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Long Trail is showing the documentary, “Screenagers” on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 pm we invite the community to join us to watch the movie and then participate in our panel discussion about technology, social media and our kids.

The movie will run 47 minutes and then we will have an hour to talk with our local expert panel:

Amy Newbold is currently a science teacher in the Long Trail Middle School program.  She is in her 20th year of teaching science in independent schools. In that time working at boarding and day schools she has closely watched the technology policies evolve in the classroom. She has seen a wide range of options from no technology use in the school to one to one laptop programs. She has observed that as hand held devices have become more pervasive there have been costs and benefits to student learning. She is also raising three young digital natives (twin daughters who are 8 and a son who is 5) and working hard to find the right balance for her family when it comes to technology and screen time.

Katie Redding has been teaching IB History at LTS for seven years and has served as the Admissions Director for five.  She has witnessed the impact of technology evolve in her 11th and 12th grade classroom, and in her role as administrator has counseled many new families on the issue of cell phone usage at school.  Katie is also navigating screen time policy at home for her own children who are eight and eleven years old.

Ben Barton is currently a Det. Trooper and works in the Special Investigations Unit in Bennington at the Child Advocacy Center.  He investigates child sex crimes as well as sexual crimes. Cell phones have become an important item in everyone’s lives these days.  Almost every case that Det. Trooper Pfindel works on involves some sort of texting and social media.

Loree Zeif  has been working in the field of counseling and therapy for 30 years. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Loree has worked in the public and private school world in both residential and day settings.  She has extensive experience with couples work and high conflict divorce as well as child custody cases and delicate family issues..  In addition Loree enjoys working with adolescents and young adults and their parents helping to navigate the challenges of today’s world including alcohol, drugs, screen time, motivation and transition to independence.   Loree is trained in DBT and uses both DBT and CBT in her work.  Loree is dedicated to client- centered work and values a solutions-focused approach with her clients.  She currently does individual work as well as couples, families and groups at Elm Counseling in Manchester.

Lesley Brodie is a board certified Child & Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. She received both an MSW and an MD at UVM, and did a combined residency in Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in Salt Lake City, Utah.   She works with children and their families, and serves as a consultant for primary care physicians at the Community Health Center in Rutland.  She treats college students at Bennington College. She works with young adults (18-30) at a residential treatment program in Danby, and has a micro-private practice for children and teens in Manchester.

She is a witness firsthand to how the astronomical increase in access to screens is impacting social, emotional, psychological, and physiological functioning for all of us. On a daily basis, she works with kids and families to develop a healthy approach, in terms of both time and content, for electronic devices and online activities.



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