Brett.Ullman

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Cannabis: What Parents/Guardians and Caregivers Need to Know

Parents here is a 6 sheet PDF from The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) with information to help you on the conversation of legalized Marijuana.

This fact sheet on recreational cannabis is for parents/guardians and caregivers of youth in grades 6 to 12. It provides information about cannabis, cannabis legalization, risks, signs of a problem, how to help your child, and where to get more information and support.

Please click this link for the PDF

A New Narrative: Talking to your teens about technology: Vlog 3 of 5: TV/Movies

This is part 3 of a 5 part video blog (vlog) series where we will be looking at trying to change the narrative of how we speak to our kids about technology. We will look at current ways parents talk to teens about tech and then look at a new narrative that teens will respond to better. We need to move from telling to teaching. Today we look at a new way to talk to our kids around the conversations on TV/Movies.

How tech companies are addressing screen addiction

A really important conversation here.

From app developers to tech behemoths such as Google and Facebook, companies have spent years working to make consumer technology as addictive as possible. After all, time spent with their products could equal big bucks for the company.
However, that’s starting to change, and we could be at the precipice of a shift in how software is designed. Apple and Google are implementing new features aimed at curbing phone usage, and apps like Instagram are rolling out features intended to help you manage your time with the app better.
So, why are they doing this, and is it enough?

Click here to read the article.

A New Narrative: Talking to your teens about technology: Vlog 2 of 5: Social Media

This is part 2 of a 5 part video blog (vlog) series where we will be looking at trying to change the narrative of how we speak to our kids about technology. We will look at current ways parents talk to teens about tech and then look at a new narrative that teens will respond to better. We need to move from telling to teaching.

Vlog #1 – Phones
Vlog #2 – Social Media – this video
Vlog #3 – TV/Movies – coming Oct 17
Vlog #4 – Music – coming Oct 24
Vlog #5 – Video Games – coming Oct 31

 

 

A New Narrative: Talking to your teens about technology: Vlog 1 of 5

This is part 1 of a 5 part video blog (vlog) series where we will be looking at trying to change the narrative of how we speak to our teens about technology. We will look at current ways parents talk to teens about tech and then look at a new narrative (new talking points) that teens will respond to better. We need to move from telling to teaching. From telling them what to do to teaching them how to make good decisions in the area of tech.

Parenting Tip: When asked if you can drive anywhere … say yes!

This is a very simple parenting tip: I want you to drive your kids and your kid’s friends places and just listen. It is a very easy way to get a front row seat (literally) to the lives of your kids.
I am not saying we stop having our kids take the bus to school to drive them. I am also not saying they should not walk if they are able to. I am talking about when they ask if they can get a drive to the mall, movies, friends house etc. Say yes.