“Fostering a Child’s Full Potential in a Screen-Filled World” with Diana Graber – 11/9

Wednesday, November 9  | 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall |  Suggested Donation: $5 | Event Flier

Join Diana Graber, co-founder of Cyberwise and founder of Cyber Civics for “Fostering a Child’s Full Potential in a Screen-Filled World.” This engaging presentation will cover the following:

  • What skills do kids need most to thrive today, both online and off? Surprisingly, experts agree that the most important digital skills are not technical skills, but social and behavioral skills. Find out how schools guided by the Core Principles of Public Waldorf Education already expertly teach these skills.
  • See an overview of how media affects kids at all ages and stages, from birth through 18 years of age. We’ll take a look at the latest research, current guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and more.
  • Instead of saying “no tech, think “slow tech”! Learn about the “Slow Tech Media Diet” instituted at Journey School. Receive guidelines on developmentally-appropriate integration of technology for children.
  • Learn how Cyber Civics helps schools extend what they are already teaching (social and behavioral skills) into the digital world. Learn about the three-year program that helps students become ethical, thoughtful, and competent digital citizens.
  • Participate in hands-on Cyber Civics lessons. Learn how parents can be involved in this program too.
  • Discussion and questions.

About Diana Graber

dianagraberDiana Graber is a recognized expert on digital literacy. She writes for, is interviewed by, and appears often in the press on topics related to how technology impacts human behavior. Her no-nonsense approach comes from being an educator, media producer, academic, and most of all, a mom.

As Adjunct Faculty of the Media Psychology M.A. program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP), she taught “Media Psychology for the 21st Century.” She also developed and teaches a middle-school media literacy program called Cyber Civics™. Her paper, New Media Literacies: A Developmental Approach, is published in the Journal of Media Literacy Education (JMLE) and she is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and many other publications.

Graber has a B.A. in Communications Studies from UCLA, an M.A. in Media Psychology & Social Change from Fielding Graduate University/UCLA and was a finalist for the NAMLE Research Emerging Scholar Award in 2011. Her Cyber Civics program was recently  recognized as an “Innovation in Education” finalist by Project Tomorrow and the O.C. Tech Alliance and is now being taught at schools in 20 states and internationally. She serves on the boards of the Journey Foundation and Wheels4Life and resides with her husband and two “digital native” daughters in Capistrano Beach, CA.

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