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
Anxiety, depression, and their dangerous manifestations– substance abuse, eating disorders, self-injury and suicide – are increasing student conditions in competitive schools throughout the US and around the world. Paradoxically, most of these schools promote themselves as educational communities committed to students’ holistic development in academics, athletics and the arts, as well as in their personal, social and emotional growth. So why are so many students still struggling?
Dr. David Gleason, a former Fenn parent and author of the new book At What Cost?, has investigated these concerns in schools around the world, and has found almost complete unanimity in how educators and parents have responded to his interviews.
In sum, these caring and dedicated adults fully admit to overscheduling, overworking and, at times, overwhelming their students and teenaged children. It is this conflict - adults wanting to educate and parent adolescents in healthy and balanced ways, but simultaneously overloading them – that is at the heart of Dr. Gleason’s book and of this presentation.
PREVIOUS FENN SPEAKS EVENTS
Micheal Thompson, Ph.D., "How to Raise Responsible Children"
Screenagers, screening and discussion
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"
Michael Thompson, Ph.D., "Best Friends, Worst Enemies"
Dr. Adam Cox, "Helping boys communicate and connect"
Dr. Anthony Rao, "The Way of Boys: Promoting Social and Emotional Development of Young Boys"