and meaningful engagement. It’s important to see and balance all these factors.
This webinar will discuss:
- the powerful pro-social games and gaming movements that educate and inform, and how they are used to build relevant social skills,
- the personal and social harms caused by irresponsible gaming, trolling, swatting, and the various perspectives on gaming-influenced dysfunctions
- and the long term implications of gaming for today’s youth, future education and the gamification of our culture.
The Uncomfortable Topic of Children and Online Pornography:
Why You Shouldn’t Wait Until High School to Talk About It
As much as we may want to postpone having ‘the talk’ with our children, having internet access means they are going to get their sexual health questions answered online if we don’t offer our views on it first. Pre-teen curiosity about sexuality is very normal, but without some guidance about how to minimize the harm that online pornography can cause to their sexuality preteens can be exposed to very, very hard core and graphic images and videos. This entertaining and frank discussion will help you feel better about having conversations with your children about online pornography and equip you with tools to guide their way to safer education.
“The average age of first exposure to online pornography is 11” (Simon Largess).
This webinar topics:
- what normal pre-teen curiosity can find online and why it can cause harm
- the effects of online pornography on adolescent sexual development and teen-peer-norms regarding dating and sexting
- safe sexual health education online and how to have an influence on what your child searches online
“I think the way that you put the information together was great—not from a moral angle but from a fact based angle.”
“The webinar was very helpful and she was very professional. Her style was perfectly organized and described certain criteria fully so I understood completely. This will help me and my husband in the future.”
Nancy P., 2021