Kids, Teens and Screens: A Workshop at Montclair State University

On Saturday, April 14, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Montclair-based Media Aware Events will host “Kids, Teens and Screens: Guiding the Next Generation in the Age of Tech.” The multimedia presentation for parents, caregivers and educators is being presented in partnership with Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media.

Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D.
Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D., best-selling author and renowned expert on generational differences, will headline the symposium; panelists will include David N. Greenfield, Ph.D., ​founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connectiuct School of Medicine, Max Stossel, Head of Content & Storytelling at The Center for Humane Technology and Eva S. Goldfarb, Ph.D., Professor of public health at Montclair State University. Budd Mishkin will moderate the panel.

“The average age a child gets his first smartphone is 10. Thirty-nine percent of kids have a social media account by age 11. By the time they reach their teens, young people are spending, on average, nine hours of every day on some kind of screen,” says Alexis E. Menken, Ph.D., co-founder of Media Aware Events. “So many parents feel powerless when it comes to their children’s digital lives. Our mission with this event is to show them what they must know and arm them with practical guidance about what they can do. Nobody is better qualified to deliver that information than the experts who will be with us on April 14.”

From her research on nearly 11 million young people, Dr. Twenge will offer a rare glimpse into the profound and often shocking ways that smartphones and other tech have impacted this rising generation’s social, emotional and physical development. Following Dr. Twenge’s lecture,

The expert panel will weigh in on such key issues as tech addiction; tech’s impact on sexuality and mental health; and how parents and caregivers can create a safe digital environment at home. The session will close with an extended Q&A session.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at

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  1. This is a vital topic, and thank you to Media Aware Events and Baristanet for presenting this information. For families who would like to help their children have more screen-free, sociable and fun opportunities, contact me about Scouting. Spring recruiting is on now for young men in grades 5-9, and for adult volunteers to support the future growth of Scouting for young men and young women of Montclair. Just one upcoming ‘cut-the-cord’ camping trip offered by local troops involves fly fishing on the Ramapo River (with expert instruction) later in April. If this sounds good for your family, email for more information.

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