Parents, kids and digital devices–it’s a combustible combination. The Wilton Youth Council is holding a discussion in its 2017-2018 Parent Information Series on just that:  “Managing the Impact and Influence of Digital Devices and Content:  What to do, how to do it and why it’s important.”

We are all trailblazers in a new frontier–The Digital World. Travel there, via electronic devices, has become so ubiquitous, swift and compelling that it is common to find ourselves there for long stretches of time unaware of how far we have strayed from essential Physical World resources and needs.

Because the digital territory is so new, and there are few, if any, experienced guides, parents often feel overwhelmed, scared, daunted and/or defeated. Some resort to “Command and Control.” Others throw their hands in the air. Some alternate between the two. None of these approaches are particularly helpful to kids who want and need to travel in the Digital World.

Join popular speakers Susan Bauerfeld, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Chris Parrott, BPS Chartered Counseling Psychologist, to learn how to take a different approach based on an understanding of the science of how both devices and human relationships can influence behavior. The presentation will include practical, flexible and straightforward guidelines for teaching the skills needed to manage digital devices and content so children and parents can travel in and out of the Digital World with composure, mindfulness, resilience and good health.

The session will be offered twice on Tuesday, March 20, once in the morning and a second time in the evening. Both are free to attend, but registration is recommended for either. The presentation is appropriate for parents with children of all ages.

The morning session will be held at the Wilton Library (137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton) from 10-11:30 a.m.; to register visit the Wilton Library website or call 203.762.6334.

The evening session will be held at the Weston Library (56 Norfield Rd., Weston) from 7-8:30 p,m.; to register visit the Weston Library website.

Save the date for a follow-up discussion led by Bauerfeld and Parrott on April 24, from 10-11:30 a.m. at Wilton Library. After trying what has been learned, parents can bring questions and hone skills. A minimum of 25 registrants is required for the follow-up program to run. Registration for this follow-up session is required on the Wilton Library website or by calling 203.762.6334.

The series is sponsored by the Weston Library, Weston Youth Services, Wilton Library, Wilton Youth Council, Wilton Youth Services, and SPED*NET Wilton.