CONNECTED: How to Show Up For Your Kids in the Digital Age - On Demand Course
Classes for Adults / Special Topics & Events -
Fall 2022 - Adult
Help your child take advantage of opportunities online while avoiding risks.
Our kids’ digital worlds are expanding quickly – unleashing both incredible benefits and emerging risks. Many schools are handing kids a tablet or laptop without a parenting guide to go with it! You deserve evidence-based resources, not fear-based soundbites, as you navigate screen time challenges. This self-paced online class cuts through conflicting information and delivers the essential parenting strategies for your child’s digital wellbeing.
Spark 1 - Connect & Communicate
Spark 2 - Rest & Rejuvenate
Spark 3 - Focus & Fire Up
Best for parents of kids ages 8-16. Three modules or “Sparks” plus three months access after class initiation.
On demand courses can be taken at your leisure. You'll receive your link for your class through Spark and Stitch. See your Registration Confirmation email for more information.
Spark & Stitch Institute founded by Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh, has been helping parents build knowledge, skills, and confidence to raise healthy, connected kids for over thirty years. With specific expertise in digital wellbeing and mental health, parent-child relationships, and adolescent development, Spark & Stitch uses brain science to help parents understand the neurological basis of social-emotional skills like emotional regulation, empathy, communication, and self-discipline. Through workshops, online classes, and best-selling books, Spark & Stitch delivers practical parenting strategies that build on families’ strengths and prioritize warm connections and boundaries from early childhood through adolescence.
Co-founder, Spark & Stitch Institute
Erin is a parent, speaker, educator, and writer. She has worked with communities across the country who want to better understand child and adolescent development and cut through conflicting information about kids and technology. She is fiercely committed to bringing an equity lens and asset-based approach to our understanding of, and response to, youth and media. Her signature down-to-earth approach and sense of humor helps families and educators engage in complicated topics and leave feeling capable and motivated.
Erin has enjoyed bringing science and tips to families and educators alongside her father Dr. David Walsh for nearly 20 years. They started together at the National Institute on Media and the Family and then more recently founded Mind Positive Parenting before creating Spark & Stitch Institute in 2019. In addition to writing articles for several other organizations including Bolster Collaborative and Psychology Today, she co-authored the 10th Anniversary Edition of the national bestseller Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen.
Erin is also Lead Program Facilitator for Youth Frontiers. She leads interactive Mind Retreats for educators exploring the science of stress and why connection unleashes learning. Before creating Spark & Stitch Institute in 2019, Erin taught undergraduate students for 9 years with the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs. She created and co-taught an 8-credit program called Making Media, Making Change. Erin has served on a number of community boards, most recently as board chair of YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, a wilderness-based youth development program. She has consulted with schools, school districts, parent groups and other youth serving organizations throughout North America on issues related to digital media, children, youth.