nextTalk

nextTalk started in a living room with a group of parents who were overwhelmed with the new challenges of cyberparenting. Today, we’re a nonprofit organization in the state of Texas, and we’re an approved 501(c)(3) entity by the Internal Revenue Service.

Our goal is to unite parents, educators and communities so we can …

  • share information re: rapidly changing social media, apps and any topic that arises due to early online explosure;
  • effectively develop open communication in families; and
  • learn together to safely raise the next generation in this digital world.

We have created the nextTalk video series for you to use as curriculum in your current home or church group. If you don’t have a small group, we encourage you to gather two or three of your closest friends and start a home or church group. Curriculum is provided by our nonprofit organization for free to any group. In addition to our biblically-based satellite groups and video series, we also offer these types of events:

Community Talks—Non-religious presentations based solely on keeping kids safe online. We present to school PTAs, parent groups and community organizations. We teach about online integrity, parental controls, specific apps and social media and, most importantly, how to create a safe zone for your children to continually talk with you about what they’re seeing and hearing in their online world. Healthy parent-child dialogues are necessary to keep kids safe online.

Conferences/Workshops —We can bring nextTalk to your church or other venue. These presentations can be tailored to meet your specific needs. We have several options available.

Guest Speaking—We also speak at churches, parent groups, FCA groups and other events.

For more information on nextTalk, click here.

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Talking to Kids about Suicide (without even saying the word)

Can we talk for a moment about teen suicide? It’s the 2nd leading cause of death in kids ages 10-24 (Source: National Vital Statistics Report, 2014).

You can have preventive conversations with your kids about suicide without ever using the word “suicide” or describing it in detail. Even in elementary school. The goal is to prevent the thought of suicide from ever becoming an option your child considers.

Suicide

Here are some key points I speak into my kids on a regular basis:

1. You’re not trapped at your school. If you’re being made fun of, bullied, etc., it’s important for you to tell me. We can try to resolve the issue together. If we can’t get it resolved, we can look at other school options — private, public, homeschool, magnet, charter school, etc. You’re not stuck there.

2. God has a specific plan for YOUR life. If you are breathing, God has a plan. See Jeremiah 29:11-13.

3. I love you, no matter what. Even if you make a bad choice or choose something I totally disagree with. In fact, you will make mistakes. Life is about learning and growing from those bad choices. I love you regardless. Talk to me when you make mistakes, and we’ll work through it together.

4. The things you struggle with — Satan wants you to keep those hidden. That’s where he can manipulate you. Do not ever suffer in silence. When you are struggling, hurting, doubting, questioning, that is the time to talk with me. Then we can go to the Bible together and find answers, hope and peace. God can change any situation. He can heal, forgive, make new, change hearts — there is always hope. God is so powerful, He can actually even take your mistakes and use them for good!! To help others who are making those same bad choices. See Deuteronomy 23:5 (Curse into Blessing).

5. God created you. You are a masterpiece. He knit you together in the womb. Do not ever let anyone tell you that you don’t have value. God gives you value, not people. You do not find your worth in likes, followers or anything else. See Psalm 139:13.

What would you add to this list?

If you need more resources: Check out our free podcast. Go to iTunes or Soundcloud and search “nextTalk.” I also have a whole chapter on suicide in my book. You can read the intro for free here.

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