This March, Wilton Youth Council will turn its focus to technology. The organization is offering two free events, both of which are open to parents with children of all ages, and to students in middle and high school.

“Cell phones, social media, video games and the whole world of the internet are part of our lives now. We have constant access to information and entertainment in a way that didn’t exist a generation ago,” says Kerianne Fanelli, a Wilton Youth Council board member. “We hope to empower parents and their kids to make informed choices. All of us, adults and kids, can learn something about how to manage these tools.”

LIKE: A Documentary about the Impact of Social Media on Our Lives

Wednesday, Mar. 4, at 7 p.m.
Wilton High School Little Theater
Sponsors:  Wilton Youth Council, SPED*NET Wilton, Fusion Academy, Wilton High School PTSA, and Wilton Public Schools

On Wednesday, March 4, the Council is teaming up with Fusion Academy, SPED*NET Wilton, the Wilton High School PTSA and Wilton Public Schools to offer a screening of LIKE: A Documentary about the Impact of Social Media on Our Lives. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Susan Bauerfeld, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist, and Chris Parrott, B.P.S., chartered counseling psychologist, two popular speakers on the topic of managing the impact of digital devices and content.

“We are excited because Dr. Bauerfeld and Ms. Parrott will be joined by Libby LaRoche, a student from Western Connecticut State University. Libby is a senior in college, and we think it will be so valuable for middle and high school students and their parents to have a young adult participate in this conversation,” says Heather Reading, another Youth Council board member. “Libby grew up with social media. She is a digital native, so she brings a unique perspective.”

Raising the Touch Screen Generation: The Role of Technology in our Children’s Lives

Tuesday, Mar. 24
10-11:30 a.m. OR 7-8:30 p.m. (TWO Opportunities)
Wilton Library Brubeck Room
Sponsors:  Wilton Youth Council, Wilton Kiwanis, and Wilton Library

On Tuesday, March 24, Alicia Farrell Ph.D. will return to Wilton for Raising the Touch Screen Generation: The Role of Technology in our Children’s Lives. Farrell will explore the fine line between healthy and unhealthy technology use (screen-time, social media, entertainment) and how parents, mentors and educators can help children walk it.

“After the LIKE movie, Dr. Farrell’s talk is a great way to pull the lens back a bit, and take a look not just at social media, but all of the other ways in which we use technology,” says Fanelli. “We are grateful to the Kiwanis Club of Wilton and Wilton Library for their support in bringing this popular speaker to town. Dr. Farrell always gets rave reviews.”

More information about both events and registration links are available on the Wilton Youth Council website. Please email Genevieve Eason with questions.