ScreenStrong Families

The Wired Child with Dr. Richard Freed (#71)

October 06, 2021 Richard Freed
ScreenStrong Families
The Wired Child with Dr. Richard Freed (#71)
Show Notes

Dr. Richard Freed, author of our book of the month, Wired Child, is a practicing Clinical Psychologist and supervisor studying the effects of  technology on children. He is  on the advisory board of ScreenStrong as well as a contributor to many publications.

In part 1 of 2 interviews, Melanie and Richard share a passionate conversation about the lies and myths being promoted by the tech industry and how it has manipulated the way we have parented over the last 15+ years. They discuss how under the guise of “empowerment” and “getting ahead,” the tech industry sold us myths that we grabbed hold of and continue to cling to as technology exploded with popularity in our culture.  In actuality, the effects of toxic screen use and media exposure is constantly undermining the two most important factors in our children’s well-being: family connections and school engagement. 

This episode is one that you will want to listen to at least twice and inspire you to join us in reading Dr. Fred’s book, Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age

Stay tuned for Part 2 when Melanie and Richard talk about solutions. 

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Production Team:

  • Host: Melanie Hempe
  • Producer & Audio Editor: Olivia Kernekin