Screen Time Real Talk
Sunday, March 13
3:30PM - 4:30PM
110 E 2nd St
Internet addiction. Inability to recognize emotions. Obesity. Some argue this is what screens lead to therefore kids shouldn’t be on screens. But is an all-or-nothing approach realistic? It’s time for a real screen time debate. Aren’t there benefits of technology for kids? Do physical and digital play have to be mutually exclusive? Do different forms of technology have different merits? How should parents address screen time? Panelists will go beyond an all-or-nothing discussion and provide substantive perspectives on how screen time should be addressed in the modern age. They’ll touch on where the current conversation falls short, along with the benefits and harms of technology for kids.
Björn Jeffery is the CEO and co-founder of Toca Boca, a play studio that makes digital toys for kids. Since its first product launch in 2011, Toca Boca has released 30 apps that have been downloade...Show the rest
Björn Jeffery is the CEO and co-founder of Toca Boca, a play studio that makes digital toys for kids. Since its first product launch in 2011, Toca Boca has released 30 apps that have been downloaded in 215 countries worldwide. With over 100 million total downloads to date, Toca Boca apps focus on stimulating kids’ imagination so that they can play and have fun in a safe digital environment.
Prior to starting Toca Boca, Jeffery was Director of Future Media & Technology at Bonnier Research & Development, where he was responsible for global research and analysis regarding consumer behavior and strategic shifts in technology. Before Bonnier, Jeffery was CEO of the strategic web agency Good Old, founder of men’s fashion site Manolo.se, and a journalist for Swedish outlets Göteborgs-Posten and SVT (Swedish National Television).
With offices in San Francisco, Stockholm and New York, Toca Boca is part of The Bonnier Group, a family-owned business that includes newspapers, magazines, television, cinemas and digital media.
In 2014 Björn became a father for the first time when his daughter Miranda was born.Hide the rest
Dir, Center for Child Health, Behavior, & Dev
Seattle Children's Research Institute
A pediatrician, researcher, and parent, Dimitri Christakis, is the George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington, Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Devel...Show the rest
A pediatrician, researcher, and parent, Dimitri Christakis, is the George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington, Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and an attending pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is the author of over 180 original research articles, a textbook of pediatrics and The Elephant in the Living Room: Make Television work for your kids. (September 2006; Rodale) His passion is developing actionable strategies to optimize the cognitive, emotional, and social development of preschool children. The pursuit of that passion has taken him from the exam room, to the community and most recently to cages of newborn mice. Christakis’ laboratory focuses on the effects of early environmental influences on child health and development and his work has been featured on the Today Show, ABC, NBC, CBS and NPR news as well as all major national and international newspapers. He speaks frequently to international audiences of pediatricians, parents, and educators about the impact of early learning on brain development.Hide the rest
Dir, Early Education Initiative
Lisa Guernsey is deputy director of the Education Policy Program and director of the Learning Technologies Project at New America. She leads teams of writers and analysts to tell stories, translate...Show the rest
Lisa Guernsey is deputy director of the Education Policy Program and director of the Learning Technologies Project at New America. She leads teams of writers and analysts to tell stories, translate research, examine policies, and generate ideas for new approaches to help disadvantaged students succeed. Prior to her work at New America, Lisa worked as a staff writer at The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education and has contributed to several other national publications, including The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, Slate, and USA TODAY. She is co-author with Michael H. Levine of Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens (Jossey-Bass, 2015) and author of Screen Time: How Electronic Media – From Baby Videos to Educational Software – Affects Your Young Child (Basic Books, 2012). She won a 2012 gold Eddie magazine award for a School Library Journal article on e-books and has served on several national advisory committees on early education, including the Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Science of Children Birth To Age 8. Lisa holds a master’s in English/American studies and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia. Lisa lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her two daughters. She is on Twitter @LisaGuernsey.Hide the rest
Dir of Early Childhood & Parent Systems
The Primary School
Sunita Mohanty is the Director of Early Childhood & Parent Systems for The Primary School, an integrated health and education model serving children, and their families, from birth through the tran...Show the rest
Sunita Mohanty is the Director of Early Childhood & Parent Systems for The Primary School, an integrated health and education model serving children, and their families, from birth through the transition to high school. Previously, in her role at Lumosity, Sunita started LumiKids, a digital playspace for young children to have fun while exploring adaptive & intuitive early learning activities. Sunita's prior career includes founding an education analytics startup, investing in early stage education entrepreneurs & roles in finance.
Sunita currently resides in San Francisco and sits on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Children's Creativity Museum. Sunita has a BBA from University of Michigan and an MBA and M.A. Ed (with a focus on Learning Design & Technology) from Stanford University.Hide the rest