Fenn Speaks is a speaker and film series hosted by the Fenn School every year. This year we will delve into the topics of screentime, navigating the online world safely, and children anxiety that comes with today's pressures in school and at home. We hope that you will join us at Fenn this fall to hear about and discuss these important topics.
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017 AT 6:30 P.M.
THE FENN SCHOOL
In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.
Coffee with Katie Greer, Internet Safety
What are my kids doing online? What can I do to protect them? What apps should I be worried about? Is social networking safe? Is my child being cyberbullied? What's texting? What's next? It's often overwhelming to be a parent in today's technology-driven society. Keeping up with the latest trends and dangers can seem like an impossible task. Katie Greer, an expert in technology safety, will help you navigate the digital waters and let you know what's new, what's now, and what's next when it comes to your children and technology.
Tuesday, october 24, 2017 AT 8:30 A.M.
THE FENN SCHOOL LIBRARY
Dr. David Gleason, "at what cost?: Defending adolescent development in fiercely competitive schools"
NOVEMBER 1, 2017 AT 7:00 P.M.
WARD HALL, THE FENN SCHOOL
Dr. Thompson mixes anecdote and clinical experience with research on the outcomes of different parenting styles and comes up with a warm-hearted recipe for providing children with an internal foundation for moral behavior. Early in life every child needs a “secure base;” later a child needs a “framework” around him. Only when he feels securely anchored and contained will a child be able to follow rules consistently. How can a parent provide consistency and how can he or she successfully communicate with his or her child around issues of responsibility? What do we know about the different outcomes of democratic, authoritative and authoritarian parenting? Which method of parenting produces the most competent child? Many parents have heard this talk and felt affirmed and challenged by it. Many teen-agers have heard it and have had to admit that it probably is….well…right.
PREVIOUS FENN SPEAKS EVENTS
Race to Nowhere, screening and discussion
Beyond Measure, (a sequel to Race to Nowhere), screening and discussion
Luba Feigenberg, "Children and Moral Development"
David McCullough, Jr. "You Are Not Special and Other Encouragements"
Bruce Feiler, "The Secrets of a Happy Family"