According to a Harrison Group Teen Trends study, “The average teenager spends 72 hours per week using the Internet, music, cell phone, television and video games and only 38.5 minutes per week participating in meaningful conversation with their parents.” Therefore, it is safe to say that our children's world-view comes mostly from outside the home. This seminar begins with a video expose’ of the top shows watched by kids today. From cartoons, prime time TV shows and cable, to YouTube, online movies, music videos and reality clips. In addition, it covers what these shows primarily promote and what consequences are not revealed in the process. Positive entertainment options are also given throughout this workshop. Celebrity interviews are shared that are rarely aired on main stream media forums. These interviews reveal the behind-the-scene lifestyles and actions of actors working in Hollywood today. Many of them warning us to NOT watch the very entertainment they are getting paid to produce. Eye-opening information is revealed. Besides, television and movies, today’s music industry and how our next generation is singing and thinking about the messages these lyrics portray is addressed. Parents are given tools to teach their children how to choose clean entertainment. This is accomplished through giving them key websites, books and pod casts. Some of today’s top stars like Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga are explored in-depth along with what they really say about their careers. For example, Miley said in a recent interview, “I am messed up...I have so many issues. Everyone does dumb stuff when they are messed up.” Celebrities that young kids and teens can look up to as a positive role models are given in this presentation. Some of these are the American Idol winners, Mandisa and Philip Phillips along with one of the top bands today and comedians like Tim Hawkins. Helping your children develop their own skills and talents and how to make a difference in our culture today is highlighted in this show. The connection between positive entertainment and how it affects the mind and brain development of children and teenagers are discussed in detail. The statistics and studies from credible sources provided will help prove that choosing positive entertainment is a MUST to raising positive mature adults. Other topics included, depending on the needs of your audience are as follows: - suggestive advertising - product placement - the difference in sales at the box office between violent and family-oriented flicks - which video games are the safest to buy - tips on how you can get help for your child (or spouse) who might be addicted to gaming - sexting and texting and driving - bullying and suicide In addition, the top questions many parents have will be answered, like: - how do I stay updated on the latest media influences on my family? - what are some positive entertainment choices for my children? - how can I protect my family from the negative entertainment? - how can I set house guidelines? In closing, many useful tips are given, such as: - evaluating advisory warning labels - how to combat the inaccuracy of web filters - choosing the safest location for the computer in the home - the dangers of today’s porn, chat rooms & Facebook - defining video game ratings and cheat codes Shockingly, Bob Pittman, founder of MTV says it all. “We’re dealing with a culture of teenage babies, they can watch TV, do their homework, and listen to music all at the same time. The strongest appeal you can make is emotional. If you can get their emotions going, make them forget their logic...you’ve got them. At MTV, we don’t shoot for the 14 year olds - We Own Them!” * I’ve been sharing this message to parents for the past decade because I believe we need as much education as possible on how to combat Hollywood’s lies. I want to encourage parents today that I have many tips, tools and resources to help you raise your children in a wholesome environment (even if your TV, iPad, gaming device or any other media portal is on throughout the day.) Having four children all 5 and under has helped me realize how hard it is to help our children achieve the best in a messy media world.