"Shaping Our Digital World: You Have the Power" to Tackle the Opportunities and Challenges of Media and Technology

Howard Gardner to headline panels of experts, teens, teachers, and parents at Brookline High School; Hosted by Common Sense Media and The Good Play Project at Harvard Graduate School of Education, with the Brookline Parent Education Network
For immediate release
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

San Francisco and Boston - Common Sense Media, the national nonprofit dedicated to helping parents and teachers manage the media and technology in their kids' and students' lives, and The Good Play Project at Harvard Project Zero, will present a town hall discussion in Brookline on the immense challenges and extraordinary opportunities of both raising kids and growing up in a public and powerful online world. "Shaping Our Digital World: You Have the Power" will feature panels of Boston-area teens, teachers, and parents opening up and sharing their personal hopes, fears, and insights about the digital world. The event will be held at Brookline High School on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 7-9 p.m. ET.

The panels will also feature expert insight and advice from Howard Gardner of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Linda Burch of Common Sense Media, and Justin Reich of the Berkman Center for the Study of Internet and Society.

"In our digital era, many of our institutions need to be refashioned," said Gardner. "We hope that our research will suggest how best to launch the process of reinvention."

"Teens are growing up in a 24/7 digital world that's changing our lives and their futures," said Burch. "They're using technology to connect, collaborate, explore, and learn, but oftentimes parents and teachers feel overwhelmed by media, and how easily this generation has grasped all the good - and bad - media can do. This town hall event will bring parents, teachers, teens, and experts together to start an open dialogue about how we all work together to build a positive online community."

Panels will tackle topics such as online privacy, relationships, civic engagement, learning, and the similarities and differences between how parents and kids approach the digital world.

Common Sense Media has partnered with The Good Play Project on a number of projects relating to digital literacy and citizenship. Most notably, the two groups collaborated on "Digital Literacy and Citizenship in a Connected Culture," a free curriculum for grades K-12 designed to help kids think critically and behave ethically in a digital space. The curriculum is based on the research from The Good Play Project and teaches students about protecting privacy and reputation, how to be a good digital citizen, and how to evaluate information online. Launched in November 2008, Common Sense Media's education programs are now in use in nearly 40,000 schools in 130 countries around the globe.

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit www.digitalworldboston.eventbrite.com.

To learn more about the event, contact Marisa Connolly at mconnolly@commonsense.org. For more information about Common Sense Media, visit https://www.commonsensemedia.org/. For more information about The Good Play Project, visit http://www.goodworkproject.org/research/goodplay/.

About Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our kids are growing up in a culture that profoundly impacts their physical, social, and emotional well-being. We provide families with the advice and media reviews they need in order to make the best choices for their children. Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense Media empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. For more information, go to: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/.

Press Contact:
Marisa Connolly
Common Sense Media
415-553-6703
mconnolly@commonsense.org