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Media Bio

Lisa Honold is a certified Positive Discipline parent educator and Cyber Safety expert who teaches parents and schools how to stop fighting with kids over screen time. 

As the Director for the Center for Online Safety, Lisa’s work has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, and she was a speaker at the “Empowered Parenting Summit 2020”, presented at the WSSDA annual convention 2019, facilitated discussions for the documentaries “Screenagers” and “LIKE”, and has presented workshops at various libraries and school districts. 

Lisa specializes in helping parents eliminate arguments over screen time, using easy ways to limit and monitor children online and teaching children the basics of being good digital citizens.

She lives on an island outside of Seattle, WA with her husband and three tech-loving teens and tweens.

Discussion Topics:

  • The three mistakes parents make when they try to set up rules for screen time
  • How parents can have confidence kids are doing online schooling, not scrolling TikTok or playing Minecraft
  • “Sideways conversations”: how to talk so kids and parents are on the same side collaborating
  • How to stop fighting over screen time
  • How the Family Check-In can set your day up for success
  • The Tech Reset Framework
  • The “Five Steps to YES” for Apps and Video Games
  • How to use apps and online resources to manage screen time
  • Why parents and schools should be teaching kids “Intentional Screen Time”
  • The benefits of doing a Tech Cleanse and how to start one in your family

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Worried about midnight gadget use? The questions to ask before Sleepovers

This article is about kids using screen time excessively at night and the trouble they can get into. Alone and with peers.

For Kids, Free Time Equals Screen Time 

This article is about screen time becoming the “go to” for kids when they’re bored, lonely or have an extra minute and what parents can do to change this attitude.

Wall Street Journal article includes a link to my 100+ Offline Activities for Kids


Five Steps to YES for Video Games and Online Apps (aka “Is Fortnite Really Okay for my Kids?”)

How do you know which online games and social media are okay for your child? Lisa Honold from the Center for Online Safety will be talking about her “Five Steps to Yes” Process. You’ll learn where to start, the one website you need to bookmark and the review process that’s critical. We’ll also talk about how to take back a “yes” when the game or app is driving you crazy. 

Teens & Screens Parent Summit presented by Joyful Courage.

Hear Casey O’Roarty, host of the Joyful Courage Parenting Summit, interview Lisa Honold, Director of the Center for Online Safety, as they discuss setting limits on screens at different ages, how to re-set boundaries when they’ve slipped and effective conversation starters to end the power struggles over screen time.

Teen mental health is a real issue these days – and mental health can absolutely be affected by the ways our teens are using technology. What makes this summit special is the candid authenticity Casey brings to each of the conversations. She keeps things honest and doesn’t shy away from how MESSY these years are for parents. You will hear her diverse panel of experts talk about our teens attachment to their phones, setting limits and online safety, gaming, tech and the brain, and social media and online predators. (Recordings available here.)

What can parents DO about all that screen time for kids?

While we were home 24/7, many kids and teens were on screens more than ever before. They used technology for school, they used technology to connect, they used it to entertain themselves. But summer is here and many parents are asking how they can decrease the amount of time that kids are on screens — ideally, without creating power struggles.

Hear Rachel Bailey, host of Your Parenting Long Game Podcast, interview Lisa Honold, Director of the Center for Online Safety, as they discuss parents’ role in online safety, whether the difference in type of screen time matters, how to track and monitor what kids are doing online, how to approach our kids and teens when it comes to reducing the amount of times they spend on screens… and even how we should deal with the guilt we’ve had over how we’ve let them use screens in the past. 

How much screen time is TOO much?

When it comes to kids and electronics, there are a lot of opinions and potential troubles. 

How much is too much screen time? How do parents get them off their screens without causing meltdowns? Should kids even have screen time at all?

In this episode of Exceptional Parenting Podcast with Wendy Bertagnole, Lisa Honold, Director of the Center for Online Safety, helps answer all those questions and teaches parents how to avoid the three biggest mistakes when setting screen time rules. 

We also dive into realistic, research-based strategies to help kids navigate screens safely. 

Screen-time Management

How do you know you kids are actually doing online school and not playing Minecraft or scrolling TikTok?

Kids who are online for school and homework are often distracted by games and social media. With The Tech Reset Framework, you can help your kids manage schoolwork first. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll set your kids up for success and make your life easier with two must-have apps, a simple check-in and three critical screen time rules.

Jill Wolf gathered 26 experts to address parent concerns around Pandemic Schooling this Fall, whether they plan to homeschool, school 100% online, hybrid school or physically send students to school. There are specific tools and resources parents need right now. 


How to be an Empowered Parent with Screen Time

Imagine raising the kind of person you’d actually want to know and spend time with!? Thankfully, it’s possible!

Join me and 28 top-rated, parenting experts as I am interviewed by Debbie Zeichner, host of the “Becoming an Empowered Parent” FREE online series, offering expert tools for embracing imperfection, building connection and creating more peace and joy within your family.

Online safety and peacefully parenting all those challenging screen time conversations is my focus.

Discover expert advice, tools, and practical strategies for reducing stress, frustration and overwhelm, so you can focus on raising kind, compassionate, confident and resilient kids — while BEING the present and joyful parent you’ve always envisioned. These are the very tools which have benefitted my own family and I’m confident they will benefit yours as well! 

2019: Educating Digital Natives: How Schools Can Be the Bridge to Online Safety

Washington State School Director’s Association Annual Conference

Explore the school board’s role in the online safety of students. Learn how schools can bridge the gap in online safety, partner with parents for innovative solutions and ultimately, teach parents to be leaders in cyber safety.

“How ‘The Talk’ Can Help Keep Your Kids Safer Online” Webinar with Amy Lang

Here’s the thing… your kids are curious. They’re going to stumble onto pornography. (Yes, it’s not IF they will, it’s WHEN. These days the average age a child sees porn is 11 years old.)

Amy Lang of Birds+Bees+Kids is an expert who will walk you through what to say and when to say it. I’ll be co-hosting and adding some cyber safety tips and resources. Parenting is hard but we’ll make this part easier.

Connected Carers Summit

Amanda Parker is a certified Confidence Coach for underprivileged youth and works with foster kids and families. She’s created a summit to foster families, as well as all families who strive to lovingly support their kids.

Online safety and how to approach screen time rules with respect and humor was my topic.

Parents Planning Ahead for Virtual Learning

Learn a portion of my proprietary system The Tech Reset: the two apps every parent needs to try and the exact script parents need to start with to take back screen time in this summit interview by Karima Davis of My Tutor Partners 

Apparently Parenting Podcast episode #29

Expert Compilation

Worried about how the next school year is going to look like? Afraid to send your kids back to school? Or feeling stressed about another year of remote learning?

Eran Katz of Apparently Parenting interviews a dozen parenting experts to get their advice for parents in this unique time.

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