no. 39 – The Cell Phone Monitoring Episode

This Unmillennial Life Podcast - Phone Monitoring Episode

What if every moment of your adolescence could be captured in a snap? What if every thought you had as a teenager could be sent in a few thumb taps? What if as a pre-teen you’d had 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week access to send a message to every single person you did or did not like in school?

With smartphones in hand, kids today are experiencing a level of constant connectedness the world has never known. Unfortunately, many experts say it’s causing never before seen levels of anxiety and depression and blazing an unintended trail of life-altering digital permanence. What’s a parent to do? Is occasional cell phone monitoring too much? Or not enough?

In today’s episode, I’m interviewing Titania Jordan — nationally-recognized social media, tech expert, CPO of The Bark App and founder of the Facebook group – Parenting Geeks on Call. In this episode we discuss:

  • How electronic & social media usage stimulates the same part of the brain as commonly known addictive compounds and why that’s a risk for our children
  • The concept of digital permanence and why children need to understand its ramifications at an early age
  • Options for parents who don’t want to give their kids a smartphone at an early age
  • Why it’s important for parents to be aware of communications on their children’s phone that relate to signs of anxiety, depression, suicide, predatory grooming, etc.
  • The reality of “sexting” and how the receiving OR forwarding of related images could be life-changing
  • Why a cell phone monitoring option like Bark.us may be a better approach than simply spot checking your child’s phone

I close out today’s show, as the end of Season 1, with a recap of what the This Unmillennial Life Facebook group listed as their most memorable moments from this season of the podcast.

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~Regan

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