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All SCC events are canceled for the spring. We are working on rescheduling our spring speaker event for fall 2020. In the meantime, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook. We are pushing out lots of materials on managing stress and mental health while social distancing.  


Sixth Grade Ethics Days

Unfortunately, Sixth Grade Ethics Days are cancelled along with everything else. We thank everyone who volunteered to help.
The SCC thanks the McLean Rotary Club, the McLean Community Foundation, and the Zavela Foundation for funding of Ethics Day for 2020. We are holding these funds for 2021 Ethics Days. Thanks also to Vocelli’s pizza for providing wonderful service and a special SCC discount. 

Kids, Teens, and Screens: Finding Balance,

featuring Ana Homayoun

We are working on rescheduling Ana for the fall. If you’ve purchased tickets, please contact us at info@mcleanscc.org to get a refund. Recognizing that finding our screen time and social media balance has become even more difficult, we encourage everyone to read Ana’s books, highlighted below. Perhaps we’ll all have more to add to our book talks in the fall! 

Today’s students face a challenging paradox: the digital tools they need to complete their work are often the source of their biggest distractions. Students can quickly become overwhelmed trying to manage the daily confluence of online interactions with schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and family life.

As part of a yearlong focus on social media wellness, the Safe Community Coalition is pleased to present an evening with nationally-recognized speaker Ana Homayoun, author of Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World. The book decodes the language of social media for parents and educators and provide pragmatic solutions to help students:

  • Manage distractions 
  • Focus and prioritize 
  • Improve time-management
  • Become more organized and boost productivity
  • Decrease stress and build empathy

A limited number of Ana’s books, including her That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life and The Myth of the Perfect Girl: Helping Our Daughters Find Authentic Success and Happiness in School and Life will be for sale. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Ana is the founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting, a Silicon Valley-based educational consulting firm, and has spent the past seventeen years working with students, parents, and educators around the world. For more information, please visit:  www.anahomayoun.com and www.greenivyed.com.

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

More than 2 billion people have smartphones today. And we check our phones on average an incredible 150 times every day. Technology makes our lives easier in so many ways ― but what is the cost of our dependence, and our children’s reliance, on screens?

As part of a yearlong focus on social media wellness, the Safe Community Coalition, in conjunction with the PTSAs of Langley High School and McLean High School, hosted two screenings of the compelling new IndieFlix Original documentary “LIKE” at Langley and McLean High Schools. Nearly 400 students and parents attended! Check out these tips we learned! Langley High also showed the film to freshman and sophomores and McLean showed it to freshmen. Ask them about it!

“LIKE” reveals the true effects of technology on the brain and uncovers the impact social media can have on our lives. The film’s mission is to educate, inform and inspire people to effectively self-regulate their screen time. The film features interviews with experts including Max Stossel, Head of Education & Content at Center for Humane Technology; Leah Pearlman,Co-Creator of the Facebook “Like” button; Dr. Jerry BubrickSenior Psychologist at Child Mind Institute; Professor Jevin West, DataLab, iSchool, University of Washington; John Borthwick, CEO of Betaworks; and Professor Katie Davis, author of The App Generation.

After the film, Dr. Clifford Sussman, a DC-based psychiatrist and expert on helping people achieve a more balanced relationship with digital technology, led a Q&A.

If your child is active on any kind of social media, you need these resources. Find out more about the film at www.thelikemovie.com, including options for additional screenings.


See what’s new with the SCC

Creative Learning Ideas for Younger Kids to do at Home: https://sunshine-parenting.com/creative-learning-ideas-for-younger-kids-to-do-at-home/

In response to #COVID19, we have partnered with the best in edu, tech+media to launch @WideOpenSchool. We've curated a free collection of online learning experiences&activities for kids w/daily ... schedules to help families&educators adapt to online learning.https://WideOpenSchool.org

In a time of stay at home orders, video chat is a lifesaver -- it's the closest we can get to in-person social interaction. But that doesn't mean kids spending all day & all night on devices is ... suddenly a good idea. My latest at @FamStudies:

We are proud to announce the launch of http://WideOpenSchool.org, a new site to help families & educators adapt to online learning due to COVID19. A free collection of the best online learning ... experiences & activities for Ss curated by @CommonSense & organized by grade & subject.

Whether you're trying to keep your preschooler busy while you take a work call, give your tween someone else to discuss Minecraft with, or host a neighborly game night, these ideas --crowdsourced from... just about every parent we know --will come in handy. https://bit.ly/3aBHxTq

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