Thanks for a great virtual walk today!
Social Media in the Time of Social Distancing: 
Protecting your Children, Tots to Teens
Dear Walkers,

Thank you to those of you who joined us live for our April 2021 virtual Walk with a Doc!

For the April 2021 walk, we welcomed Dr. Candice Fortunato who gave a brief, family-friendly talk on Social Media in the Time of Social Distancing: Protecting your Children, Tots to Teens and then took parent questions live.

Dr. Fortunato Resources
In her talk, Dr. Fortunato shared these resources for parents to support their efforts to protect their children online. Check them out!
Wait Until 8th

The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade. By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over the kids having a smartphone.

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Bark - Best Parental Control Monitoring App for iPhone & ...

In partnership with parents and schools: 5.5 million children protected. 16 school shootings prevented. 158 thousand severe self-harm situations detected. Bark's affordable, award-winning dashboard proactively monitors text messages, YouTube,...

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Reviews for what your kids want to watch (before they...

Common Sense Media is the leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families. Parents trust our expert reviews and objective advice.

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Life360 - The New Family Circle

Life360 is on a mission to bring families closer with comprehensive safety and coordination features for life at home and on the go - all in one place. We offer peace of mind designed for modern life, including a full range of support from live...

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Protect Young Eyes: Internet Safety for Families,...

Protect Young Eyes explains digital trends, social media, & parental controls. We teach internet safety via webinars, our app, & live talks.

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Since 1998, NCMEC has operated the CyberTipline, a place where the public and electronic service providers can report suspected online and offline child sexual exploitation. The millions of reports made each year uniquely situate NCMEC to...

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AAP Parenting Resources
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers parents up-to-date parenting information on a wide range of pediatric topics. Here are a few on-point with our talk this month.

Follow these links to learn more (all links are available in English and Spanish by pressing the link at the very top of each page to change language).
Give Your Child's Eyes a Screen-Time Break: Here's Why

​​​​​​​​Children spend more time than ever staring at digital screens-on computers, tablets, TVs, smartphones, and other devices. All that screen time can take a toll on children's wellbeing, including how their eyes may feel. ​ Research shows...

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Parents of Young Children: Put Down Your Smartphones

Parents today are more pressed for time than any other generation of parents-and constantly connected. Largely thanks to the smartphone, parents often find it difficult to separate from their hand-held devices. Checking your phone has become both ...

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Kids & Tech: Tips for Parents in the Digital Age

​​In a world where children are "growing up digital," it's important to help them learn healthy concepts of digital use and citizenship. Parents play an important role in teaching these skills. Treat media as you would any other environment in...

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How to Make a Family Media Use Plan

​​From TV to smartphones to social media, our lives are dominated by 24/7 media exposure. Despite this, many children and teens have few rules around their media use. Parents, help your children balance their online and off-line lives! ​ ​​Visit...

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Constantly Connected: Adverse Effects of Media on...

​Today's children and teens are growing up immersed in digital media. They are exposed to media in all forms, including TV, computers, smartphones, and other screens. Media can influence how children and teens feel, learn, think, and behave. Here ...

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10 No-Cost, Screen-Free Activities to Play with Your...

Most parents want to provide more for their children than their parents were able to do for them. But, have you ever noticed how kids tend to have fun with things as simple as a cardboard box? It's true.

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Next Walks on
Sunday, May 9 (English)
Sunday, May 16 (Spanish)
When it is safe to do so, we will resume our in-person walks in Las Vegas and Reno.

In the meantime:
  • Keep walking every day
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Bring water
  • Keep 6 feet from other people
  • For everyone 2 years and older, wear a mask when you can't socially distance

We hope to "see" you at our future virtual walks. We will send registration details and a flyer soon.