Social Media from the Perspective of Child and Early Adolescent Development

Students begin to learn about social media as early as second grade.  This workshop will present an overview of the latest research on how children and adolescents use, abuse, and are affected by social media.  We will discuss how social media is introduced to school children, whether it has a legitimate role in the school curriculum, and how it can both help and hinder students' intellectual and emotional development.  We will also address how social media affects school culture, along with some do's and don'ts of social media for school children at various levels.  Finally, we will discuss constructive responses and policies by schools and families.

  • Craig Steven, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, Certified School Psychology and Certified Group Psychotherapy. He is the Head Psychologist at Germantown Friends School, where he implements supportive, proactive programs that foster students’ emotional development. He is the creator of an in-class program designed to teach students how to develop emotional intelligence, used in many lower, middle, and upper schools across the region. Dr. Stevens has written on issues of childhood development in the reality of today’s society, from parental enabling to cyber bullying. In addition to his role at Germantown Friends School, Dr. Stevens also maintains a private practice directed to children, adolescent, and adults. He received his B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Scheduling Notes/Agenda:

Friday, April 29, 2016 -
12:30am to 2:30pm

*Please bring a bag lunch.  Dessert and beverages will be supplied.

Tour of the school will be offered after the workshop.

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2 Bishop Hollow Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073

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