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Managing Our Children's Digital Lives

Heathwood families and members of the Midlands community are invited to two upcoming opportunities to learn from experts about how to help your children navigate their digital lives:

  • On October 6 at 3:00 p.m., we will be showing the movie Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience. In this film, a sequel to Screenagers, which aired at Heathwood a few years ago, Delaney Ruston sets out to understand the challenges adolescents face in our current screen-filled society, and how we as parents and schools can empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience. Attendance is free but preregistration is required. 

Screenagers will be screened in the Robinson Center Lecture Hall. To reach the Robinson Center, bear right when you enter the campus, and follow the road around until it dead ends into a parking lot near the track and tennis courts. The Robinson Center is across from the tennis courts at the far end of the parking lot. It is a modern building with a greenhouse attached to it.

Learn more about Screenagers here.

Attendance at the film is free, but preregistration is required. 

Register here by October 4.

 

  • On October 17 at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Devorah Heitner will speak to Heathwood Hall families and the public about helping our children manage their relationship with digital media and technology.  There is no charge for this event.  Dr. Heitner is a nationally recognized expert on children and social media, and the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World and founder of Raising Digital Natives (https://www.raisingdigitalnatives.com/).  Dr. Heitner’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalTIME magazine and Education Week. She has a Ph.D. in Media/Technology & Society from Northwestern University and has taught at DePaul and Northwestern.

Dr. Heitner's talk is also free. Registration is requested but not required. The talk will be held in the Heathwood Hall Dining Commons, located on the back side of our campus. To reach the Dining Commons, bear right when you enter the campus, and follow the road around until it dead ends into a parking lot near the track and tennis courts. The Dining Commons is the large brick building facing the tennis courts.

Learn more or register here.

 

Have questions about either event? Reach out to Heathwood Middle School Counselor Stacy Gross at sgross@heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall is located at 3000 S. Beltline Blvd., Columbia, SC 29201.