Episode 028: Dina Alexander – Body Image and Technology

About Dina

Dina Alexander is the founder and president of Educate and Empower Kids (educateempowerkids.org), an organization determined to strengthen families by teaching digital citizenship, media literacy, and healthy sexuality education—including education about the dangers of online porn. She is the creator of Noah’s New Phone: A Story About Using Technology for Good, Messages About Me: A Journey to Healthy Body Image, How to Talk to Your Kids About Pornography and the 30 Days of Sex Talks and 30 Days to a Stronger Child programs. She received her master’s degree in recreation therapy from the University of Utah and her bachelors from Brigham Young University. She is an amazing mom and loves spending time with her husband and three kids. Together, they live in Texas.

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From this Episode

Our kids need to be stronger than we are.  Our kids experience much tougher issues than we could have imagined as kids.  We need to be able to open up and have tough conversations with our kids about these issues.

Smart phones are shaping our kids’ realities

Be deliberate with the time we spend with our kids and the conversations we have.  Visualize what kind of adults you hope your kids become.

Be deliberate about the activities you allow your kids to engage in, whether digital or otherwise.

Be the example by showing them that your relationship with them is more important than our devices.

Consume media that reflect your values.

It’s a habit, a practice that you develop over time.  Regularly reevaluate habits to determine if they fit your values.

Seek out useful ways to use technology, and set boundaries.

Be deliberate for yourself!  Set a timer for limiting your own.

Our phones have become coping tools.  Part of the conversation is asking our family what we do when we are tired, stressed, or alone.

Always speak kindly about our bodies.

Give our kids compliments about their character, and the abilities of their minds and  bodies beyond aesthetics and looks.

Give our kids opportunities to succeed so it develops their confidence and abilities, and sense of accomplishment. See Episode 020 with Merrilee Boyack.

Focus on health practices rather than body image.

Don’t label foods as good or bad. (See EllynSatterInstitute.org)

Keep sports fun for as long as you can.

Be deliberate about what sports, and programs you select for your kids.  Do they bring you closer to your goals?  Talk to the teachers about your values.

“Stand tall Molly Lou Melon” by Patty Lovell

“Beauty Redefined” web site

Speak kindly to yourself.

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About the author, Jodi

I live in Richmond, Virginia with my husband, Michael, and our four young kids. We homeschool, and work remotely, so I guess we may take this on the road some day! I have a bachelor's degree from George Mason University in Health Promotion Studies, but I attended five different universities before finally finishing while I was expecting my third baby! I'm a returned missionary from the Hawaii Honolulu Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm sort of a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none, but I do enjoy reading personal development and parenting books, finding new ways to enjoy exercising, and learning more about being an entrepreneur.

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