In this lecture, Dr. Steiner-Adair will examine the ways in which technology and media are putting our children at risk at every stage of development and challenging what it means to be a family. She will share real-life stories from her clinical practice, from her work with educators and parents, and from extensive interviews with students from preschool through high school and beyond. Easy access to the Internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children from the unsavory aspects of adult life, and Steiner-Adair helps her audiences to understand the psychological risks and fallout that children are experiencing, often with their parents unaware. While discussing how chronic technological distractions can have deep and lasting effects on children and parents alike, Dr. Steiner-Adair proves that children need parents and educators to provide what technology cannot: close, meaningful interactions with the adults in their lives. She will give the audience the skills to deconstruct unhealthy messages from online culture and create space for nourishing deep attention, creativity, empathy, and healthy relationships.
Dr. Steiner-Adair's long- standing interest in cultural values that undermine children's healthy development began in her early years as a doctoral student at Harvard, and while she served as a school psychologist at Phillips Academy Andover. Her award-winning research led to the acclaimed middle school program "Full of Ourselves: A Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power, Health, and Leadership." This social and emotional curricula aimed at giving girls tools to resist the culture of body preoccupation and disordered eating; it was the first successful middle school -based primary prevention program of its kind. Dr. Steiner-Adair has a private practice in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, where she works with children, adults, couples, and families. She is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Psychologist at McLean Hospital. She lives outside Boston with her husband, Fred, and enjoys family life in the digital age with a son and a daughter. She is the author of the recently published book, The Big Disconnect.
This lecture is being co-presented by The Farnsworth Art Museum’s Education Department and Trekkers, a nonprofit, outdoor-based mentoring program that connects young people to caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education.
Cost: Museum members and educators: $5
For advance reservations please call 207-594-5095.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.