Managing modern technology can be exhausting and stressful, potentially prompting us to ask - do we use it or does it use us? It's an even bigger challenge for parents trying to figure out how to raise healthy children in the digital age. Many families struggle as they try to maintain common sense limits while seeking balance in using media as a resource and entertainment. In this podcast developmental pediatrician Dr. Mark Bertin, child psychologist Dr. Chris Willard, and Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood's screen time program manager Jean Rogers engage in a conversation moderated by Samira Sine, New York Director of Common Sense Media. Starting with the premise that technology is not inherently good or bad, you'll get an overview of current media research alongside practical, realistic, and engaging, family friendly tools that integrate mindfulness while supporting long term wellbeing in your children. The evening was cosponsored by Common Sense Media and Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood.
Dr. Mark Bertin
Dr. Bertin, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at New York Medical College, is on the faculty of the Windward Teacher Training Institute, and from 2003 to 2010 was Director of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at the Westchester Institute for Human Development, working in their foster care program. He is on the advisory board for Reach Out and Read, a national organization promoting child development and literacy, and also for Common Sense Media. He is a frequent lecturer for parents, teachers and professionals on topics related to child development including autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, parenting and mindfulness. He is the author of The Family ADHD Solution and Mindful Parenting for ADHD and the recent How Children Thrive.
Dr. Christopher Willard
Christopher Willard, PsyD, is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston, specializing in mindfulness for adolescents and young adults. He has been practicing meditation for over fifteen years. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the Mindfulness in Education Network and he teaches at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Willard has published five books on contemplative practice, including Growing Up Mindful, Raising Resilience and the new Alphabreaths.
Jean Rogers, M.S.Ed, is the head of Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood's Screen Time Action Network, a coalition of practitioners, educators, advocates and parents working to reduce chilren's excessive use of digital devices and restore a developmentally healthy childhood. Author of Kids Under Fire, she has been giving "Kids Media Diet" workshops, writing and speaking about children's screen use since 2009.
Samira Nanda Sine is the New York Director at Common Sense Media. With over 15 years experience as a writer, on-air boadcaster and producer, she has worked at the BBC World Business Desk, Reuters Television News, and the Huffington Post in Mumbai, Hong Kong, and New York City. She has also hosted a travel and food show that airs on the Learning Channel HD Worldwide and Apple TV.