Screenagers: Living in the Digital Age -


Thursday, May 3, 7-9pm  

Newtown Congregational Church - 14 West Street, Newtown, Connecticut 06470

Are you watching kids scroll through life with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? If the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens, what is the impact of this phenomenon on academics, social and family life? "Screenagers: Living in the Digital Age" explores contemporary struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, this film reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers some solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Hosted by Pathways Homeschool Learning Cooperative  

Tickets available https://www.facebook.com/events/968624489940228/

Moderator: Professor Gregory J. Golda, Sacred Heart University’s School of Communication and Media Arts. Professor Golda's courses are project-based, engage students of all majors in the creation of media texts with multiple digital tools, and focus on such issues as Digital Culture, Animation, Film and Video Production, Comics and Animation, and Democratic Equations.

Dr. David Greenfield, Founder, Center for Internet and Technology Addiction in Waterbury, CT and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Greenfield is recognized as one of the world’s leading voices on Internet, computer, and digital media behavior, and a pioneer concerning compulsive and addictive use. Dr. Greenfield’s recent research and clinical work is focused on the neurobiology and psychopharmacology of compulsive Internet use, and recently on Smartphone’s and distracted driving. He is author of Virtual Addiction. 

Belinha S. De Abreu, Ph.D., media literacy educator and an International Expert to the Forum on Media & Information Literacy for UNESCO and is the author of Mobile Learning through Digital Media Literacy (Peter Lang 2017), author/co-editor of Global Media Literacy in a Digital Age (Peter Lang, 2016), Media Literacy Education in Action: Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives (Routledge 2014), and the author of Media Literacy, Social Networking and the Web 2.0 World for the K–12 Educator (Peter Lang, 2011).

Laura Cleary, MSW social worker, parent educator and parent coach. Ms. Cleary has many years of experience working with youth and families, in the areas of child abuse, suicide and substance abuse prevention, as well as positive youth development. Laura is also a certified Positive Discipline parenting educator, and a consultant for Sandy Hook Promise. Laura is a mom of three almost-grown-up children, and homeschooled all three of them through their elementary and middle school years.


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