Monday 13 July 2020
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Internet Safety for Parents with Tom Kersting

Internet Safety for Parents with Tom Kersting

Internet Safety for Parent with Tom Kersting

This interview is part of a special series by intrepidNOW Lifestyle on Internet Safety. The series is targeted at parents that know that they must protect their children from the dangers of online access but are not quite sure how.  We will interview the experts and share their prescriptive advice.

GUEST: Tom Kersting, Author and Psychotherapist at Valley Family Counseling

Tom joined us to share his advice for parents on many aspects of internet safety and to tell us about his new book, Disconnected: How To Reconnect Our Device Dependent Kids.  Specifically, we talked with Tom about the following:

  1. (3:14) What is “acquired anxiety disorder” and how does it relate to technology use?
  2. (4:44) What does technology have to do with the reduction in emotional intelligence (EQ)
  3. (6:41) How is technology and social media affecting kids’ self-esteems?
  4. (8:07) You have a chapter in your book called “Parenting From a Distance”. Will you explain?
  5. (9:56) My favorite chapter in the book is entitled “The Multitasking Brains of Kids”.  Will you please walk us through the discussion on multitasking?
  6. (12:03) Exactly how many hours per day are kids spending in front of screens?
  7. (14:34) How do we solve this problem of over-stimulated kids?

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About Tom Kersting

Tom is the founder and owner of Valley Family Counseling LLC, which has been serving people in Bergen County since 2000. He is one of the most sought-after experts in the field of mental health, families and relationships as he provides advice to millions of people through regular television appearances, radio and print media in addition to private sessions.

Tom is also a nationally renowned psychotherapist, author and television personality.  Tom is the co-host of two former A&E Network television series’, Surviving Marriage and Monster In Laws. He is a regular contributor for Fox New and appears regularly on the most popular talk shows and news shows providing expert advice on parenting, relationships and wellness. Tom has hosted television series’ for A&E Network, National Geographic Channel, Food Network and Oprah’s Wellness Network.


New Book!

Click here to purchase Tom’s new book, Disconnected: How To Reconnect Our Device Dependent Kids.

We see it everywhere: at the park, in restaurants, and inside our homes and cars—kids connected to handheld devices and disconnected from the world around them. According to the latest research, the average thirteen-year-old spends eight hours per day, seven days a week, glued to a screen. Yes, this is problematic, but for every problem there is a solution.

In Disconnected, renowned psychotherapist and longtime school counselor Tom Kersting explores the device-dependent world our children live in and how it is impacting their mental and emotional well-being. Research shows that too much time in the cyber world is re-wiring kids’ brains, affecting their ability to flourish in the real world as anxiety, depression, and attention issues soar.

Thankfully, it is not too late to save our children. Kersting provides simple strategies to help reduce screen time as well as a host of meditative and mindfulness techniques to help our kids reclaim their brains, and their lives.


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