Mental Health for Teens in the Digital World

Resources and support for teens to stay mentally and emotionally healthy in the social media and the digital world they are living in.

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Project Description

 

THE MISSION:

The mission of Let’s Talk Teens is to provide students, parents and educators with tools to stay or become mentally and emotionally healthy in the social media and gaming world kids live in.

 

THE PROBLEM:

Research shows that since the beginning of smartphones there has been a massive increase in teen depression, anxiety, and youth depression. This is a problem! Pediatrician, Dr. Chrestokes (Seattle Children’s Hospital) says that

“We are in the midst of an uncontrolled experiment on the next generation of children.”

Yikes, that’s a scary thought. Social media and online gaming are so new that we don’t know what the outcome will be.

Even  SOME OF THE EARLY CREATORS OF THE favorite APPS are saying “WAIT A MINUTE, THE WAY KIDS ARE USING SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT HEALTHY!”

Large social media companies business plan: “Scheme of rewards and punishment stealthy manipulation of the population”

-Jaron Lanier

THE SOLUTION:

Education is key!

Most students (as young as 3rd grade!) have been given devices full of apps without any understanding of how to use it in a healthy way. That’s where Let’s Talk Teens comes in. Let’s face it, we parents are learning too. We didn’t grow up with social media and interactive gaming, so we are learning too and often our kids are one step ahead of us. We have a, “we’re in this together,” perspective. 

Our heart is to reach more kids and parents with the tools needed to guard their mental and emotional health. We know that tech isn’t going anywhere, nor do we want it to, but teaching our kids how to use it to positively impact themselves and others around them is the mission and purpose of Let’s Talk Teens. 

DIRECT TO STUDENTS WITH LIVE WORKSHOPS:

Over the last year Let’s Talk Teens has been operating as an LLC, but we quickly learned that we belong in the nonprofit space so we can provide more resources at no-cost or reduced cost. In the last 6 months, we have reached over a thousand students in live workshops both at schools and at community events.

Our unique workshops focus on social and emotional learning and character education, which is now required by most school districts. We talk with tweens and teens about how to recognize digital triggers that cause them emotional pain, and how to establish healthy digital boundaries to prevent emotional pain. We go to the core of why students are experiencing more depression and anxiety and how they can practice using digital self-care. We hope that in the next 5 years we will see students return to a balanced life of using their tech to enhance their lives instead of it taking away from them. 

TOOLS FOR EDUCATORS, YOUTH WORKERS, AND PARENTS

We have created easy tools for parents, for example: a list of discussion questions to start the tech talks, a self-checkup evaluation for students and parents to do together, and more. We have done webinars, coaching and parent workshops, all for the purpose of facilitating conversations in homes to create healthy digital habits leading to positive mental and emotional health for the iGeneration and households as a whole.

 
We are a user-friendly version of tech talks with a focus on mental and emotional health. Parents leave with simple action items rather than overwhelming fear.
It turns out all this takes money. We want to create a booklet this summer to bridge the gap between parents and teens to begin their healthy conversations in the home. We have found that helping parents and teens talk about this stuff has been the most impactful and much needed. 
 
 

 

Frankly, we have seen so much traction with fulfilling the needs of this growing problem. We are at a place where the need is great, the demand and interest are enormous, educators especially are extremely grateful to have us do workshops, but the budget is not there. Most schools do not have a budget to do workshops and receive printed tools and if they do, it can take up a year to go through the funding processes. School counselors are spending more than 70% of their time on social media-related issues like cyberbullying.

 

THE ASK:

We believe Let’s Talk Teens can provide the awareness, education and practical tools to help students change the research to reflect that they can use the powerful tech tools to their lives rather than steal their happiness. 

My team and I have a deep conviction to mentor and advocate for the next generation. We feel compelled to change the direction of the mental health of our kids. We know that not only are each of their lives valuable but how we all as parents and children navigate the uncharted territory of the digital world we live in, will impact generations to come. I believe that with the right understanding and tools we can change the statistics and enhance our kid's digital wellbeing. We are in this together.

We cannot continue our mission to get on campuses across this county without you! We need your help in this gigantic mission to see real impact and change. We are getting requests to do workshops all across the US and in Canada, and we would like to provide the resources at no cost. I can’t thank you enough for helping us with this endeavor! From the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to look over our campaign!. 

