Character Day

If you missed the webinar social and emotional learning through media, you can catch the recording here. A brief description is included from the site below.

“How do you disseminate ideas on the science of character, social emotional learning, and flourishing in today’s world far and wide? Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards Tiffany Shlain spoke aboutCharacter Day, a movement that unites people from all over the world to discuss these ideas. It’s now in its third year, and over 20,000 events at schools and organizations around the world have signed up for Character Day, which is set for September 22, 2016. Character Day is a free annual day where students and educators from around the world screen films on the science of character development from different perspectives. Students dive into free printed discussion materials and join an online global conversation around character and the importance of developing character strengths (resilience, grit, empathy, courage, kindness) — all rooted in evidence-based research.



In today’s 24/7 digital world, parents are concerned about the messages their kids are soaking up from the media they consume.  In this recorded webinar, viewers also will hear from Dr. Yalda T Uhls about Common Sense Media’s new rating system which identifies movies and TV shows that teach children character strengths. Yalda shared how Common Sense Media’s new rating tools help parents discover, use, and choose movies and TV shows that portray positive character strengths and life skills in a way that experts have determined can support kids’ development.”





Interesting Links for Educators

Here are some pages on my website that are useful and interesting for schools and educators!

Edutopia is great resource for educational materials.

Great Schools is a website with very useful for information about any school in the country, private or public.

Psychology in Action is a UCLA graduate student blog that writes about really interesting psychological research.

Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence Dr Steinberg’s book now in Paperbook – excellent resource for understanding the research behind how teens brains and bodies develop

This site (SafeSmartSocial)has tutorials and information on some of the latest social media apps popular with kids.

Take this test to find out how many times your (or your teens) personal data has been exposed to hackers!

A Digital Glossary to understand all the social media jargon your kids use

Test your knowledge of technology with this Pew quiz.

Key and Peele — how tone is lost in texting

Can we Autocorrect Humanity?  Prince EA

Video on this article at the bottom on Sleep and why it’s important – Dr Daniel Siegal

Are screen-addicted kids frying kids their brains?

Kids Want Fame More Than Anything

Internet Addiction—Epidemic or Fad?

The Science of Selfies

Kids and Multitasking, with Patricia Greenfield

Adolescents and Electronic Media, with Patricia Greenfield

The Science of Why Your Kids Can’t Resist Frozen


Interesting Links for Parents

Here are some pages on my website that are interesting and useful to parents!

This Biblioparenting free sampler provides extracts from some of the top books from parenting experts.

My number one resource as a parent is Common Sense Media.

Kids in the House has videos from parenting experts in multiple fields of expertise.

3 Things to consider before buying your kid a cellphone this holiday season is an article I wrote for Time magazine.

Here is a PDF collection of a variety of teachable moments linked to Digital Footprints.

Show your kid that every Facebook post is saved.  Download all Facebook data, which you can do by going to General Settings and following the bottommost link.

A Digital Glossary to understand all the social media jargon your kid uses

Show kids that the web archives data by going to this site that saves pages of websites.

Here is an article about what girls show on Instagram versus how they are really feeling — helps teach them about FOMO (fear of missing out).

An app that can guess who you are from Facebook – teach kids how much information they (and you) are giving away!

The Science of Why Your Kids Can’t Resist Frozen

The internet will not turn your teenagers into brain-dead zombies

As Digital Tools Abound, Help Kids Self-Regulate


Internet and the teen brain: what do we know, and what should we be asking?

This article was first posted on Psychology in Action, written by my talented colleague Lauren Sherman who is doing fascinating research with the Children’s Digital Media Center@LA, UCLA.


Teenagers—and more specifically, their brains—are having something of a moment in the psychological literature and popular press. Noninvasive imaging tools like fMRI allow us to peek at adolescents’ cognition in real time, and to build a better understanding of the brain’s developing structure. You may be familiar with research suggesting that the brain continues to mature well into the 20’s, and that some of the last regions to complete this maturation are involved in higher-order processes like planning for the future and inhibiting impulses. Our growing knowledge of the teen brain has important implications in a variety of domains, including legal culpability and appropriate educational practices.

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