Monitoring what kids see on screen

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Monitoring what kids see on screen

A lot of us are worried that our kids go out and see things that we wouldn't allow them to see at home. How exactly do we control what our kids see out in the world? This is not a new problem. My oldest son, who is quite grown up now, wanted to listen to Guns N Roses. I'm talking 18 years ago. It was just horribly masogynistic and homophobic, and that was the only thing I've ever actually censored. Did he go next door and listen to it? Of course he did. That's what our children do. They go out in the world and have experiences, some of which we like, and some of which we don't. I think, as long as we are really clear about the values in our home, that's the message that gets communicated to our child. That's really the message that counts. "You may see lots of things in the world, but in this house, what we value in this house is respect for women," things like that. The other thing we can do is make friends with our kids parents. You won't get 100 percent census, but you will get on the page if you get together and say, "Look, let's hang out together. I'm not comfortable with R-rated movies." Get a general consensus. I found that really helpful when my children were young, was to really know the parents of the kids they hung out with.

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Madeline Levine, PhD

Psychologist & Author

Madeline Levine, PhD, is a psychologist with close to 30 years of experience as a clinician, consultant and educator. Her New York Times bestseller, The Price of Privilege, explores the reasons why teenagers from affluent families are experiencing epidemic rates of emotional problems.  Her book, Teach Your Children Well, outlines how our current narrow definition of success unnecessarily stresses academically talented kids and marginalizes many more whose talents and interests are less amenable to measurement. The development of skills needed to be successful in the 21st century- creativity, collaboration, innovation – are not easily developed in our competitive, fast-paced, high pressure world. Teach Your Children Well gives practical, research- based solutions to help parents return their families to healthier and saner versions of themselves.

Dr. Levine is also a co-founder of Challenge Success, a project born at the Stanford School of Education. Challenge Success believes that our increasingly competitive world has led to tremendous anxiety about our children’s’ futures and has resulted in a high pressure, myopic focus on grades, test scores and performance. This kind of pressure and narrow focus isn’t helping our kids become the resilient, capable, meaningful contributors we need in the 21st century. So every day, Challenge Success provides families and schools with the practical research-based tools they need to raise healthy, motivated kids, capable of reaching their full potential. We know that success is measured over the course of a lifetime, not at the end of the grading period.

Dr. Levine began her career as an elementary and junior high school teacher in the South Bronx of New York before moving to California and earning her degrees in psychology. She has had a large clinical practice with an emphasis on child and adolescent problems and parenting issues. Currently however, she spends most of her time crisscrossing the country speaking to parents, educators, students, and business leaders. Dr. Levine has taught Child Development classes to graduate students at the University of California Medical Center/ San Francisco. For many years, Dr. Levine has been a consultant to various schools, from preschool through High School, public as well as private, throughout the country. She has been featured on television programs from the Early Show to the Lehrer report, on NPR stations such as Diane Rheems in Washington and positively reviewed in publications from Scientific American to the Washington Post. She is sought out both nationally and internationally as an expert and keynote speaker. 

Dr. Levine and her husband of 35 years, Lee Schwartz, MD are the incredibly proud (and slightly relieved) parents of three newly minted and thriving sons.

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