Behind Their Screens: What Teens are Facing and What Adults are Missing: (A FAN Virtual Program with Carrie James, Ph.D. and Emily Weinstein, Ed.D)

Congratulations to Family Action Network (FAN) on their 40th anniversary season!

We are pleased to collaborate with FAN as they welcome Carrie James, Ph.D. and Emily Weinstein, Ed.D., co-authors of the new book, Behind Their Screens: What Teens are Facing (and What Adults are Missing). Drs. James and Weinstein will be interviewed by Merve Lapus. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Behind Their Screens from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Drs. James and Weinstein and Mr. Lapus that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: In Behind Their Screens: What Teens are Facing (and Adults are Missing), Emily Weinstein, Ed.D. and Carrie James, Ph.D., researchers at Project Zero at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education who are experts on teens and technology, explore the complexities that teens face in their digital lives, and suggest that many adult efforts to help—“Get off your phone!” “Just don't sext!”—fall short.

Drs. Weinstein and James, whose work has been covered in Time, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic, warn against a single-minded focus by adults on screen time. Teens worry about dependence on their devices, but disconnecting means being out of the loop socially, with absence perceived as rudeness or even a failure to be there for a struggling friend.

Drawing on a multiyear project that surveyed more than 3,500 teens, the authors explain that young people need empathy, not exasperated eye-rolling. Adults should understand the complicated nature of teens' online life rather than issue commands, and they should normalize—let teens know that their challenges are shared by others—without minimizing or dismissing.

About the Authors: Carrie James, Ph.D. is a sociologist and longtime researcher of young people’s experiences. Emphasizing qualitative methods, her work explores opportunities and dilemmas of digital life for adolescents’ well-being, social lives, and civic participation. Dr. James is a principal investigator and senior research associate at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She also oversees research on civics at The Democratic Knowledge Project at Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. She has long collaborated with Common Sense Media to bring research-based insights into their digital citizenship curriculum. Dr. James is the author of Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap, and appeared for FAN on that topic in 2015.

Emily Weinstein, Ed.D. is a social scientist who has spent over a decade researching the ways today’s technologies are shaping and reshaping adolescents’ lives. Her work chases answers to questions like: What is like for teens to grow up with social media? How does radical connectivity matter for social, emotional, and civic development? Dr. Weinstein is currently a principal investigator and research director at Project Zero at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she and Carrie James, Ph.D. (FAN '15) lead a suite of projects about digital dilemmas and digital well-being. Dr. Weinstein and Dr. James co-authored the 2022 book Behind Their Screens: What Teens are Facing (and What Adults are Missing). She is also a longtime collaborator of Common Sense Media, translating research insights for their award-winning Digital Citizenship curriculum. Insights from her research and perspectives have appeared in places like Tech Crunch, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, and Time Magazine.

About the Interviewer: Merve Lapus is vice president of education outreach and engagement at Common Sense Media. He is responsible for the outreach and engagement strategy for Common Sense Education and oversees a team impacting school communities using technology to help students thrive in a digital world. Collaborating with school networks, state-level organizations, community leaders, and national partners, Mr. Lapus is committed to fostering a whole-community approach to digital well-being and establishing supportive learning spaces for all children and families to thrive in a world with media and technology. Mr. Lapus has over 20 years of experience driving education technology initiatives across school programs, and building educator confidence through professional learning, and strategic implementation.

Event date: 

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
Behind Their Screens: What Teens Are Facing (and Adults Are Missing) By Emily Weinstein, Carrie James Cover Image
ISBN: 9780262047357
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: The MIT Press - August 16th, 2022

How teens navigate a networked world and how adults can support them.