I would be happy to give a presentation to your organization, workplace or school. See some of my previous public appearances and speaking engagements.
Happier Babies / Happier Parents
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no television for children under two, but following that recommendation can be easier said than done. The good news is that babies and toddlers who don't watch television become better at entertaining themselves and that makes parenting easier, too. Learn about the advantages of having children who are not hooked on television. Explore ways to build community, enlist help from others and find creative ways to get a break without relying on TV. (Recommended for expectant and new parents)
Alternatives to the Electronic Babysitter
The more television children watch, the more likely they are to suffer from obesity, attention disorders and poor academic performance. Learn about the benefits of limiting (or doing without) television and video games, including improvements in children's health, social skills, school performance, connection to nature, imagination and ability to focus. Explore ways to increase creativity, build community and help kids feel included without TV and video games. Teach kids to become more media literate and less vulnerable to the constant barrage of advertising. (Recommended for parents with children of all ages)
Go Outside and Play (for kids)
Empower kids with the tools they need to enjoy screen-free activities and become more media literate. In this hands-on workshop utilizing theater and humor, kids learn healthier ways to be with their friends, manage their free time and zone out without relying on television and video games (maybe even getting outdoors). Through analyzing commercial messages and embedded advertising, they also will become more savvy consumers who are better able to think for themselves and resist unwanted peer pressure. (Designed for the classroom setting for children grades 1-12)
Just in time for TV-Turnoff Week! If you've ever threatened to throw out that TV set but can't imagine how you would survive without it, this workshop is for you. Learn creative ways to manage TV withdrawal, such as teaming up with others who share your goals. In television's place, discover forgotten pleasures, including reading, playing board games, going on walks (probably in the rain), hiking, gardening, baking, singing, talking and simply daydreaming. (Recommended for anyone of any age)
Raising Your Media Literacy IQ
Does the Coca Cola Corporation have the best interests of kids in mind? Are we being deceived by campaign advertising? Learn how to recognize and evaluate the sources of advertising, deconstruct media messages and become less vulnerable to media manipulation. Discuss the effects of excessive exposure to advertising, including increased consumerism, stress on the environment and an inability to make informed political decisions. Learn about marketing policies in other countries, such as Sweden and Norway, which do not permit any television advertising directed at children under 12. (For ages 8 to adult)
Articles about media and other topics tailored to your publication (see other writing)
One-on-one sessions available on any of the above topics
Workshop and Speaking Fees:
Sliding scale available to non-profit organizations
Join the online TV-Free Parenting Yahoo Group and chat with others who are raising kids with little or no TV and video games. Group is open to parents and non-parents alike.
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