Taming the Tech Effect: Using Tech as an Ally to Build Character, Community and School Culture (6th -12) by Catherine Steiner-Adair

Never before has the school day extended to 24/7. With collaborative on line homework, all grade and all school chat rooms, parents and teachers emailing, the ‘school house’ and family home have merged.

This workshop will look at look at the ways tech has dramatically altered the lives of teenagers, as well as the student-faculty-parent triad, and school culture. Students describe a big disconnect between who they are at school, and who they are on line, and struggle with an online social networking culture that is often the antithesis of school values. We will look at the best ways to engage teenagers in responsible tech use, and help them understand the neurological, social, psychological and physical risks they are taking.

Faculty struggle with a tension between being available and having boundaries with students and parents. This workshop this talk will help school leaders deepen their understanding of the two worlds and different identities students and faculty must navigate. Participants will learn about the disconnect between school values and online kid culture, and ways to help kids stay safe online, use tech as an ally for building character, community and creativity.

Catherine Steiner-Adair

Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is a Clinical and Consulting Psychologist and Research Associate at Harvard Medical School. In her award winning book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age (HarperCollins), Dr. Steiner-Adair examines ways in which technology and media change how children learn and grow, and shows parents how to balance the benefits of tech while reducing the risks it poses at every stage of development.

She identifies digital age challenges for parents and educators, and ways to strengthen children’s social and emotional development to help them grow to be responsible, resilient, confident, and capable young adults.

An internationally recognized expert in child development, education, and family relationships. She has consulted worldwide to over 600 independent and public schools and spokes at conferences on a wide range of topics including social and emotional intelligence, girl’s development, and best practices for technology at home, schools and work. Her audiences are student’s, educators, parent organizations, health professionals, corporations, non-profit organizations, government leaders and NGO’s.

As a resource to the media, Dr. Steiner-Adair has appeared on ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, PBS, NPR News and she in New York Times, WSJ, Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN Opinion, Time and in the International press. Her earlier research on educating girls to lead and preventing eating disorders lead to the development of "Full of Ourselves: A Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power, Health, and Leadership,” the first successful program of it’s kind, which is currently being translated for use in other countries.

Additional Info

  • Timetable: Saturday, Session 7, 15:10-16:40 Congress Hall A