Outreach Program

Student-Parent Outreach Program

Gaia Bernstein has spearheaded the development of the Seton Hall Institute for Privacy Protection Student-Parent Outreach Program, which operates in schools in New Jersey and New York.

The Outreach Program is unique in that it includes both a curriculum for elementary and middle school students and lectures for parents. It highlights the importance of developing a healthy online-offline balance and connects between excessive use of smartphones, screens and digital communication and privacy and reputational harms. The program has received national acclaim and was featured on the Washington Post, CBS Morning News, and Common Sense Media.

Gaia delivers lectures to parents titled: “Our Kids, Our Screens and What Can We do?” as part of the Outreach Program. For more information, please visit the Institute for Privacy Protection website.

Institute for Privacy Protection


Parents’ and General Audience Lectures

Has technology changed your relationships with family, friends, partners and colleagues? Are you worried that your child is attached to his screens and is increasingly missing from your family life? Have you tried to limit your own or your kid’s screen time but failed?

Gaia Bernstein also delivers lectures to audiences outside the School Outreach program. Drawing on her forthcoming book: The Over-Users: Gaia addresses the following topics:

  • What is the detrimental impact of excessive smartphone and screen use on work, romantic, family and peer relationships?
  • To what extent are we able to control our screen time and how effective are different self-help methods?
  • How do technology companies design our devices, social networks and games to increase our time online?
  • What can re-designed phones, games and social networks look like?
  • What alternatives are there for group and legal action to pressure the technology industry to re-design its products?

To inquire about arranging a parents’ or general audience lecture please contact Gaia at gaia.bernstein@shu.edu.

Parents’ and General Audience Lectures

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