ProTECHting Your Kids Podcast Series

Relevant conversations and resources for creating safe spaces online

Episode 3: Avoiding Pitfalls - Exploring Online Criminal Behavior

Melissa and Craig speak with Ottawa County Detective Kerri Cannata about kids and unlawful online behavior as well as what parents can do to help their kids avoid trouble.

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Links to resources mentioned in podcast:
Cyber Tipline - for reporting incidents
Netsmartz Safety Site
Protect Young Eyes - for managing digital environments 

Episode 2:  Social Media and Mental Health

In this episode, Craig Steenstra and Melissa Bernard talk with Dr. Tara Cornelius to explore the connection social media and technology usage have on our kids' mental health. We cover topics such as upward digital comparison, how our brains are wired to interact with social media, and the importance of conversation and modeling when raising our kids in a digital world.   

Links to resources mentioned in podcast:
Social Media and Mental Health (Article)
Tween and Teen Health - Mayo Clinic (Article)
Doomscrolling - SOARce Newsletter (Tangible Strategies)

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In this episode, Craig Steenstra and Melissa Bernard explore the challenge of helping kids use technology in safe and effective ways. They discuss what students are using and how, and they share some ways parents can gain awareness while guiding their children's tech use.