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Sample Speaking Topics from Previous Conferences and Sessions:
The Goal for Young People – Powerful Identity
Goals for parenting, educating and youth ministry include empowering them and helping them realize who they are in Christ! Powerful and not pitiful.
God’s House = An Equipping Station for the Kingdom
…I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you (CHILDREN & YOUTH), with power through his Spirit in your (their) inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your (their) hearts through faith.
And I pray that you ((CHILDREN & YOUTH), being rooted and established in love, may have power,
together with all the Lord’s holy people (the whole church),
to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge (human wisdom, college, business savvy, street smarts)—
that you (CHILDREN & YOUTH), may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
10 Common Mistakes of Parents with Tech Savvy Kids &
10 Potential Solutions for Improved Internet Safety
“True internet safety” is an oxymoron. As parents we can implement precautionary internet safety systems to filter content, block unwanted addresses, limit time, and monitor chats. However, tech savvy kids sometimes discover ways to break through internet safety nets just for the challenge.
In this workshop we will discuss 10 common mistakes we parents make when protecting our children online and 10 practical potential solutions.
There many tools we parents can utilize to protect our children. Instilling integrity and wisdom is the best safeguard to truly help kids stay safe. In this talk will review character and technology based options to protect your children.
In this workshop for parents, caretakers and educators, participants will be equipped with strategies and techniques to protect their children and tech savvy youth, and will be given a list of resources.
Anti Human Trafficking Trip Preview – Athens, Greece
*Warning – explicit subject matter *
In preparation for our summer trip to Athens Greece to Nea Zoi and Threads of Hope ministries, I spoke on the human trafficking dilemma in Greece.
SnS = Social and Safe
Texting, avoiding predators’, cyber bullying and internet addictions
Teens and youth often have greater tech savvy than the adults in their lives. Since it comes more naturally to them, we will briefly assess their knowledge base as the experts and discuss internet safety options they have available.
Communication has many nicknames and forms these days. Snapchat, Viber, Kik, LINE, WhatsApp, Vine, Tellit, iMessage, Moped, and Facebook Messenger are a few. We will also throw Skype, Tango, Oovoo and Livestream into the mix. Options and safety concerns will be reviewed.
Everyone knows there are predators online. What many do not know is the estimated 50,000 online at any given moment. We will expose the strategies predators use to “groom” and lure in even tech savvy youth. We will discuss where predators hang out and why. Precautions will be shared for youth to make informed decisions when using their social media.
The complexities of cyberbullying are vast. We will talk about how to avoid it and handle it when it happens.
Internet addictions are common these days. We will frankly discuss these addictions and share avenues to break free. Overall, students will be more informed about key issues faced online daily and will be encouraged to partner with God to reach out for support when needed.
Internet Safety to Protect Your Children:
A Preschool to High School Plan
We have all benefited from great technology advances, but we also want to protect our children online.Tech savvy teens are clearly the most at risk since they typically explore broadly online. Innocent elementary school aged children are exposed to inappropriate content when using search engines and playing games. Preschooler screen time is also a factor; learning issues have been debated with increased use of technology. In this workshop for parents and caregivers we will discuss how to assess and then design a workable system for your family.
If your children use social media, chat rooms, instant messages, mobile technology with texting or internet, gaming consoles, online games or search engines… they will need protection from numerous online predators, explicit content, cyber bullies, and identity thieves.
What can we do?
With God’s help, we can make informed character-based internet safety decisions for our families.
Creating a family plan is a good start to spread an internet safety net.
Glue on Our Kids to Help “Stick” Them to God?
We can ask God how to “glue” our children to Him so they have a better chance of sticking. God, in His mercy gently leads parents in the path we should take to encourage our children to live a full life with our King.
“Sticking” means our children stay connected to Him in their daily lives.
Sticky notes tend to wear out and eventually fall off paper. Statistics from Barna studies show… most kids who grow up Christian drift away from their faith when they leave home, about 56-80%. They start by losing interest in church and the “Christian culture” and drift from there. Instead…we want our kids to “stick” to God like Rhino glue, the strongest in the world.
Tips, resources and strategies will be shared on stages from the womb to the high school years that will encourage “stickiness”.
Just Getting Started Homeschooling or Making Transitions?
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Newcomers to the homeschool world have an amazing array of options that can potentially lead to dizziness and overwhelm. There are not only curriculum, technology, coop and learning style options to consider but also financial issues that weigh into decision-making. Fortunately, God provides wisdom and guidance to those who are “newbie” homeschoolers.
New homeschool families will be strengthened and equipped to prayerfully make informed decisions and take their first steps as homeschoolers.
God’s counsel also helps those who may be praying through homeschool transitions due to family situations, pregnancies, relocations or simply realizations that “our curriculum is not working”.
Confidently navigate through this process with His support.
We will discuss decision making methods.
Recommendations also will be made to help “homeschool curriculum fanatics” who switch homeschool methods and materials so often that they drive themselves crazy.