“Thank You for being on the show. I hope you enjoyed the interview as much as I did. Your information is both timely and important for every parent who is trying to raise kids in this social media-driven age. I’m sure my audience was captivated. I certainly was.”
A victim of sextortion — an online extortion crime she described as “like a horror movie” – speaks out. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11, and tells you how to protect yourself. (Published Monday, Oct. 5, 2015.)
Screen time. If you’re a parent you know exactly what I’m talking about. We all know instinctively that our kids are probably using their devices too much. And we aren’t necessarily always setting the best example ourselves. Sometimes we may even “plug in” our kids just to get a little peace and quiet. Or maybe a quick nap on the weekend. And truth be told the time spent with personal technology is not all bad. But like most things, too much can become a problem. This week we go off the rails with Dr. Tracy Bennett of Get Kids Internet Safe. She was super smart AND super funny. We know you love to be entertained while you learn and she brings it in spades. She helps us learn to set boundaries and keep our sanity at the same time helping us build those ever important relationships with our children. And its those boundaries and relationship that will help us move to conversations about screen safety. Plus she finally admitted she likes Star Wars. So Andrew said I didn’t have to cancel the interview. Enjoy.
You’re reading with the hopes that this is one of those bait-and-switch sensational articles, right? ––– Oh how I wish that was true. Unfortunately, I have run across a phenomenon that few parents know about, and those that do are too ashamed to tell anybody. The ugly truth is that middle school girls, with their immature frontal lobes and tender insecurities, are trying to attract high school boys by texting them sexy images of their blossoming private parts. It’s like they’ve invented an unregulated child porn matchmaking profile that doesn’t even have privacy settings, terms of agreement, or the option to delete the profile. Just a CLICK and SEND and your daughter’s catastrophically nude profile image is available to everybody everywhere forever, no take-backs. Thirty seconds of bad judgment at twelve years old launches a nightmare digital footprint and sullied online reputation. Ouch!
“Dr. Bennett was so informative and relatable. She shared personal stories and gave real life examples so that parents can have a clear idea what some of the digital dangers are as well as strategies for families. Our kids need us as parents and educators to be able to protect them from digital harm the same we do from physical and emotional harm. Dr. Bennett definitely provided the Lang Ranch Community with awareness and preparedness for this new parenting age.”
“When it comes to internet safety as a mom, I get so overwhelmed. I feel like there is so much to deal with and yet I don’t even know where to start. Dr. Tracy Bennett is AMAZING, because what she has done is taken this massive topic that every parent is facing in today’s world, and she has made it actionable. After listening to her tips and expertise, I feel like I can get my kids internet safe and I can rest a little easier, because while these problems online are not going to go away, I am setting my family up for success by putting the right safeguards in place AND developing strong communication with my children. I will now refer everyone I know to Tracy’s resources!”
We feel very blessed that Dr. Bennett took the time to share with us once again. The information she shares with parents, educators, and anyone who cares about children and youth is critical in helping to protect our kids. Thank you Dr. Bennett for being passionate about “fighting this battle” and trying to equip others to do the same. You are making a difference!
As an educator and a parent, I see the impact technology has on the next generation every day. I was so grateful when Dr. Bennett delivered a presentation for our school community. Dr. Bennett is an engaging presenter with a wealth of knowledge. She was able to offer our parents a reality check alongside practical tips to help keep our children safe. Thank you Dr. Bennett!!
“Navigating the waters of Internet safety and social media can be a daunting task for parents of children of all ages. Dr. Bennett’s presentation provided fantastic insights to help our parents and teachers better understand both the benefits and risks associated with technology. Her practical tips and implementable tactics are designed to help parents build stronger alliances with their children as they proactively set guidelines, boundaries, and monitoring that will open dialogue and prevent problems before they happen. Dr. Bennett’s background as a parent and a psychologist translates to a very relatable presentation based on real life situations and clinical experience. It’s an education that all parents can benefit from.”
“Dr. Bennett’s resources and stories were extremely relevant and easy to understand and to implement. I particularly appreciated her examples of how to talk with children, especially inviting them to ‘do the work’ researching different apps, making a persuasive argument and also the wonderful question, “what do you think?” to help them develop their critical thinking skills. A rich evening!”
“Dr. Bennett was a complete joy to work with! She gave the parents at our church and people from the community important information on internet safety. Internet safety is so important for our children, and Dr. Bennett does a wonderful job at helping parents gain knowledge in this arena. I would recommend anyone with children to attend one of her trainings!”
“Dr. Bennett’s presentation is a must for parents of elementary and middle school students. The information she presents empowers parents to take the lead in their children’s cyber world. Thank you for providing us with valuable information to keep our kids safe!”
“As Digital Dads of young kids the issue of screen time is a hot topic around our house. Finding Tracy (she gave us permission to call her that) online we immediately knew we wanted to have her on our show to discuss it. Come to find out, not only is she incredibly knowledgeable but also has a fantastic sense of humor. A great guest all the way around we can’t wait to have her on again.”
“At Ten to Twenty Parenting, one of the biggest concerns that parents have when it comes to raising teens and tweens is how connected they are. Parents worry their children are seeing things and posting things that are well beyond them age-wise. Tracy is able to speak to parents in a language they understand and can relate to. She offers wisdom and expertise that is exactly what parents need to navigate an area they may not know much about.”
“If there was ever an uber-Mom who’s also a psychological savant and an internet genius, It’s Dr. Tracy Bennett. She’s the real deal!” Dr. Wendy Walsh, Author of The 30-Day Love Detox and Emmy award nominee.
“As the Director of The Girls Empowerment Workshop, where we educate teen girls, it is vital we find resources to educate ourselves. As a parent raising kids in a world filled with ever changing cyber connections, it is vital we learn how to navigate and keep our kids aware and safe. Finding Tracy and hearing her speak was exactly what both of these areas need. She is a calm, funny, down to earth woman with an abundance and wealth of knowledge and experience which she shares in a way anyone can grasp and utilize in their own family and profession. I plan to have Tracy back to speak to our community again about GetKidsInternetSafe, and I am grateful to have met Tracy, who has educated me in areas I thought I was well versed. Every community, school and organization needs to have Tracy come speak.”
“I had the pleasure of interviewing Tracy Bennett on my show Creating Change. I really enjoyed the conversation and Tracy shared insightful and important tips about safety in this internet age. As a podcast producer and parent, I found Tracy and her message to be professional, profound and important. I would highly recommend her as a podcast guest.”
“The presentation at Saint Mary Magdalen School by Dr. Bennett helped to open the eyes of everyone in the audience about the need for parents to educate themselves about current technology as well as engage their children in meaningful dialogue about the healthy use of technology. As primary educators, this is a big task for parents and it is helpful to have someone like Dr. Bennett as a resource and guide.”