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“Raising Resilient Children and Teens in the Digital World” – April 3 in Shrewsbury

brooksSHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Dr. Robert Brooks and Mr. Rich Brooks present “Raising Resilient Children and Teens in the Digital World” at 7:00PM on April 3, 2014 at Oak Middle School, 45 Oak Street, Shrewsbury, MA.

Technology and children receive a lot of media attention these days: too much screen time, lack of social interaction and cyberbullying. Yet technology will play an integral part in their jobs, their relationships, and in every aspect of their lives. Social media and technology are tools that can be used to raise responsible, healthy children. The question is how can we prepare our children and teens for the challenges of tomorrow while teaching them responsible use of technology today?

In this session, Dr. Bob Brooks will describe the outlook and skills that parents can nurture in their children and teens to increase self-discipline, responsibility, caring, and resilience. Then Rich Brooks (Bob’s son), an expert in social media who has two daughters, the oldest of whom is in middle school, will address the ways in which (a) schools can use social media to teach students responsibilities and skills that are associated with resilience, and (b) parents can establish reasonable limits on screen time without stifling creativity, learning or impeding of homework. Rich will also highlight some practical tactics parents and teachers can use to monitor and manage online activity.

Dr. Bob Brooks is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Clark University. He has lectured nationally and internationally and written extensively about the themes of resilience, motivation, parenting, family relationships, positive school and work climates, and balancing our personal and professional lives. He is the author or co-author of 15 books including Raising Resilient Children; Raising a Self-Disciplined Child; and The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life. Additional information about Bob may be found on his website (www.drrobertbrooks.com).

Rich Brooks is founder and president of flyte new media (www.flyte.biz), a web design and marketing firm in Portland, Maine. He is a nationally recognized speaker on entrepreneurship, Internet marketing, and social media. His expertise in these areas are reflected in numerous activities including: He presents and blogs (www.flyteblog.com) on web marketing topics such as social media, search engine optimization, email marketing, blogs, and building websites that sell. He is currently an Expert Blogger at FastCompany.com and a regular contributor at SocialMediaExaminer.com. He is a founder of The Agents of Change Digital Marketing Conference (http://www.agentsofchangecon.com/), an annual conference on search, social & mobile marketing. He runs The Marketing Agents Podcast (www.themarketingagents.com/itunes), where he interviews marketing experts from around the world on search, social & mobile marketing. He is the “tech guru” on WCSH Channel 6’s evening news show, 207, and teaches web marketing and social media courses for entrepreneurs at the University of Southern Maine’s Center for Continuing Education. In addition, Rich serves as a consultant to a high school social media club in the Portland, Maine area.

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