Katey McPherson brings experience in school leadership, prevention, and organizational change with 25 years as a secondary school teacher, guidance counselor, and PK-12 school administrator.
Katey currently serves as a Regional Sales Manager and Director of Professional Development for Bark For Schools and is a national public speaker on youth mental health and suicide prevention.
Katey also serves as the Town of Gilbert, Arizona, ONE GILBERT youth mental health task force lead chair. She is certified in ASSIST, QPR, and Mental Health First Aid.
Childhood 2.0: Using 5 Protective Factors To Reach, Teach, and Support Middle Level StudentsAs the world evolves with the use of technology, so does the landscape of childhood. Subject matter experts and researchers are quick to point out that we don’t have enough data to say what causes what when it comes to children and the impact of screen time, but we do know that technology and the advent of the smartphone and other mobile devices has definitively changed the way children are accessing information and interacting with each other and people they meet on the Internet. This film and course is designed for school governing board members, school personnel, law enforcement, and community members who are interested in taking a deep dive into how vast the digital divide between trusted adults and children is, and how we can all step into it in order to mitigate painful and stressful experiences for our students and children.
This course will take a keen look at the following:
- How protective factors must be in place to mitigate stress and distress online and in person
- How students interact online and why they behave in ways that are inappropriate or atypical
- How the developing brain uses social media and video games to socialize and stay relevant
- Why the developing brain cannot handle the medium we have given them
- How attachment theory must be understood before disciplining a child for misuse
- Policies and procedures that must be in place before giving students access to school issued devices
- Why using the internet is sometimes an adverse childhood experience that dramatically affects a child’s psyche
- How administrators, policy makers, law enforcement and parents can work in tandem to cultivate digital wellness and restorative justice practices that align with the developing brain