Thursday, April 3, 2014

Six Resources to Teach your Family Appropriate Use of Media

Last night I spoke at a stake Relief Society meeting about getting organized. 

Even though I showed up to speak about organizing, as usual I diverged and talked about media for a while.  Afterward, moms asked me to email them information to help arm families against inappropriate media. One idea is to include one of these media resources in a family home evening lesson each week or month until you feel like you've covered the topic enough (for now).  

Last night I spoke to a stake Relief Society in Syracuse, Utah. This time it was my own! 

1)  Here is the handout I created to use when I teach this topic.

2) Turn off the TV and Get a Life! Audio talk by John Bytheway.

3) Wake up from your Phone by Hank Smith 
This one is a little less reverent than I like at times but he still makes some good points.

4)  Here you can listen to an education week talk by Randal Wright called To the Parents of Youth: Avoiding Oft-made Mistakes.

Randal Wright is one of my favorite BYU Education Week speakers. I've heard him live many times. I was happy to see that a handful of his talks are free online. 

5)  This is my favorite parenting book, also by Randal Wright: Power Parenting in the LDS Home: Avoid the 25 Most Common Mistakes

My favorite parenting book ever. Makes a great addition to family scripture study or family home evening. We let the kids choose which topic to read and discuss. Randal Wright keeps it entertaining with funny stories. This is the new title for the previous book "25 Mistakes LDS Parents Make and How to Avoid Them."

This is a great read-aloud picture book to open up this important conversation with children. Kids are becoming addicted as young as 7 or 8, because they get exposed and parents haven't given them tools of what to do. 

My friend helped in the creation of this important book. So many children and teens get exposed to pornography and haven't been given the tools to know what to do, so they sadly become addicted. I wish every parent in the world purchased this book and started this important conversation to arm their children to know how to avoid bad pictures, and what to do when they see them. Now, it's not if but when. The average age of exposure is 7-12.

Watch this 2 minute video to see how this picture book may help you save your child's brain, soul, relationships, and future. 

I'll add a few more resources as a P.S. 

7) From the Inside Out: Healthy Media Guidelines for LDS Families is a new resource I haven't listened to yet, but it looks good. 

8) Protection from Pornography -- A Christ-Focused Home 
By Linda Reeves, LDS General Conference talk, April 2014


By Clayton Ostler, is a great presentation on installing filters and blocks on all your computers and devices. 



Melinda said...

These look awesome! Thanks for sharing! I know I am very strict about media in our home, however it's nice to have resources to show my children so it's not all just from their parents ;) another thought even though we don't allow these things in our home and try to keep the media we do allow to a minimum, it does not mean that my children are not influenced. They still have friends, peers, other family members who do influence them. So a stronger foundation is always good!

Designed by Fancy Butterfly said...

We don't know each other at all. I've not read any of your other posts, though a trusted friend shared this one on FB with me. I'm very happy that these talks are occurring. I wanted to point something out that you may not be aware of that I find so incredibly troubling (it's a stretch, so stay with me, I'll try to be brief yet descriptive).
My son is a cub scout, I'm a den mother. I looked into the "Cyber Chip" which is an optional badge cub scouts can earn. It is supposed to be about internet safety. Apparently, the message is not 'limit' and 'monitor" and I was shocked! The Cyber Chip requirement basically wants boys to use a third-party source to BSA, watch a video and answer questions...then take a pledge. All designed by the 3rd-party source. I watch the video for 8-10 year olds. IT WAS ATROCIOUS! And this is why: it was all about being nice on the internet, not cyber-bullying and to not 'text mean". WHAT? 8-10 year olds aught not be on the internet alone at all! Aught not be texting! That should be the message. I am certainly not a media kids have some access...but not ALONE! Shouldn't that be the message? I sent an email of observation to both BSA and NetSmartz the third-party company. Neither was acknowledged (of course). And to further my distress...the school district now uses the same NetSmartz learning tools (which are inappropriate) when teaching computer 'cyber safety.
I just thought I'd share with you, since I agree with your limiting message and your "its not just how much but what type" message and wondered if you may find this enlightening to any further talks you may give. I thank you for your service.

Bebe McGooch said...

Thank you so much for sharing this information.

Marilee said...

Thank you for this information. I plan to share this blog with several friends and family members. I did want to let you know that after I watched the video under #6 several of the pictures that came up as other clips to watch on youtube look like porn. I don't know if there is some way you can change the options that follow the clip, but I would certainly put them in the 'bad picture' category!

Becky Edwards said...

Marilee, thank you for letting me know. I never want to spread the opportunity to look at bad pictures. Youtube controls what videos come up after a video. I will see if I can download the video onto my computer and load it onto the blog so it won't be connected with Youtube. Again, thanks for letting me know.