New York Spring Luncheon

Mean-Spirited by Mistake? Raising Caring Kids in a Digital World

New York Luncheon and Panel Discussion Highlights

On November 21st, Common Sense Media hosted leading authors, educators, celebrities and parents at the Harmonie Club in New York City for a discussion of the impact of digital media on how today's kids learn, communicate, and connect.

The event was a sold out, standing room capacity crowd of 350 people who gathered for a luncheon and panel conversation moderated by Common Sense Board Member Chelsea Clinton, and featured renowned child psychologist and Harvard educator Dr. Howard Gardner, NYT best-selling author Emily Bazelon and Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media Jim Steyer.

After opening remarks from the NY Advisory Council Co-Chair Miyoung Lee, and an introduction of the guest experts by Jim Steyer, the panel launched into an engaging discussion about the challenges of parenting in the digital age. The key issues focused on finding the successful balance of quality, age appropriate media and managing the amount of time spent with it; maximizing the potential of technology to turn screen time into learning time; and the importance of inspiring empathy as a key skill to help all kids create communities of kindness in the online world.

After the formatted conversation, the floor was handed to the audience who lined up to ask their owns questions of the experts on everything from cyberbullying to helping kids develop "good grit", to the difficulty of modeling healthy media use when parents themselves are so tethered to their tablets and smart phones.

Parents lingered long after the event concluded, continuing to talk about the insights shared by the experts and to ask questions about the work of Common Sense Media. It was a wonderful and rewarding few hours spent with our dedicated supporters and new connections about the importance of supporting kids and families to thrive in the 24/7 digital world. View event photos below.

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Host Committee

  • Heba Abedin
  • Alyssa Bliss
  • Nancy Bynum
  • Faith Carrie Coolidge
  • Rachel Dalton
  • Dawn Davis
  • Jill Davis
  • Sarah Deckey
  • Jodi Gold
  • Pamela Henes
  • Lisa Kim
  • Mara Landis
  • Jiyeun Lee
  • Miyoung Lee
  • Samantha Marvin
  • Heejung Moon
  • Tricia Pantzer
  • Haley Rockwell
  • Leslie Rylee
  • Alexandra Scott
  • Lauren Shortt

NY Advisory Council

  • Nancy Berkeley Bynum, Esq.
  • Chelsea Clinton
  • Michael Colacino
  • Rachel Dalton, Esq.
  • George Davison
  • William Dessoffy
  • Stephanie Dua
  • Jonathan S. Henes (Co-Chair)
  • Andrew Hoine
  • Mara Landis
  • Miyoung Lee (Co-Chair)
  • Carol Sutton Lewis
  • Anthony E. Malkin
  • Alexander Navab
  • Gregory J. O'Melia
  • Marva Smalls
  • David Topper
  • Remy Trafelet
  • Robyn Watson
  • Donna Wick, Ed.D.

Platinum Sponsor

Nancy Bynum and Miyoung Lee
Steve and Roberta Denning

Silver Sponsor

Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Coolidge
Ground Control Parenting
Jennifer Hoine
Mara and Dean Landis


Gold Sponsor

Jill Davis and Edward Conard


Bronze Sponsor


Heba Abedin
Sarah Deckey
Jodi Gold
Jennifer Harris
JPMorgan Chase
Kobre & Kim LLP
Jiyeun Lee
Cindy Mark
Hee-Jung and John Moon
Faryl Morse
Mara Sandler

2013 Luncheon Photos

Over 300 guests attended our SOLD OUT 2nd Annual NY luncheon fundraiser at The Harmonie Club on November 21, 2013.
See more photos from the event.