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Dr. Kathy Koch and Ryan Dobson

Host: Dr. James Dobson

January 03, 2022

For many teens, their smartphones have become their best friend and safety blanket. According to research, 56% of teens associate the absence of their cell phone with at least one of these three emotions: loneliness, feeling upset or anxious. On today's edition of Family Talk, Dr. Kathy Koch (pronounced Cook), author of Screens and Teens: Connecting with Our Kids in a Wireless World, urges parents to set reasonable limits for their children and to remember that it's not their phone; it's their parents' phone. Insist on regular phone blackouts. Encourage your teen to engage with you, have a meaningful conversation inside the home, play board games, do a jigsaw puzzle, read a physical book, or shoot hoops with a sibling.

Meet the Guest


Dr. Kathy Koch and Ryan Dobson

Dr. Kathy Koch (pronounced "Cook") is the founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc. She has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, and other events. Kathy is the author of six books including Screens and Teens and 8 Great Smarts. Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a teacher of second graders, a middle school coach, and a school board member before becoming a full-time conference and keynote speaker in 1991. Kathy has loved Jesus for years and her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.

Ryan Dobson is a public speaker, author, and podcaster. He has combined his natural abilities for public speaking to engage and challenge parents and families in every stage of their lives. He is the product of successful parenting, having lived a public life as the son of America’s foremost authority on child rearing, author and radio host, Dr. James Dobson. Ryan launched his own radio broadcast as a young adult with the purpose of building passion and identity in people of faith. He then helped his dad found the radio ministry, Family Talk in 2010. In 2016, Ryan left Family Talk to begin Rebel Parenting, a digital ministry which he runs with his wife, Laura. They live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and have one son and one daughter.

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