We would love your support. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND GENEROSITY. 

 

-BREE JENSEN  :) 

Updates

The Project FAQs

some questions we get:

 

Q: My child isn't a teen yet. Does your information apply to me?

A: ABSOLUTELY! Preventative medicine is the best kind. If you can learn how to navigate the social media world, look for the signs that your child is being bullied/cyberbullied, and help your child have healthy relationships – you will be way ahead of the game.

Q: My teen is a “good kid.” Why do I need to be involved in my teen's social media life?

A: All teens – even if they are not they are the target or perpetrator – are being exposed to harmful behavior online, through texting and other means. Then there are the digital phenomena of stranger hookups, party updates, cyberbullying, catfishing, hateful language, and much more in the secret world of our teen's cyber lives. If you don’t know what some of these terms are, you definitely need to educate yourself for your child’s safety.

Q: My child has had significant life challenges. Can you help?

A: Kacee is trauma-informed trained and has walked many young people and their families through some of life’s most overwhelming challenges – and she knows many of them first-hand from her own experiences. Kacee would love to help you and your teen find the specific resources to overcome the difficulties you are facing.

Q: What other services does Let's Talk Teens offer?

A: Bree has over 16 years of experience consulting with nonprofits, speaking in front of large crowds (over 70,000 to date) in live settings, facilitating leadership training and management, running youth groups, coordinating conferences and camps, and more. She is also a speaker for Rachel’s Challenge, the leading school assembly program in the country, promoting kindness and compassion. She would love to talk with you.

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Daniel Barnes
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Rich & Lisa Schreiner
06/17/2019
Social Media Shout Out
$50
anonymous
06/14/2019
The Full Meal Deal + SWAG BAG
$1,000
06/05/2019
Digital Wellbeing Parenting Packet
$75
Angie Wooldridge
06/04/2019
Social Media Shout Out
$50
Melanie Shell
06/02/2019
Monetary Contribution
$50
Monetary Contribution

Thank you for any amount you would like to give! 

 

5 Supporters
Contribute
$50
Social Media Shout Out

We will give you, your company or organization a shout-out to our social media community! Tell us about you and we will post! 

+

Thank you note from a teen. 

2 Supporters
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$100
Pre-order Our Family Workbook

We hear you loud and clear!

We have learned that the most significant need for your digital profile is to bridge the gap between teens and parents. We are creating a workbook to do just that. 

Would you like to receive a copy of our workbook before it’s available to the public? 

The workbook explains all the need-to-knows for both parents and teens. We provide discussion questions to get the conversation started and simple action items to help establish and maintain healthy digital habits.

+

Parenting resource packet 

A thank you note from a teen

5 Supporters
Select this reward
$125
Get Unstuck & Become Business Book

Get Unstuck & Become Unstoppable: 45 Strategies You Can Use Right Now!

by Business Coach Meichelle Gibson 

"Have you been thinking that you know there is more to life than what you are currently experiencing? Do you sometimes feel like you are at your best only to experience a setback that causes you to question or forget your prior successes? Do you feel stuck in an area of life and don't know how to shake it but know you are destined to do more? Let me assure you that you are not by yourself and that there is nothing fatally wrong with you." -Meichelle 

This book will provide you the resources to get unstuck! 

Let's Talk Teens Digital Wellbeing Parenting Packet 

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$150
Let's Talk Teens CLEAR TOTE

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Everyone needs a clear bag for events, so here you go! 

Take this tote to a concert, baseball/football/basketball game, or amusement park! 

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$175
Restoration House Hardcover Book

Restoration House: Creating a Space That Gives Life and Connection to All Who Enter

By Kenesha Buycks  

Let's Talk Teens Digital Wellbeing Parenting Packet 

 

*LTT is in no way affiliated with Restoration House or HarperCollins
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$200
Digital Wellbeing Family Coaching

Receive FOUR one-hour long digital well-being coaching sessions for you or the designees of your choice. Coaching sessions happen in-person if you are in Los Angeles or via video-call sessions if you are outside of L.A.  

