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Harvard University researchers Emily Weinstein and Carrie James have spent their careers studying teens’ use of technology. In their book, Behind Their Screens: What Teens are Facing (and Adults are Missing), they explore the complex digital universe that teens inhabit and the often misguided efforts of adults to intervene. Drawing on a multiyear project surveying more than 3,500 teens, they explain sexting, ‘comparison quicksand,’ ‘digital pacifying,’ and other social media phenomena that prompt concern if not outright panic on the part of well-intentioned grownups. Matt Schneider, Co-Founder of City Dads Group, leads a conversation about this fundamental generation gap, unfounded assumptions about the evils and benefits of social media, and a ‘reset’ for adults.


Emily Weinstein is a Research Director at Project Zero at Harvard and a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Education. Carrie James is a sociologist and Principle Investigator at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is the author of Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and The Ethics Gap. The authors' work has been covered in Time, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic

Matt Schneider lives with his wife and two teenage sons in New York City. Matt is the Co-Founder of City Dads Group and host of the Modern Dads Podcast. He works with companies, brands, and writers to break down the barriers standing in the way of men being the best dads they can be. Matt also serves as a Mission Partner at the Center for Parent & Teen Communication.

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