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Frustrated trying to manage your child's media devices?

Most parents report that their children spend too much time with screens and that they feel overwhelmed and unprepared to manage their children’s screen time.

The Tech Parenting Program offers workshops aimed at helping parents of children between 5-12 years-old to effectively set parental controls and manage their child's use of smartphones, tablets, video games, and other technological devices.

The Tech Parenting workshop includes:

  • Media management tips and resources
  • Learning how to talk to children about their screen time
  • How to make screen time into a fun family activity
  • Learning the differences between healthy and unhealthy screen time
  • Hands-on assistance with setting parental controls on your devices at home
  • Guidance on how to make a family media plan
  • Three follow-up consultations with feedback on your child’s screen time

Dr. Justin Parent assists parents during a workshop in a classroom

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long is the workshop?

    The workshop is two hours long and has two parts. 

    • Part 1 focused on learning new skills in groups
      • Learning how to talk to children about their screen time
      • How to make screen time into a fun family activity
      • Learning the differences between healthy and unhealthy screen time
    • Part 2 is all about your family
      • Receive guidance on making a family media plan
      • Learn how to set parental controls on your devices
      • Learn how to set screen time limits on your devices
  • When are the workshops?

    We offer new workshops every month! We plan dates and times based on families' availability, but average times are Mondays at 5:30 p.m. Morning and Saturday sessions are also available based on demand.

  • Who should come to the workshop?

    Parents and co-parents of children ages 5-12. Children do not attend the workshop, but we offer child care if you request this at least one week prior to attending the workshop. In the future, we hope to offer workshops for parents of teenagers that will include a youth portion of the workshop. If you are interested in this, please let us know!

  • Where are the workshops?

    Most tech parenting workshops are held at the Center for Children and Families at FIU. Once you sign-up for a workshop, a program assistant will provide you with more details and parking instructions. We also offer workshops at schools based on demand and willingness of the elementary school to host one of the workshops.

  • How much does the workshop cost?

    The base price for the workshop is $50, which includes attendance for one of the tech parenting workshops and up to three phone/video check-ins with a tech parenting expert. Families that choose to participate in a research study evaluating the long-term impact of the workshop on child and family well-being will get a 50% reduction in the cost. Families participating in research will also be eligible to receive a monthly newsletter that includes new tech parenting tips from Dr. Parent and the CFW team. 

  • What does my involvement entail?

    All parents are required to complete a brief survey before and after the workshop to help evaluate our program. Parents may also choose to complete follow-up questions as part of a research study.