$240 value

These sessions help establish healthy digital habits and communication for your kids and in your home. 

 

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$300
Bluetooth Speaker

Music is everything to your teen and you would probably enjoy some 80's throwback background music. 

We would love to send you a Bluetooth speaker with:

  • Bluetooth capability up to 33 ft
  • 3W Bluetooth speaker
  • Built-in microphone
  • Includes Charging & Auxiliary Cord

 

0 Supporters
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$500
$100 Giving Keys Gift Card

The Giving Keys is a pay-it-forward jewelry company operated by people transitioning out of homelessness. 

With your generous donation, you will receive a $100 gift card. 

 

*The Giving Keys is not affiliated with LTT. We just like them! 
0 Supporters
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$1,000
The Full Meal Deal + SWAG BAG

Clear Tote and Bluetooth Speaker 

+

You will receive all of our resources: 

  • Attend LIVE workshops. (when we are in your area) 
  • Family Workbook
  • 4 x One-Hour Coaching Sessions 
  • Parenting Digital Wellbeing Resource Packet 
1 Supporter
Select this reward

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Thank you for any amount you would like to give! 

 

5 Supporters
Contribute
$50
Social Media Shout Out

We will give you, your company or organization a shout-out to our social media community! Tell us about you and we will post! 

+

Thank you note from a teen. 

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
Pre-order Our Family Workbook

We hear you loud and clear!

We have learned that the most significant need for your digital profile is to bridge the gap between teens and parents. We are creating a workbook to do just that. 

Would you like to receive a copy of our workbook before it’s available to the public? 

The workbook explains all the need-to-knows for both parents and teens. We provide discussion questions to get the conversation started and simple action items to help establish and maintain healthy digital habits.

+

Parenting resource packet 

A thank you note from a teen

5 Supporters
Select this reward
$125
Get Unstuck & Become Business Book

Get Unstuck & Become Unstoppable: 45 Strategies You Can Use Right Now!

by Business Coach Meichelle Gibson 

"Have you been thinking that you know there is more to life than what you are currently experiencing? Do you sometimes feel like you are at your best only to experience a setback that causes you to question or forget your prior successes? Do you feel stuck in an area of life and don't know how to shake it but know you are destined to do more? Let me assure you that you are not by yourself and that there is nothing fatally wrong with you." -Meichelle 

This book will provide you the resources to get unstuck! 

Let's Talk Teens Digital Wellbeing Parenting Packet 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$150
Let's Talk Teens CLEAR TOTE

SPORT OUR SWAG!

Everyone needs a clear bag for events, so here you go! 

Take this tote to a concert, baseball/football/basketball game, or amusement park! 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$175
Restoration House Hardcover Book

Restoration House: Creating a Space That Gives Life and Connection to All Who Enter

By Kenesha Buycks  

Let's Talk Teens Digital Wellbeing Parenting Packet 

 

*LTT is in no way affiliated with Restoration House or HarperCollins
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$200
Digital Wellbeing Family Coaching

Receive FOUR one-hour long digital well-being coaching sessions for you or the designees of your choice. Coaching sessions happen in-person if you are in Los Angeles or via video-call sessions if you are outside of L.A.  

$240 value

These sessions help establish healthy digital habits and communication for your kids and in your home. 

 

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$300
Bluetooth Speaker

Music is everything to your teen and you would probably enjoy some 80's throwback background music. 

We would love to send you a Bluetooth speaker with:

  • Bluetooth capability up to 33 ft
  • 3W Bluetooth speaker
  • Built-in microphone
  • Includes Charging & Auxiliary Cord

 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
$100 Giving Keys Gift Card

The Giving Keys is a pay-it-forward jewelry company operated by people transitioning out of homelessness. 

With your generous donation, you will receive a $100 gift card. 

 

*The Giving Keys is not affiliated with LTT. We just like them! 
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
The Full Meal Deal + SWAG BAG

Clear Tote and Bluetooth Speaker 

+

You will receive all of our resources: 

  • Attend LIVE workshops. (when we are in your area) 
  • Family Workbook
  • 4 x One-Hour Coaching Sessions 
  • Parenting Digital Wellbeing Resource Packet 
1 Supporter
Select this reward