BSCO has added a series of parent education events starting this fall. The first is Youth and Social Media and is scheduled for Wednesday, October 15 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Bonny Slope Library. This is a parents only event so please make arrangement for your kids if you plan on attending.
The topic is presented by Shawn Marshall MA, LPC, who is a licensed professional counselor that has over twenty years of experience working with children and families. He has worked in residential programs, community mental health, consulted with school districts and is currently at the Children’s Program in Portland. He specializes in working with teens and has expertise in depression, anxiety, attention deficit, academic challenges, and oppositional behaviors. He has presented on a wide range of topics centered on youth, teens and parenting.
His presentation on Youth and Social Media developed from the challenges that many of his clients and their families have experienced while navigating the intricacies of social media. His presentation focuses on educating parents on a variety of social media sites and explores the potential negative impacts on their children. He offers numerous recommendations to support parents, who like their children, are dealing with the ever-changing social media. He provides up-to-date information and statistics on the impact that social media has on the developing brain including sleep, academics, and physical health.