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May 21, 2024

Navigating Teen Tech: Turning 13 & Online Responsibility

Hey there, Parenting Cipher listeners! I'm your host, Genie Dawkins, and today's episode is a special one as we delve into a significant milestone: the 13th birthday. Join me and my son, Zavier, as we navigate the pivotal moment when he gains full control over his Google account—an event marked by a simple email but loaded with responsibility.

We'll share our journey of setting up recovery options, choosing what data to share, and handling those ever-important location settings. Plus, I'll reflect on the importance of parental involvement in these tech conversations and what it means for our children's safety and growth.

As always, we'll listen to some great music that highlights this new chapter, including "Black Gold" by Flying Lotus from the Yasuke soundtrack, symbolizing Xavier's new teenage identity. And, of course, I'll be sharing my personal experiences, from dealing with Xavier's sensory disorder to handling bullying at school, all while preparing him for this new level of independence.

Stick around for expert insights from previous guests Dr. Jodi Aman, Dr. Simone Alicia, and Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov, whose wisdom helps guide us through setting boundaries, managing online safety, and fostering self-esteem. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and join us for this deeply personal and enlightening episode of The Parenting Cipher.

Key Takeaways:

- The significance of turning 13 and the responsibilities that come with it.

- Steps for setting up technology settings safely with your teenager.

- The importance of parental involvement in conversations about technology and responsibility.

- Lessons from experts Jody Aman, Simone Alicia, and Elizabeth on guiding teenagers in managing online safety.

- Impact on a teenager's sense of agency, self-esteem, and responsibility.

- Strategies for ensuring clear expectations and boundaries regarding technology use.


03:58 Google account supervision for kids over 13

09:42 "Why not empower him with tech?"

10:51 Giving children agency reduces anxiety and rebellion.

15:57 Reflecting on conversations, empowering son's growing independence.

18:06 YouTube ads and parental controls for kids.

Links and Resources:


1. "Turning 13 is a milestone, not just for our children, but for us as parents as we balance their newfound independence with ensuring they are safe." – Genie Dawkins

2. "Conversations about technology use and boundaries are essential. It's about building trust and setting clear expectations." – Genie Dawkins

3. "Empowering our teenagers with responsibilities can boost their self-esteem and sense of agency, but we have to guide them in managing those responsibilities." – Genie Dawkins


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Speaker Biographies:

Genie Dawkins

Genie Dawkins is a dedicated and passionate advocate for parents navigating the challenges of raising children in a tech-savvy world. As the host of "The Parenting Cipher," she shares her experiences and insights into effective parenting strategies, often inspired by her journey with her own children. Genie’s candid reflections and thoughtful conversations help listeners understand and tackle the complexities of modern parenting.

Join us in this episode as we delve into the journey of empowering our teenagers with the right technological tools while ensuring their safety and growth. Tune in to "The Parenting Cipher" and be part of the conversation!

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