71 episodes

With recommendations based on scientific research and personal experience, Melanie Hempe, RN by trade and mom of four, helps families remove toxic screens—video games, social media & smartphones—from their kids’ lives. Through interviews with experts, medical professionals, and other ScreenStrong families, this podcast will help you prevent screen addiction and rescue your kids from their virtual world. Join our ScreenStrong Families Group and visit ScreenStrong.com to learn more. It’s not too late to win back your kids and ScreenStrong is here to help.

ScreenStrong Families Melanie Hempe

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

With recommendations based on scientific research and personal experience, Melanie Hempe, RN by trade and mom of four, helps families remove toxic screens—video games, social media & smartphones—from their kids’ lives. Through interviews with experts, medical professionals, and other ScreenStrong families, this podcast will help you prevent screen addiction and rescue your kids from their virtual world. Join our ScreenStrong Families Group and visit ScreenStrong.com to learn more. It’s not too late to win back your kids and ScreenStrong is here to help.

    Building Family Culture with Steve and Candice Watters

    Building Family Culture with Steve and Candice Watters

    Today, Melanie talks with Steve and Candice Watters, a married couple dedicated and passionate about helping and supporting young families. They have four children—13 to 22—whom they have raised ScreenStrong.
    Steve and Candice share their “light bulb moments” that led to their realization and diligence in becoming intentional parents. They identified a focus and practice of building relationships with their children, building alternatives to what was being offered culturally, and being intentional about the culture of their home. They offer tips and guidance on how to introduce new habits and limits to create ways of reshaping your kids’ “appetites” for non-screen activities. Steve and Candice provide encouragement and remind us that “you are your child’s favorite toy,” and caution us on the small window of time we all truly have in building healthy families. 
    This is an episode to inspire you to reassess your family’s culture, reassess your spousal and parental bonds, and begin to cultivate alternative family choices and habits.
    Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! 
    Visit ScreenStrong.com to learn more about becoming a ScreenStrong Family and to take our ScreenStrong Challenge.Need extra support? Join our ScreenStrong Families Facebook Group.Interested in being a podcast guest? Email us at: team@screenstrong.com.Use code STRONG at GabbWireless.com for a discount on a talk & text only phone for teens.

    • 44 min
    Detrimental Effects of Media Violence on Children with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

    Detrimental Effects of Media Violence on Children with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

    This week we'll be hearing from Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, a US Army Ranger, paratrooper, former West Point Psychology Professor, and author of Assassination Generation: Video Games, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing. Lt. Col. Grossman describes how playing "innocent" video games progress to addiction, why video games make kids aggressive, the dangers of operant and classical conditioning, and the mental, physical, and emotional turmoil children are experiencing due to a saturation of media violence. 

    Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! 
    Visit ScreenStrong.com to learn more about becoming a ScreenStrong Family and to take our ScreenStrong Challenge.Need extra support? Join our ScreenStrong Families Facebook Group.Interested in being a podcast guest? Email us at: team@screenstrong.com.Use code STRONG at GabbWireless.com for a discount on a talk & text only phone for teens.

    • 28 min
    Single Parenting the ScreenStrong Way with Candace Collins

    Single Parenting the ScreenStrong Way with Candace Collins

    This week, Melanie talks with Candace Collins, a single parent of a 6-year old daughter living a Screen Strong lifestyle. Candace works in Social Media and Digital Marketing and is well aware of the pull that hand held devices have on our daily lives. 
    Candace shares her parenting journey of how she began to notice the toxic effects of screen use and how she made the choice to live counter culturally to provide her daughter a nurturing and connected environment. She offers tips and simple suggestions on how to cultivate connection, creativity, and reduce the use of toxic screens in parenting your young child. 
    This is an episode you have been waiting for and one that you will want to listen to more than once.
    Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! 
    Visit ScreenStrong.com to learn more about becoming a ScreenStrong Family and to take our ScreenStrong Challenge.Need extra support? Join our ScreenStrong Families Facebook Group.Interested in being a podcast guest? Email us at: team@screenstrong.com.Use code STRONG at GabbWireless.com for a discount on a talk & text only phone for teens.

