Media Savvy Moms
Summary: Media Savvy Moms is a podcast by ParentsAware, an organization dedicated to helping parents talk to kids and teens about pornography and healthy sexuality. Who knew honest conversations about parenting and pornography could be so laid-back and fun? Join in for a series of chats and interviews to help parents tackle this challenging topic with their kids. These two ladies take a light-hearted, down-to-earth approach you will love. With more than a decade of experience between the two of them in the Movement to End Sexual Exploitation, Marilyn Evans (founder of Parents Aware) and Melody Bergman (blogger at Mama Crossroads) have an abundance of resources to share, and a thriving network of guest experts to bring on the show! Topics include prevention, exposure, addiction, healing, communication strategies, technology & filters, and more. Parent questions are welcome and encouraged. For complete show notes, visit parentsaware.info.
Child sexual abuse. It’s a serious topic with no easy answers. It can hurt just thinking about it—no matter whose child it affects. So what are we to do? Do we close our eyes, try to think of happier thoughts, and wish for it to all go away? No! We do what we can do. We control what we can control. We teach children about body safety. We give them the best protective information we can. For complete show notes, visit ParentsAware.info and click on Podcast.
Do you have a child who is obsessed with anime? Are you freaking out? Or maybe you just want to know what all the hype is about. What is anime? Is it dangerous? If so, how can I protect my kids? Is there any way to safely enjoy anime? For complete show notes, visit ParentsAware.info and click on Podcast.
Kids will explore their bodies. It’s natural. Should we talk about masturbation with them? If so, when? Most parents just don’t know how to begin. But ignoring the topic won’t help our children. As parents, it’s our job to help our kids make sense of even the trickiest topics, including masturbation and the danger of pairing it with pornography. For complete show notes, visit ParentsAware.info
Are the porn talk and the sex talk related? They should be! It’s time to consider how media and porn culture are affecting our kids’ sexual development. But first we have to see our kids as sexual beings. Say what? How in the world do we get there? For complete show notes, visit ParentsAware.info and click on Podcast. *WARNING: This episode contains brief descriptions of sexually graphic content.*
Parents everywhere are mourning the loss of “the most wonderful time of the year”—that sweet spot when our lives return to a predictable routine. (Or so we like to tell ourselves!) With COVID-19, the return to school looks different. Thousands of families have started out the year in virtual school—at home. As the weeks go on, they’re discovering that it’s anything but normal. For complete show notes, visit ParentsAware.info and click on Podcast.
Can you believe it? We’re back to school and STILL stuck in this crazy pandemic. And like it or not, many kids are doing virtual school, at least part time. Some are 100% virtual. Are you panicking? Are you wondering … Is virtual school a safe environment for my kids? For complete show notes, visit ParentsAware.info and click on Podcast.
Does it feel like you need a degree in computer science just to keep up with your kids online? Do you hyperventilate everytime you think about their digital safety and what you might be missing? Well, what if there was an EASY way to make sense of routers, filters and parental controls? Would you want that? … Absolutely! For complete show notes, visit ParentsAware.info
How much screen time is healthy? Ask extended family, friends, or the people next door, and chances are, recommendations will be all over the place. But what do the experts say? And what about COVID-19 and social isolation—when all our best-laid plans are falling to pieces?! Let’s talk about it! For complete show notes, visit ParentsAware.info and click on Podcast.
We have a porn problem. To fix it we need to get it out in the open. Yes, we’re getting better at acknowledging that porn targets kids. But we still talk in generalities. Like it’s something that's out there. When in reality it’s in here. It’s in our homes. It’s part of our kids’ lives. And to help them we need to start talking to other parents about our real worries and concerns. For complete show notes, visit ParentsAware.info and click on Podcast.
Kids are curious. And that’s important. They learn and grow by exploring the world around them. But it can terrify us too. What if their curiosity leads to danger? So we give warnings and have protective conversations. We guide and direct them toward safe, healthy choices. And in our media-saturated world, that also means talking about porn and why it’s harmful. For complete show notes, visit ParentsAware.info
What if my spouse is addicted to porn? Do I have a choice? What can I do to protect myself? Will his addiction impact our children? What can I do to protect them? Is it even possible to have marriage free from porn? How can I fight for love? How can I fight for my family? For complete show notes, visit ParentsAware.info
Kids are hilarious, sweet, funny, joyful and INNOCENT! But growing up in a media-saturated world is tough business. There’s a lot that can threaten childhood innocence. Parents worry and wonder what is the best way to shelter kids. What if we looked at the issue differently? For complete show notes, visit ParentsAware.info
Whose fight is this? You know us. We are moms—media savvy moms. We’re concerned about kids, family, and relationships. But ours is not the only voice needed. Nor is it the only voice being heard. We stand alongside amazing dads. Dads who have a vision for a world without exploitation. It’s this gentle strength of dads to fight porn that will help change the world. For complete podcast notes, visit ParentsAware.info
There’s no question. In our media saturated world, our kids will be exposed to porn at some point. But what’s the right age to start talking about it? For complete show notes, visit ParentsAware.info
What do you do when you’ve been taught one thing and your day-to-day experience is completely different? Things don’t add up. You question everything but have nowhere to go for answers. You start to believe that there’s no one else like you. How can I be a girl and like pornography? How can I be a woman and be addicted? Where do I place all this shame? For complete podcast notes, visit ParentsAware.info