Social media is now a big part of growing up. But how is technology affecting kids’ relationships and emotional and mental health? Studies suggest that social media can cause anxiety and is a platform for bullying. Are teens losing the ability interact face to face? How can parents raise technologically and emotionally savvy kids? Join us on April 25 at #DiscussCLT to hear from a panel of experts and learn more about this important topic. Scroll down to read about our panelists. (Facebook event here.)

WHEN: Wednesday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Catawba Brewing Co. 933 Louise Ave Ste. 105 (Look for parking on Otts Street.)     
COST: Free — but you must RSVP below



Melanie Hempe is the founder of Families Managing Media. She has coached hundreds of families on the effects of screen media use and has helped them achieve a healthier, more balanced media life. With a degree in nursing from Emory University, Melanie draws upon her medical background to demystify the questions of why technology has such a strong grip on our kids and why it is replacing normal childhood activities. She offers busy parents easy-to-follow scientific information and practical solutions for children of all ages.

Avery Primis is a senior at Myers Park High School. As a WeAreGenZ influencer, she's appeared at the Adobe Summit in Las Vegas and the WeAreGenZ annual conference in New York City. She's also been a member of Dream Team at Myers Park High and the leaders club at the Harris YMCA, a senior leader at Blue Ridge Leaders Academy, and a summer counselor at Camp Thunderbird. Primis has also served as a delegate for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools at Youth and Government NC in Raleigh. She’s a foodie, a coffee lover, a big sister, and an activist.




Amanda Zaidman is owner of Constructive Parenting, PLLC, a private practice that offers child therapy and parent coaching through in-office and virtual appointments.  Amanda is a licensed clinical social worker. She earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003 and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Duke University in 2001. Amanda is an active parenting blogger and her posts have been featured on both the Motherly and the Wait Until 8th website. She has extensive experience working with parents to help them understand what is behind their children’s behaviors, so that they can implement parenting strategies that work.  As a mother of two children who are being raised in the digital era, Amanda is well aware of the struggles that screen time and social media can cause. 



Michael Rinehart is a middle school teacher and the dean of students for seventh grade at Charlotte Country Day School. He is on the Digital Citizenship committee at Charlotte Country Day School and is responsible for implementation of the digital citizenship curriculum at the seventh grade level. He also manages seventh grade discipline, including infractions related to social media. He and his wife have two children, one in kindergarten and one in second grade. 





Michele Huggins is the editor of Charlotte Parent magazine. A Charlotte native, Michele graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism and mass communication. She worked at The Charlotte Observer before joining the team at Charlotte Parent in 2010. She has been featured on Charlotte Today, Fox News Rising and Morning Break. She loves sharing the wonders of the city and North Carolina with her husband and two sons, ages 8 and 2. She feels fortunate to have a job that requires her to source helpful information for Charlotte parents while living the role as a busy working mom.

ABOUT #discussCLT
At Charlotte magazine, we are committed to making this city better. Each year we feature a few Charlotteans who are doing just that in our December issue. We call them our Charlotteans of the Year. Throughout the year, we host a series of discussions on our city's defining issues with local leaders, thinkers, and YOU. We call it #discussCLT, an event series powered by OrthoCarolina. You can join the conversation by attending events, listening to the podcast, subscribing to the newsletter and reading articles.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our February event, Me Too, Charlotte.

Listen to the full audio from the panel in our podcast recap here.
Read a summary article of the event here.

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