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New Rochelle School District Focuses On Scope Of Kids' Digital Lives

Social media and the digital lives of children will be discussed at an event at New Rochelle High School.
Social media and the digital lives of children will be discussed at an event at New Rochelle High School. Photo Credit: Flickr User Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The New Rochelle City School District invites parents to a free communitywide digital media event that will focus on monitoring kids' digital presence on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at New Rochelle High School.

The presentation will be held in the Whitney Young Auditorium. The high school is at 265 Clove Road, New Rochelle.

The evening will include an in-depth, interactive presentation, a student performance and expert panel discussion about the social/emotional/educational landscape of children’s digital lives. The panel will be moderated by FiOS1 News Anchor Mike Gilliam.

These are the panelists:

• Jeff Gardere, "America's Psychologist," who appears regularly on the Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News. He has written several books including "Practical Parenting" and "Smart Parenting for African Americans."

• Nancy Friedman, co-founder of KidzVuz, a tween-focused media and entertainment company. KidzVuz delivers safe and creative products to tweens and their parents through interactive media and mobile apps.

• Christine Coleman, director of technology for the school district. In this role, she leads all aspects of digital instruction and learning for 14,000 users K-12.

• Lauren Barry, of the high school's Students Against Destructive Decisions. A junior, she’s been an active executive board member of SADD since the beginning of her freshman year.

Topics will includehHow can parents effectively monitor their children's presence online? What  are the best ways to encourage kids to make safe choices? What apps and social media tools are  students using and how do they actually work?

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