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What's Happening to Our Kids? The Impact Social Media Is Having on Children and Teens—and What We Can Do About It

What's Happening to Our Kids? The Impact Social Media Is Having on Children and Teens—and What We Can Do About It
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May 3, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
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What's happening to our kids? Don't miss this important discussion on how we can mitigate the impact social media is having on children and teens. 

Many educators, healthcare professionals and parents have shared their personal experiences of the negative impacts they've seen with social media and their kids. It's critical that we understand how social media platforms operate and encourage users to make informed decisions about the content they are receiving. 

Join us on Tuesday, May 3, at 7:00 PM EDT for a  special AFT and Share My Lesson public online townhall and discussion with AFT President Randi Weingarten, Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen, and special guests.  

This session is open to everyone and will include a parent and a school psychologist.

Speakers

Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal government employees; and early childhood educators. The AFT champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for students, their families and communities. The AFT and its members advance these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through members’ work.

Frances Haugen is an advocate for accountability & transparency in social media. Born in Iowa City, Iowa, Frances is the daughter of two professors and grew up attending the Iowa caucuses with her parents, instilling a strong sense of pride in democracy and responsibility for civic participation.

Frances holds a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Olin College and a MBA from Harvard University. She is a specialist in algorithmic product management, having worked on ranking algorithms at Google, Pinterest, Yelp and Facebook. In 2019, she was recruited to Facebook to be the lead Product Manager on the Civic Misinformation team, which dealt with issues related to democracy and misinformation, and later also worked on counter-espionage. Read more

Dalia Hashad is an attorney and campaign strategist. She directs ParentsTogether’s initiative to help make tech platforms safer for children and everyone. Prior to that, she worked with Laura Murphy on the Civil Rights Audit of Facebook commissioned by Sheryl Sandberg. She has negotiated with some of the world’s largest tech giants to secure significant product and policy changes to protect users. At the social advocacy organization, Avaaz, Dalia directed campaigns on a broad range of issues from climate justice to women’s rights. She was Director of the USA Program for Amnesty International and led an initiative at the ACLU for racial justice. Dalia received her BA in Environmental Policy from UC Berkeley and her JD from New York University, School of Law.

Dr. Warren Ng, AACAP, is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with an interest in HIV, public psychiatry, and family issues. He is the Medical Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health and the Director of clinical services for the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. He is President for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) an has been past president of the New York Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He serves on the Assembly and the Council on Children, Adolescents, and Families at the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Lola Nordlinger is a senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High school and will be attending the University of Michigan next year as a Communications and Media major. This past year she was a multimedia editor of  her school’s magazine, The Tattler.   She published a feature investigative article as part of a series of related articles and is currently working on a documentary about the impact of social media on teenagers.  

Devin Lee is a high school sophomore at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, MD.  This year, Devin became a fellow with the Youth Creating Change (YCC) Fellowship program.  He was part of a team that developed a training program for high school students to learn how to use Social Media for Social Justice. 

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A Tangled Web The Fraught Relationship between Teenage Girls & Instagram.pdf

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Letters to My Middle School Self: Teenagers Reflect on Growing Up in the Shadow of Social Media
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What’s Happening to Our Kids? The Impact Social Media is Having on Children and Teens
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