Wilton Youth Council is kicking off this year’s Parent Information Series with the first program, “The Cyber Child: Effects of Social Media–Neurological, Social, and Educational Implications,” on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The speaker, is Chris Parrott, a BPS Chartered Counseling Psychologist and co-founder of “Your Self Series.”

The Cyber Child program is the first of three to feature speakers on the overall topic of raising healthy, happy teens.

Parrott’s talk will explore several questions:  What is the true impact of social media on our children? What are the benefits and pitfalls–neurologically, socially and educationally–to cyber exposure? What are the best strategies for parents to support the overall well being of their children in today’s social-media-centric world?

This workshop will answer these questions, leveraging the most current research on the effects of social media on children’s brains and behaviors. Participants will explore the cyber social reality that pervades children’s lives and shapes their still-forming identities and social interactions. They will be asked to critically evaluate how their own interactions with children, consciously and unconsciously, are affected by social media and technology.

This presentation is appropriate for parents with children of all ages.

Wilton Youth Council has partnered with Weston Youth Services to offer both a morning and evening program on Tuesday, Nov. 1:

  • 10-11:30 a.m.:  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Registration is recommended (online or by calling 203.762.6334).
  • 7-8:30 p.m.:  Weston Senior Center (inside Hurlbutt Elementary School), 9 School Rd., Weston.

The series is sponsored by Newport Academy, Weston Youth Services, Wilton Library, Wilton Presbyterian Church, Wilton Schools PTAs and PTSA, Wilton Youth Services and Wilton Youth Council.

The other two programs in the speaker series are: Tracey Mastella, LCSW, will present “Raise Your Child to be a Resilient Adult”; and Elizabeth Jorgensen, CADC, will bring us her popular talk, “Delay Your Gray: How to Keep Your Teenager Safe and Yourself Sane.” All presentations will be offered at 10 a.m. and at 7 p.m..