GISB Virtual Speaker Series: Social Skills or Social Media? Helping Kids Adjust Socially in a Digital World

Thursday, February 8, 2024, 7:00 – 8:00 pm ET

Even prior to the pandemic, parents expressed heightened concerns about screen usage, anxiety, and social problems such as bullying and conflicts. The past three years have only intensified some of these challenges. This presentation aims to explore the emotional and social well-being of children in light of their engagement with screens, gaming, and social media.

The talk will provide a summary of relevant research and present practical approaches to enhance family life, fostering emotional resilience, promoting healthy social skills and friendships, and encouraging sensible screen and social media habits in children. The discussion will focus on moving forward, offering insights into how parents can be most effective in guiding their children towards a balanced and healthy relationship with screens and social interactions.

About Dr. Elizabeth Englander

Dr. Elizabeth Englander is an award-winning author and the founder and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University, a Center which delivers programs, resources, and research for the state of Massachusetts and nationwide. She is also a Founding Member of the Social and Emotional Research Consortium (SERC). As a researcher and a professor of Psychology for almost 30 years, she is a nationally recognized expert in the area of bullying and cyberbullying, childhood causes of aggression and abuse, and children’s use of technology. She was named Most Valuable Educator by the Boston Red Sox and in 2018, was appointed to the Massachusetts Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Council. She is on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Institute of Child Development and Digital Media, and in 2023, her 9th book (You Got A Phone!) was awarded a National Parenting Product Award. Her most recent book, Bullying and Cyberbullying: A Guide for Educators and Parents, was published in December by Harvard Educational Press.

This free event is open to everyone. Please register in advance.

Please note: You will receive the participation link on the day of the event.