    • 43 min
    How Screens Are Changing the Social & Academic Culture for Students with Joe Clement

    How Screens Are Changing the Social & Academic Culture for Students with Joe Clement

    Today, Melanie is joined by Joe Clement, a teacher, parent of three, and co-author of Screen Schooled with Matt Miles. Joe is in his 28th year of teaching and brings a unique perspective as he has witnessed the change technology has brought into both the classroom and the home environment. 
    Melanie and Joe discuss the mental health risk factors that are influenced by the toxic use of screens that result in loss of empathy, loss of awareness of facial/social cues, increased stress, and lack of development of essential interpersonal skills for our children. Joe shares how the social and academic culture within the school environment has been negatively influenced by the toxic use of screens resulting in increased distractibility, increased impulsivity to cheat, and decreased educational discussion in the classroom. Lastly, Joe provides encouragement and tips to parents and educators to improve the balance in their use of technology in the home and the classroom.
    Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! 
    Visit ScreenStrong.com to learn more about becoming a ScreenStrong Family and to take our ScreenStrong Challenge.Need extra support? Join our ScreenStrong Families Facebook Group.Interested in being a podcast guest? Email us at: team@screenstrong.com.Use code STRONG at GabbWireless.com for a discount on a talk & text only phone for teens.

    • 57 min
    Social Media: A Teen’s Perspective with Noah Reid

    Social Media: A Teen’s Perspective with Noah Reid

    Today, guest host, Mandee Hamann interviews Noah Reid, a 17 year old High School student and Competitive Debater and Public Speaker. 

    Noah shares the back story on how he, at the age of 15, wrote a persuasive speech about Age Restricting Social Media. He credits his parents’ continued open communication about Social Media and how their wisdom influenced the development of his speech and his perspectives. 

    Noah encourages parents to talk openly with their teens and for teenagers to question their use of Social Media by asking simply, “How is this benefiting you?” and “What is the purpose [behind your use]?” 

    This is an amazingly insightful interview that is sure to inspire a conversation between you and your teen. 
    Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! 
    Visit ScreenStrong.com to learn more about becoming a ScreenStrong Family and to take our ScreenStrong Challenge.Need extra support? Join our ScreenStrong Families Facebook Group.Interested in being a podcast guest? Email us at: team@screenstrong.com.Use code STRONG at GabbWireless.com for a discount on a talk & text only phone for teens.

    • 24 min
    Kids Are Our Greatest Resource with Tom Hayes

    Kids Are Our Greatest Resource with Tom Hayes

    Today, guest host, Mandee Hamann, introduces Tom Hayes, who is a nationally recognized comedian, speaker, entrepreneur, writer, and creator of an animation titled Beantown Pals. 
    Tom shares his personal story of being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer at 13-years-old—learning that adversity leads to character development. Mandee and Tom discuss how the evolution of screens in our culture has changed how we parent, and Tom cautions parents that by taking away their child’s pain, it may be at the cost of their child’s character development. He urges families to consider that devices not only rob your child’s brain development, but also robs their emotional connections to the world. He encourages parents to make hard choices and ask themselves what they truly value as well as consider the legacy they are passing onto their family. Tom and Mandee’s conversation is engaging, thought provoking and straightforward—a quick listen that you’ll be glad you tuned in for. 
    Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast to help spread the word. Stay Strong! 
    Visit ScreenStrong.com to learn more about becoming a ScreenStrong Family and to take our ScreenStrong Challenge.Need extra support? Join our ScreenStrong Families Facebook Group.Interested in being a podcast guest? Email us at: team@screenstrong.com.Use code STRONG at GabbWireless.com for a discount on a talk & text only phone for teens.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

lily.holland ,

Emotional and informative!

Melanie’s total transparency about her family’s story brings tears to my eyes every time! She brings out the best in her guests and the information is ESSENTIAL!

altraoiche ,

Great content. Work on audio.

The content of this podcast is changing my family’s life for the better. Thanks.

Please work on audio quality. One speaker’s voice will be loud and the other speaker you can barely hear on several episodes.

getteedoff ,

Essential info for all parents

Melanie knows her stuff and has a real heart for this message

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