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LIKE Documentary Film Screening

LIKE is an Indie Flix original documentary that explores the impact of technology and social media on our lives. From LIKE, our audience learned:

  • Social media is a place where we can connect, a place to share with others, and a place to express our feelings.
  • Social media can also be a place of self-comparison, constant FOMO, a way to channel addictive tendencies, and overall can be quite harmful for our mental health.
  • Social media affects our daily social online and offline interactions, self-esteem and brain function. We need to be aware of the pull it is having on us and our children.
  • We have a choice when it comes to managing the way we use technology and social media.

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Julie Lythcott-Haims: How to Raise an Adult

Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times best-selling author, shared key findings from her book How to Raise an Adult, which draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own observations as a mother and as a student dean at Stanford. From Mrs. Lythcott-Haims, our audience learned:

  • In wanting the best for their children, parents often try to prevent them from struggle and strife.
  • Alternatively, by managing all aspects of their lives and padding them in bubble-wrap, we prevent them from learning how to face adversity and become resilient, independent beings who can do for themselves.  
  • Four recommended steps for teaching a child any skill: 1. Do it for them; 2. Do it with them; 3. Watch them do it and coach them; and 4. Let them do it independently – even if they fail.
  • The two things that matter the most when it comes to parenting are chores and love.

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Frank Bruni: Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be

Frank Bruni, New York Times best-selling author and columnist, shared key findings from his research for writing Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be. From Mr. Bruni, our audience learned:

  • Acceptance rates at dozens of the most desirable American colleges are at record lows, several below 10%.
  • Colleges relish in the significant increase in competition and record low acceptance rates. The more applicants they reject, the harder they appear to reach and therefore become more desirable.
  • This highly competitive admissions mania is creating unnecessary amounts of stress and anxiety for our youth.
  • Instead of focusing energy on getting into highly selective schools, parents, teachers, guidance counselors, etc., need to help kids focus on what is really the right school for them, what school makes the most sense and what are ways to use their college years the most to their benefit.

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