Sep
27
6:30 PM18:30

Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood - Raising Healthy Children in a Commercialized World

Raising Healthy Children in a Commercialized World
Thursday, September 27, 2018
6:30-8:30 PM
2 Old Pickard Lane
Littleton, MA

Click here to register.

Commercialism is a factor in many of the key problems facing children today, including obesity, eating disorders, increased materialism, excessive media use, and the erosion of creative play. Marketing is so ubiquitous that protecting children from its harmful effects can seem overwhelming or even impossible. Discovery Museum and Oak Meadow School present an evening with Josh Golin, who will describe what we can do – as parents and communities – to give children the commercial‐free time and space they need in order to thrive.

Josh is the Executive Director of the Campaign for a Commercial‐Free Childhood, which advocates for the rights of children to grow up – and parents to raise them – without being undermined by commercial interests. Josh’s media appearances include Today, NPR, Fox & Friends, and NBC Nightly News, and he has been quoted in hundreds of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today. His writings about the commercialization of childhood have appeared in a wide range of outlets.

This event is free and open to the public. Click here to register.
6:30-7:00 p.m. – Reception with complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.
Professional Development Certificates for Continuing Education Hours available for $18 per individual.

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Oct
15
7:30 PM19:30

Celling Your Soul Virtual Film Screening with filmmaker Joni Siani

Through the story of real students participating in a ‘digital cleanse,’ Joni Siani’s award-winning Celling Your Soul explores what it means for young people to connect online and IRL. Whether you’re an educator, a student, or a parent, the film offers tools to address teen anxiety, smart phone use, and challenging conversations around building relationships in a digital age. A live Q&A with the filmmaker will follow the screening.  

Joni is an active Concord Promise partner. Her experience as a parent, college professor and researcher guide her straight-forward and well-developed film.

For more information, visit the No App for Life website

Register today: http://bit.ly/CellingYourSoul

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Nov
5
7:30 PM19:30

Technology and Young Children with Nancy Carlsson-Paige

In this webinar based on her keynote at the Children's Screen Time Action Network conference, Concord Promise partner Dr. Nancy Carlsson-Paige will offer a full exploration of how and why screens interfere with developmental milestones crucial to children’s well-being. Using specific, real-life examples, Dr. Carlsson-Paige illustrates the difference between what children “learn” from screens and what they learn through physical, hands-on activities. Dr. Carlsson-Paige’s keynote was one of the most well-received sessions at the conference. Believe us when we say this is a can’t-miss!

For more information, see her website.

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Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Fenn Speaks: Michael G. Thompson, PhD

Fenn Speaks is a speaker and film series hosted by the Fenn School every year. This year we will delve into the topics of screentime, navigating the online world safely, and children anxiety that comes with today's pressures in school and at home. We hope that you will join us at Fenn this fall to hear about and discuss these important topics.

We will post additional information about this event when available. 

To learn more about this event and other Fenn events, click here: Fenn School Events.

To learn more about Dr. Michael Thompson, click here: Michael G. Thompson, PhD

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Dec
5
6:30 PM18:30

Fenn Speaks: Jill Walsh, PhD, Social Media and Wellness Consultant

Fenn Speaks is a speaker and film series hosted by the Fenn School every year. This year we will delve into the topics of screentime, navigating the online world safely, and children anxiety that comes with today's pressures in school and at home. We hope that you will join us at Fenn this fall to hear about and discuss these important topics.

We will post additional information as it is available. 

To learn more about Fenn's Community Speaker Seriese, click here: Fenn School Events.

To learn more about Dr. Walsh, click here: Dr. Jill Walsh

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Sep
10
7:30 PM19:30

Children's Screen Time Action Network - Screen Schooled with Matt Miles and Joe Clement

Schools are under pressure to introduce corporate-branded, screen-based technology into their classrooms, and students are paying the price. Veteran teachers Matt Miles and Joe Clement have seen the impact first-hand – and they’ve done something about it. In this webinar, they offer strategies for teachers and parents to thoughtfully steer education away from technological hype and back to what matters: supporting students’ full development.  

Concord Promise partners Matt Miles and Joe Clement are entertaining to listen to. They also speak from experience as veteran teachers and are well informed. 

For more information, visit the Screen Schooled website.

Register in advance for this webinar:
http://bit.ly/ScreenSchooled

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May
22
9:30 AM09:30

Coffee and Conversation

We're launching something new!

Please join us on May 22 at 9:30 a.m. at Concord Recreation in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Hunt Gym just to talk. No speakers, no experts... just us. Parents. Figuring it out together.

Let's talk about our concerns about smartphones and social media apps. Maybe some of you aren't concerned. Let's talk about that, too.

Oh, and coffee. There will be coffee. Because, obviously.

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Apr
2
6:30 PM18:30

DIGITAL SOCIALIZATION AND OUR CHILDREN: A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

April 2 at 6:30pm - Nashoba Brooks School, 200 Strawberry Hill Rd, Concord - Open to the Public

As children spend more and more time with technology, they are becoming “digitally socialized” - creating their identities online, texting instead of talking, building relationships on social media instead of through face-to-face human interaction. This is a major shift in the way we communicate. At this event, we will explore how research findings and experience are changing the way we think about and use technology. Parents will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about how we can embrace technology while also promoting the mental health of our children. Please join us!

Panelists include:

Elizabeth Englander, PhD, Director, Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, Professor of Psychology, will discuss new research findings on cell phone use in young children.

Danielle Heard, Head of School, Nashoba Brooks Schools, will share how educators are navigating the rapidly-changing tech world and how schools can create innovative policy and practices.

Sharon Maxwell, PhD, Author, will share information and practical tips for raising kids with human values in the digital world.  

Irene Todd, Concord parent of four, will share her personal parenting perspective of raising children with smartphones.

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