3:30 PM15:30

Disrupting the Progression from Early Screen Use to Screen Addiction


Most conversations about children and screen time focus on a particular age-range, such as young children, tweens, or teens. This webinar will connect the dots between early excessive screen use and youth media addiction. Join experts Cris Rowan, occupational therapist and founder of Zone’in programs, and Hilarie Cash, Ph.D., founder and Director of reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery program, as they provide specific, practical, early interventions that prevent children’s screen use from impacting their future. They relate stories told by children of all ages about how unrestricted screen time and media content shaped their relationships, education and opportunities.

Cris Rowan, BScBi, BScOT, SIPT Cris Rowan is a pediatric occupational therapist, biologist, speaker, and author of “Virtual Child.” She is passionate about changing the ways in which children use technology. Cris’s concept of Balanced Technology Management urges more engagement in four critical factors for development and learning: movement, touch, human connection, and nature.

Hilarie Cash is Chief Clinical Officer and co-founder of reSTART Internet/Computer Addiction Services and co-developer of reSTART's Video Game and Internet Treatment Program. Hilarie is a speaker, teacher, and author and has appeared, among other places, on ABC News, CNN, NPR, PBS, the BBC, and in print in the Seattle Times, U.S.A. Today, U.S. News and World Report, and the New York Times.

This webinar WILL be recorded. Please register to receive a link to the recording when it is posted.

REGISTER HERE: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qlyjW1u7T7C5Qpj5NrCaFg?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=4437b7b1-a593-4030-a4cc-f6a998eb8d2c

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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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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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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.

To register, click here. https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0BevileQQ3e3a3S-Cx2fpQ

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9:30 AM09:30

Concord Promise Parent Roundtable

Please join Concord Promise for our first Parent Roundtable of the school year. Let’s get together and talk about how we’re managing phones and screens for our kids. Parents need to connect with each other to share strategies - we can be such a great resource and source of advice and support. 

Plus, coffee. We all need coffee. 

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7:00 PM19:00

Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age

Featuring: Concord Promise Partner, Richard Freed, author of Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 at the door, general admission, cash or check
Co-sponsored by: Waldorf PCA and Lexington Community Education

Children and teens urgently need our help navigating today’s digital landscape of video games, social media, and smartphones—which many kids just can’t put down. Join Dr. Richard Freed as he explains why technology poses the risk of addiction, how important family is for kids in resisting these pressures, and how to raise happy, healthy children in the digital age.

Richard Freed, Ph.D., is a child and adolescent psychologist and a leading authority on raising children in the digital age. Dr. Freed is the author of the book Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age, and his insights have been featured in The New York Times, Medium, The Atlantic, on NPR, and other media platforms. He speaks internationally to parents, teachers, and health care providers on how to promote children’s well-being in this age of machines.

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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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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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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:

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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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6:30 PM18:30


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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