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Bench Banter helps families truly navigate the murky waters of family technology use at all ages. Listen to learn straight-forward take-aways that will help your family use tech in a healthy way.

Bench Banter by Boomerang Parental Control Justin Payeur

    • Parenting
    • 5.0, 7 Ratings

Bench Banter helps families truly navigate the murky waters of family technology use at all ages. Listen to learn straight-forward take-aways that will help your family use tech in a healthy way.

    Dr. Patrick Markey - Author of Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong

    Dr. Patrick Markey - Author of Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong

    Dr Patrick M. Markey, PhD, is a professor of psychology, the director of the Interpersonal Research Laboratory at Villanova University, and a former president of the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research. Markey received his doctorate from the University of California. Dr Markey is the author of the science based books Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong and, coming soon, "F*ck Divorce.
    We discuss how violent games are used as an excuse for school shootings even when Dr Markey’s research for his book doesn’t support this direct influence that impacts a school shooters behaviour. There’s so much more to this conversation than blaming video games: mental health, racial differences, access to guns and overall wellbeing of the individual.
    We also discuss how recent research continues to compare social media to the addictive nature of heroin. Mention the word addiction when comparing games such as Fortnite or Social Media, the word addiction is not being used in the sense of true addiction.
    Dr Patrick Market can be found on Twitter @patmarkey
    Get Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Month in Review 07 - Fired up

    Month in Review 07 - Fired up

    Lucky #7 month in review with Jesse Miller. Almost halfway through 2020 - why does it feel like such a long year. So much stuff to chat about... Are we one screenshot away from losing our jobs (or NHL career)? Social media as a megaphone! We review May which had so much going on with social media posts, moderations, riots, pandemics, fake news and more. We live in truly crazy times.
    Is the future of social media paid? How the fitness app, Strava, made more freemium features available only for premium and pledging no ads and not sharing users' data.
    A brief discussion about violent games and an upcoming episode of Bench Banter with Dr Patrick Markey, co-author of the book Moral Combat. 
    Do you feel your voice in reflective in your community?
    This is an example of looking at timestamps on articles to make sure it is not something from the past that was reposted with the goal to incent reactions (both negative and positive). The Verge re-releases the same article from December 2019 in June 2020 to on How to fight lies, tricks, and chaos online.
    We need more ❤️ in the world. 

    • 43 min
    James Achilles - Vice President of Kidzworld

    James Achilles - Vice President of Kidzworld

    James Achilles is the Vice President of Vancouver-based Kidzworld Media, charged with all aspects of the company’s internal and external growth and management. The content-rich, cloud-based mobile website fosters 2 million+ monthly visitors, who view 18.5 million page views per month from 200+ countries. The online vehicle is designed to offer safe & secure information for 9-16 year-olds, alongside numerous Fortune 500 advertisers. It is also present on the likes of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
    Learn more about Kidzworld https://www.kidzworld.com/

    • 39 min
    Month in Review 06 - Privacy in our day to day communications

    Month in Review 06 - Privacy in our day to day communications

    Fired up for another month stuck at home under COVID-19 isolation and cabin fever is setting in. Jesse Miller joins me in our 6th monthly review to discuss how shared content via social media platforms is too easily believed at face value. From photoshopped images to private conversations in group chats. Diversification in our opinions and views is important as a lot of content we view online can be curated based on our likes (think Netflix history, YouTube viewed history, News viewed, etc) thus reenforcing one point of view on various subjects. 
    We miss our NHL hockey but there was a bit of drama with a recent contract waiving of Washington Capitals' forward Brandon Leipsic following shared inappropriate messages in a private chat. As a verified account on social media, it does bring additional accountability in your online communications. Would having a more influential pro athlete get caught have the same outcome?
    Our privacy needs to be questioned in our day to day communications from text messages, group messages and social media platforms. Lead with trust when your communicate but consider your environment and potential outcome if something negative is shared. 
    We also chat about having empathy and not assuming everything we see as we slowly return to some form of normalcy. As physical distancing is relaxed, there will still be a percentage of our population that will feel anxious about returning too fast. Mobile technology is already being used to document other people's behaviors so we refresh you on the areas where having someone's consent is important. 
    Thanks for tuning in! 
    -Justin Payeur, Digital Wellbeing app cofounderFollow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JP_Payeur 

    • 52 min
    Andy Robertson aka GeekDadGamer joins to discuss gaming

    Andy Robertson aka GeekDadGamer joins to discuss gaming

    Andy Robertson took his love for writing and gaming to build Family Gamer TV, he’s also a freelance writer for Forbes, The Guardian, BBC and MirrorTech. Andy also presented a TEDx Talks on Sustainable Perspectives on Video Games.
    We discuss various subjects about games, too much time spent gaming, game ratings (ESRB and PEGI), how they can be an escape for the day stresses and distractions - not all games can do this so Andy has also built a database for games that provides additional insights into the experience and shares a few game recommendations you've probably never heard of but should consider to play as a family. 
    Andy is launching is book later in 2020, Taming Gaming: Guide Your Child to Video Game Health - aimed at parents that do not play games, to try and help them build confidence, close the literacy gap on the misconceptions about gaming. The book also includes a list of “recipes” for games on how to play and how other families have enjoyed these games, typically games we haven’t heard of.
    Follow AndyTwitter: https://twitter.com/GeekDadGamerYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/familygamertv

    • 41 min
    Alan Katzman - Founder & CEO of Social Assurity

    Alan Katzman - Founder & CEO of Social Assurity

    Alan Katzman is a Social Media Strategist & Educator and the Founder of Social Assurity.
    Alan shares how post secondary schools use various analytics and KPIs to assess the chances of a student applicant accepting their enrolment. Alan goes into great detail in how schools assess student prospects and how they chose them based on various criteria including their social media accounts.
    In the current landscape we are in, many kids are graduating with a potential challenge to get the grades wrapped up for acceptance in their post secondary program of choice. Alan shares more on how schools will still want these students and how our public schools are already showing some proactive at home programs to allow kids to continue their education online.
    Social Media provides great insights into a kids’ character and being. Post secondary schools like Colleges and Universities are looking to these platforms to see what kind of person your child is as part of their application process.
    Alan trains and teaches students the essentials of social media (equivalent to driver’s education) but more importantly suggests kids tell their story, share their character, their achievements and their commitment to a cause. Content that highlights you as a human being.

    • 43 min

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Insightful conversations

Tech, family, social media, and more all covered in this podcast.

Michele Kambolis ,

Family Therapist

Much needed tips for parents to help ensure the safety of our kids.

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