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Technology, Culture, and the Preservation of Our Kids

The Screen Age in Grandview Heights:  A Series of Conversations about Technology, Culture, and the Preservation of Our Kids

On May 18, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Grandview Heights High School Auditorium , the first in a series of powerful discussions will begin for students and parents. This three-part series is hosted by the Grandview Heights Schools Leadership Team, the PTO, and Start Talking Grandview.

 Safety and Security (Segment #1: Presentation & Dialogue) May 18th @ 7:00 p.m.

Impact: Extant Research on the Brain, Social & Emotional Development & Efficacy (Segment #2: Panel Discussion & Dialogue) September 2017 (Date TBA)

Actionable Strategies and Responses to Model and Support Kids in the healthy use of technology (On-going & Segment #3: Case Study & Success Stories) November 2017 (Date TBA)

Session #1: Digital Self-Defense – Safety and Security for Parents and Students in Grades 2-12

Facilitated by Dr. Tim Conrad

Do you feel that students are engaging in increasingly risky online behavior? If you think your students are safe online, think again. Although technology is a wonderful tool, new digital dangers are emerging and prevention practices and policies struggle to keep up.

Students behaving badly or provocatively is not new, the game changer has been the increased use of social media that allows them to be constantly connected, communicate unobtrusively, and post things that they would never would say in person. Social media images and texts are distributed well beyond the intended audience. The internet has a long memory; posts from the past can damage a person’s digital reputation.

This program aims to decrease the misuse of social media including sexting, harassment, and cyber-bullying by supporting safe and smart digital practices. Our program also supports the concepts of Posting Positive, including thanking people who have helped you, congratulating others, and reaching out to those you respect and admire.

Topics include trends in teen and tween social media use; anonymous app trends; newest digital dangers; live video streaming apps; camouflage apps; digital parenting tips; and when and how to involve law enforcement.

Dr. Tim Conrad received his B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.  Licensed as a teacher, professional counselor, and school counselor, and certified as a career coach, Dr. Conrad has taught at The Ohio State University, the University of Dayton, Capital University, and Ashland University. His current area of research is “Ethics, boundaries and social media”.