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Device Free Dinners to Drive Home Digital Citizenship
Tuesday April 25, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Presented by Michael Robb, Director of Research, Common Sense Media; with Kelly Mendoza, Senior Director of Learning & Engagement, Common Sense Education
Hosted by Common Sense Education and Sponsored by Symantec
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What does family dinner look like nowadays? In the digital age, it’s easy to let devices occupy more and more of our family time. As more kids and parents bring their devices to the dinner table, the opportunity to connect with family members without distractions is getting lost. One solution families can adopt is having a “device free dinner” with more bites and less bytes!
Learn about Common Sense’s Device Free Dinner initiative. Hear from Michael Robb on the latest research on media, kids and families. For instance, how do parents feel about the impact of devices on their families? Do they feel that they—or their kids—are addicted to technology? What’s the importance of dinner time for family communication?
You’ll then hear from Kelly Mendoza about a free Device Free Dinner Toolkit with turnkey resources schools can use to designate a device-free dinner day. The toolkit includes materials for parents, classroom activities, a poster, and a community-building dinner event for schools. The various options in the toolkit will help schools customize a meaningful event for their communities. Help families support a balance between tech time and face-to-face time with Device Free Dinners!
This edWebinar will benefit all school personnel, including teachers, administrators, principals, librarians, and tech coordinators, parent coordinators, and PTO staff.
About the Presenters
Michael Robb is Director of Research at Common Sense, overseeing the research program, evaluation of organization impact, and program development research. Michael has been involved in issues involving media and children for over 15 years. He has published research on the impact of electronic media on young children’s language development, early literacy outcomes, and problem-solving abilities in a variety of academic journals. Michael received his Ph.D. in psychology from UC Riverside.
Kelly Mendoza is Director of Learning and Engagement at Common Sense Education, where she supports educators by developing and overseeing professional development (PD), growth pathways, and community engagement focused on digital citizenship, media literacy, and digital learning. She has also created resources for Lucas Learning, the Media Education Lab, and PBS Frontline. Kelly has a PhD in media and communication from Temple University. You can follow her on Twitter at @kellymendoza.
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Common Sense Education provides teachers and schools with free research-based classroom tools to help students harness technology for learning and life. Our K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum and interactive games teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world. And our revolutionary educational rating system, Common Sense Graphite, helps educators discover, use, and share high-quality digital products that propel student learning.
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