Social media is mostly positive, according to 1 in 3 teens. Meanwhile about 1 in 4 sees social media as mostly negative – and view the main pitfalls as bullying, social drama, decreased in-person interactions, distorted reality, distraction and addiction. Educators and parents might add other concerns such as disinhibition, depression, anxiety, impulsivity, dependence and compulsivity to name a few. The COVID-19 pandemic presented a necessary increase in technology engagement that has changed the landscape of education as well as the student experience.
In this engaging on-site training session, Eli Shapiro, Ed.D., LCSW and Temima Feldman, M.A. will provide a map for helping students access the benefits of social media and technology while navigating away from the risks. As educators, parents and creators of The Digital Citizenship Project, they will explore media literacy and how teens and pre-teens can become better consumers of the online realm. Scarcely a news cycle passes when a celebrity or an athlete isn’t in the headlines for offensive tweets or other online behavior. Specific strategies will be provided to help students understand how their online presence can significantly impact their lives and their opportunities – both now and in the future.
Participants will gain an understanding of the qualitative differences between the many different types of screen engagements: complementary, communication, consumer and creative. Educators will leave with a research-based understanding of the impact of technology, as well as a set of tools to help students minimize the negative impact of technology and maximize the myriad benefits it has to offer.
Train educators to help students learn how to access the benefits of social media and technology while navigating away from the risks.
Technology’s Impact on Students
Teaching Students Digital Citizenship (Part 1)
Teaching Students Digital Citizenship (Part 2)
Leading a Classroom Discussion on Digital Citizenship
|Closing & Q&A|
*In case of an emergency, another qualified presenter will substitute
Dr. Eli Shapiro, Ed.D, LCSW is the creator and director of The Digital Citizenship Project, an Adjunct Professor for the City University of New York and a Trustee of the Queens Borough Public Library. He holds two licenses in school administration and has presented to thousands of parents and school faculty in communities across North America on digital citizenship and the opportunities and pitfalls of social media. Dr. Shapiro is an expert on the social and emotional functioning of families and leads a national study on Jewish families and technology.