Communication has undergone dramatic changes in a very short period of time! As a result, teens are engrossed in all types of social net-working—80% access social media daily! And as we are all aware, it has created a host of problems, in social, behavioral and other areas. Counselors are now using words like “nomophobia” and “addiction” to describe the current usage. Add to this the growing anxiety over self-identity! As all of this is taking a toll on academics and productivity, the director for the Center for Teaching reduces the situation to three words: “Teens can’t think!’”
Combining multi-media with a touch of magic, this presentation engages students in a thought-provoking manner. Teens need the opportunity to thoughtfully reflect on their current behaviors, and consider the potential consequences of their choices. As a former Prevention Specialist in addictions, Mr. Jim takes the students beyond the monitors that now grip their attention, demonstrating how deception and fear are often the driving-force behind many social-network relationships.
The school-day format is designed for an all-student assembly, followed by interactive grade-level groups.
“Mr. Jim’s presentations are always creative, informative and entertaining–an excellent investment. His newest program addresses the growing problem with social media within our schools. The overall content is the best I’ve seen.”
Marc Kramer, Principal – Mendon Midd/High School
“The negative impact of social media on our students is one of the most important issues facing our schools today. Jim Merrills has developed a K-12 multi-media presentation to inform and engage our students. His other presentations have been a regular and welcomed addition to our school district. I encourage school administrators to consider his newest, and most needed, offering.”
Jim Bermingham, former Superintendent – Berrien Springs School District
“We cannot afford to wait until after high school to address the growing issues related to social media. As a family counselor, I believe that Mr. Jim’s newest presentation should be reaching our youth by middle school, even elementary.”
Lt. Col. David DePinho, Chaplain, USAF