This week, Community Connect mixed things up when it aired the movie “SCREENAGERS, Growing Up in the Digital Age.” The award-winning documentary probes into the challenges today’s families face over social media, video games, the Internet, academics and more. Sharing funny stories, research findings and insights from authors, psychologists, brain scientists and doctors, SCREENAGERS gets to the heart of how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower students to successfully navigate the digital world.
SCREENAGERS covered a range of topics, including:
We know there are so many great aspects to technology devices. The speed of information enables us to access data and insight anytime, from anywhere. We’re able to stay connected and in touch. Our students can even hone their strategy and collaboration skills.
Herein lies the new digital divide.
So how can we help our kids manage their online lives? SCREENAGERS shared some strategies that Community Connect attendees will deep dive into next week. They include: setting clear guidelines, developing a tech/device contract together with your student, leaving devices at home a day or two each week, charging devices in a non-bedroom space, adding more outdoor activities, exercising self-control, and parents agreeing to follow the same rules!
We’d like to extend a big thank you to the businesses in our community that sponsored this event: Village Pediatrics at Vickery and Pepperoni’s Midway.
Join us on September 25 for our next Community Connect event focused on “Exploring and Discussing: SCREENAGERS, Growing Up in the Digital Age.” Whether you attended the movie screening or not, you’re invited to join this interactive session, where parents and students will share tips, approaches and best practices that have worked in their lives.
Dinner starts at 5:30 pm and will be catered by Lennys Grill & Subs. $5 feeds your entire family. Click here to register, and remember free childcare is available for children ages 3 and up.
To view the full calendar of 2019-2020 events, visit westcommunityconnect.com.
Last night marked another fantastic Community Connect event. We feasted on an amazing Taco Bar provided by Moe’s! Nicole Yaksh, APC, NCC, CCTP shared incredible insights into Anxiety and Depression in children, teens and families. We learned that anxiety is a universal human experience. We also discussed some things to look for when anxiety moves into a detrimental area that may need attention outside home or school. Nicole brought practical strategies to manage anxiety that can easily be learned and used immediately. We all left with a resources that we can implement today with ourselves and our families. Additionally, Nicole provided us with user friendly language to help our children to identify emotions, label stress, and understand how stress affects our bodies. I am finding the "Mapping Feelings" and "Safe Place Visualization" strategies particularly interesting! Please join us next week as we view the documentary, Screenagers, Growing Up in the Digital Age.
Please register on our website. www.westcommunityconnect.com
Pizza dinner and childcare are provided. We can’t wait to see you there!
Community Connect Week in Review: Building Healthy Routines: Sleep & Nutrition for the Developing Brain
Community Connect is in full swing! Read on for an overview of the September 4th session that kicked it all off. Our first “by parents, for parents” event featured guest speaker and pediatrician Datta T. Munshi, M.D. on the topic of “Building Healthy Routines: Sleep & Nutrition for the Developing Brain”—and it did not disappoint!
Families across the West Community of schools joined us for a great meal from Pepperoni’s Midway. After dinner, children enjoyed fun activities in the gym, while parents settled in to explore the topic of sleep and nutrition. Our facilitator shared the idea that our relationship with food starts early. Dr. Munshi highlighted nutrition basics by age group, tips to help younger children get things off to a good start and challenges facing today’s teens. She also offered best practices for countering these issues, encouraging balance, mini meals, drinking more water, “screen time” management and making sleep a priority.
Speaking of nighttime “zzzzzs,” Dr. Munshi shared perspective on how lack of sleep impacts our elementary, middle and high school kids, what sleep deprivation looks like, and how over scheduling impacts children and parents alike.
Subsequent breakout discussions enabled parents to connect and share best practices on:
Now it’s time to save the date! Next week’s Community Connect takes place September 11th at 5:30 pm at host venue Vickery Creek Elementary. The spotlight topic is “Employing Healthy Strategies: Managing Anxiety and Stress” with guest speaker and nationally certified counselor, Nicole Yaksh, APC, NCC, CCTP of Lea Counseling. Click to learn more about the session and speaker—and to register for dinner. $5 feeds the entire family, and childcare for ages 3 and up is free! Dinner will be sponsored by Moe's.
To view the full calendar of 2019-2020 Community Connect events, visit us here.