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Parenting & Beyond...Speaker Series

PDF of Presentation & More Common Sense Media Resources

Thank you for attending our Speaker Event on March 21, 2018. We had an insightful presentation from Merve Lapus, Director at Common Sense Media on Technology Use. He has graciously provided a PDF of his presentation and additional links to resources. Please remember to complete the online evaluation to help us with future planning on speakers and topics that would be useful for you. See you next time!


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Agenda for

March 21, 2018


6:30-7pm - Optional Pre-purchased Dinner Served


6:45-7pm - Walk in Registration


7-8:30pm - Presentation


8:30-9pm - Question & Answer session

The San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs' Parenting Speaker Series bring professionals and experts on various aspects of parenting in order to inform and provide learning opportunities to our parents and educators to benefit kids of all ages.


Wednesday , March 21, 2018

San Ramon Community Center

12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

(Optional Pre-purchased Dinner Served at 6:30pm)

$15 registration before February 21, 2018


Come join us for an engaging evening of learning as Merve Lapus, Director of Professional Services at Common Sense Media, will speak on Ways to Have Critical Family Conversations About Balancing Digital Life, Managing Apps and Staying Positive on Social Media. He will share eye-opening videos and statistics from surveys of more than 2,600 8-18 year olds and over 1,800 parents, and lead us in a discussion about strategies for tackling the parenting issues surrounding devices and digital life. 


Merve will give us an overview of the current landscape of media and technology in the lives of our kids and families, but focus on tips and suggestions for how our families can address these important issues. He will introduce us to Common Sense Media's Connecting Families webpage, which details how to hold parent group discussions using their Series of Conversation Cases. Connecting Families also includes discussion guides with questions on carefully selected videos that open up great conversations about tough topics like Cyberbullying, Video Games and the Internet. Merve will also talk about a whole community approach to digital citizenship and how it is a community responsibility to reinforce that kids think critically, participate responsibly, and behave safely when engaging with media and technology on a daily basis. Parents will also have a chance to ask questions, and share your own personal experiences and tactics for dealing with technology and media use in their homes. Since SRVUSD uses Common Sense Media as the main resource to teach digital citizenship lessons in all our schools, parents will get a closer look at the messages and instructions that our kids receive in class. For more information on the digital citizenship curriculum, please check out the SRVUSD Digital Citizenship Website.


Merve Lapus has over 15 years of experience working with school communities to build educator capacity through professional development. Merve presents at education-based events across the United States and delivers professional development to schools, districts, and major conferences. He sits on a number of steering committees addressing school climate and state policy initiatives within his local counties, and he is currently a board member at-large for CUE San Francisco (formerly Computer-Using Educators). Merve holds a B.A. in psychology and sociology from the University of San Francisco and is often behind a camera snapping pictures of this wife and two daughters dancing around the Bay Area.


Common Sense Media is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Headquartered in San Francisco, it empowers parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives. 


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Agenda for

January 20, 2018


8-9am - Registration and Breakfast


8:45am - Walk in Registration accepted, no breakfast


9-10am - Presentation


10-10:30am - Question & Answer session


10:30-11am - Book Signing

The San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs' Parenting Speaker Series bring professionals and experts on various aspects of parenting in order to inform and provide learning opportunities to our parents and educators to benefit kids of all ages.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

San Ramon Valley High School Theater

501 Danville Blvd., Danville

8:00 am - 11:00 am 

$15 Registration Fee before December 15, 2017


For our inaugural Speaker event, we welcome Jean Twenge, Ph.D, professor of Psychology at San Diego State University and author of iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood (and What That Means for the Rest of Us). She will share with us her extensive research on the generation that follows (and perhaps slightly overlaps) the Millennials. They are coined iGens and they don't remember a time before the Internet and grew up with smartphones and social media. If you’re a parent or work with young people, chances are you’ve wondered whether this generation is really different—and how they got that way. As parents, we're bombarded every day with confusing information about how to help our children succeed. We worry they are absorbing the wrong values from our current culture and that they are spending too much time with screens and not enough with people. Understanding the truth vs. myths of generational changes and the culture that produced them is the first step to guiding our children toward a more grounded life. Come join us for Jean's presentation and book signing!


Jean Twenge has also authored more than 140 scientific publications and the books, iGen, Generation Me and The Narcissism Epidemic (co-authored with W. Keith Campbell). Dr. Twenge frequently gives talks and seminars on teaching and working with today's younger generation based on a dataset of 11 million young people. Her audiences have included parents, college faculty and staff, high school teachers, military personnel, camp directors and corporate executives. Her research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post, and she has been featured on Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox and Friends, NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. 


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