March 21, 2012 PTA Meeting

Wed., March 21 (in Queens)Electronic Media and the 'Always On' Adolescent 

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On Wednesday, March 21, the PTA will hold its annual meeting in Queens, at 7 pm, at the Nan Shan Senior Center, 136-18 39th Ave., 6th Floor, Flushing. Bus service from HCHS will be provided (see directions and transportation details). We thank the Chinese American Parents' Association (CAPA) for their coordination assistance.

We will explore the effects of electronic media on the generation growing up today with cellphones, Facebook, Skype, videogames, or other forms of communication "always on." Less visible than the gadgets are the intimate communities of "friends" that develop around each of them. How do parents begin to understand this new world, let along monitor it? What are the consequences for our children in terms of their social development and the "end" of their privacy? Topics will include: 

  • Generation gap differences, impact on family relationships
  • Parent concerns (invisibility, time monitoring, cyberbullying, inappropriate content, exploitation, meeting strangers)
  • Understanding norms and necessary skills in social media 
  • Personality issues (social media vs. personal interactions)
  • Online relationships (extended friends, circles, social development)
  • Parental monitoring of teen usage (should we, how much, how to do it?)
  • Exposed generation (the Internet and the end of privacy; danger/consequences of making mistakes)

Panelists include:

Dr. Richard Gallagher is an associate professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine and director of special projects at the NYU Child Study Center's Institute for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Behavior Disorders. He is an expert in the treatment of selective mutism as well as organizational skills deficits. He has served as clinical director of mental health services for the Port Washington School District Alternative High School, co-led and founded the specialty internship track in child and adolescent psychology in the Bellevue Hospital/NYU Psychology Training Program and has served as director of the Parenting Institute. 
Dr. Nicole Foubister is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychiatry at the NYU Medical Center and Director of the Tisch Young Adult Inpatient Program, Assistant Unit Chief for Inpatient Psychiatry. She is the creator and professor of an NYU undergraduate course entitled, Children and the Media and is currently in full time private practice.
Margarita Paredes, Psy.D. , is the bilingual clinical director of LINCS “Latinos in Context” at the NYU Child Study Center. She also directs the “Community Service Project” providing prevention services to twelve schools below 59th street, funded by NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Paredes is trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). Her  focus in treatment is primarily children and adults who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, pre and postpartum complications and disorders, and has a special interest in teen parents.