Adolescence Childhood

Children, teenagers and screens: How to deal with it all! 

Expert: Dr Rachel Melville Thomas 
Masterclass structure: 12 lessons (36:13 minutes)

Also available in podcast: Listen here.

About this class

What is the right age to give your child their first phone? Has your teenager disappeared in their screen? How to avoid fighting over the phone? Should I check my child’s phone? If you have ever wondered about these questions or are struggling to handle screens within your household, this masterclass is definitely for you. Dr Melville Thomas gives very practical tips to help you navigate this tricky aspect of parenting. This masterclass is of interest to all parents.

You can find more resources on this topic here. 

About the expert

Rachel Melville Thomas qualified from the British Association of Psychotherapists and worked for many years at the University College Hospital (UCH), London, helping children and their families understand and cope with illness, surgery and chronic disease. During her time at UCH, she was involved in the training of paediatricians, nurses and radiology staff, helping to improve communication with their young patients.

She also has extensive experience in NHS Child and Family Psychological Services, schools, special needs provision and in private practice working with wide range of child and adolescent difficulties. These include anxiety, depression, psychosomatic and eating disorders, as well as children with learning difficulties. Rachel has a special interest in helping kids with everyday worries, and also works extensively with children with social communication problems.

During her time in the USA, she qualified as a Movement Therapist at Hahnemann Medical University, Philadelphia, (M.A. Creative Arts in Therapy) which focused on using non-verbal and creative therapies in child and adult psychiatry. She was part of the innovative team at the Laban Centre London, extensively lecturing and supervising trainees, and helping to establish the first accredited Master’s degree course in Movement Therapy in Europe in 1985.

Rachel is an accomplished radio broadcaster for the BBC in the UK since 2001 and also had a popular weekly radio show ‘Kids In Mind’ on World Radio Switzerland for many years.

Her unique approach of understanding the child whilst offering simple and practical ideas to try has helped and supported numerous parents and carers around the world.

Lessons in this class

12 Lessons (36:13min)
The complete masterclass 38:14
1. Lesson - Meet your expert 0:42
2. Lesson - The difference between screen time and screen use 3:44
3. Lesson - How does our screen use influence our children? 2:12
4. Lesson - Restaurants, screens and boredom 4:25
5. Lesson - Considering social media 9:01
6. Lesson - Screens, bedrooms and night time 2:32
7. Lesson - When to give your child their first phone? 3:22
8. Lesson - Should you check your child's phone? 3:29
9. Lesson - And the battle of the screens begins! 2:25
10. Lesson - Some book recommendations 1:51
11. Lesson - Screens and neurodivergent children 1:23
12. Lesson - Take home message 1:07

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