‘Sex, Drugs ’n Facebook’ author speaks in Stevens Point Jan. 28

Did your child get a new device over the holidays?  Do you worry about c
yberbullying, sexting, Internet addiction or exposure to inappropriate online content?

Children and young adults with Internet devices have powerful, intoxicating tools. Learn how media and technology influence children and how you can help them make good choices during a free presentation in Stevens Point this month.

Pediatrician Megan Moreno, author of “Sex, Drugs ‘n Facebook: A Parent’s Toolkit for Healthy Internet Use,” will speak at Sentry’s Theater@1800. She’ll discuss balance and boundaries in using Internet, social media and technology from 7—8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28.

She will give parents, educators and teenagers tips for avoiding dangers of the Internet while taking advantage of its potential. Dr. Moreno, of Seattle Children’s Hospital Center for Child Health Behavior and Development, will also share innovative approaches to promote adolescent health.

Kym Buchanan, associate professor of education at UW-Stevens Point, will join Dr. Moreno in a conversation aimed at addressing concerns and increasing awareness. Questions are welcome in advance by contacting cps@uwsp.edu.

“Media and technology change our lives, in positive and negative ways. We're just starting to understand the effects, especially on children and adolescents,” Buchanan said. “We can create, connect and share in exciting, new ways. But what about privacy? Oversharing? Impulsive use?

“We want to be thoughtful about how media and technology affect our work, recreation and relationships, and change our habits,” he said. “Dr. Moreno will help us think through empowering ourselves and our kids, while staying safe and healthy.”

Dr. Moreno’s talk will be of interest to anyone who strives to have a positive influence on children. It is the second event in the Point in Common community speaker series featuring some of nation’s brightest, most innovative educators.

Point in Common is sponsored by the Stevens Point Area Public School District, Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools, UW-Stevens Point, Mid-State Technical College, Sentry Insurance, Okray Family Farms, Phi Delta Kappa and the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin. To register, ask a question or for more information, visit www.pointincommon.org. 

Free child care will be available at Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center during the talk.


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