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Parenting in the Digital Age

November 22, 2015

James P. Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media, the organization that helps kids, families and policymakers make smart choices about media and technology on parenting in the digital age

About the Conversation

Helping children become decent, compassionate adults is important, for society and spiritually, and navigating the digital world matters. Malcolm and James delve into the tricky questions about children and the digital age that challenge parents, grandparents, educators and everyone who cares about children. How much screen time is too much? How do you talk to children about disturbing or sensitive news? Ten years ago, you might have been able to hide the newspaper; now, you might have learnt about the Paris attacks from your twelve-year old, who saw it on Twitter. What about the barrage of marketing to kids that takes place on targeted channels? How to deal with issues of sex, gender and body image, and what about the photo vault apps (a.k.a. ghost apps) that factored into the recent Colorado high school sexting scandal? We’ll be leaving extra time for audience questions at this Forum.

About the Guest

James Steyer is one of the most respected experts on issues related to children’s media and education in the United States. He is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading non-partisan organization dedicated to improving media and technology choices for kids and families. He is also the author of several widely acclaimed books, such as Talking Back to Facebook.

Early in his career, James was a civil rights attorney, working for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. His commitment to helping disadvantaged children and to teaching began nearly 30 years ago as a remedial reading tutor to at-risk kids in New York City public schools. Since then, he has taught reading and math to disadvantaged youngsters in New York, East Palo Alto and Oakland, and he spent more than ten years as a volunteer teacher to 2nd, 3rd and 5th graders in East Oakland.

In addition to his activities as an advocate, author, and teacher, James is a sought-after commentator on how kids can thrive in a world of media and technology, appearing on such shows as “Oprah,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Larry King Live” ” and CNN.

Guest: James P. Steyer

 

James P. Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media in conversation with The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm C. Young about how helping children become decent, compassionate adults is important, for society and spiritually, and navigating the digital world matte

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