Live in Real Life: Riverton Community to Come Together to Combat the Negative Effects of Excessive Screen Time Among Youth

live-in-real-life-photo-webRIVERTON, UT – The Riverton community will come together on Monday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. at Riverton High School for a special educational event for parents and other adults to become informed about excessive social media use and its effect on children’s happiness, safety and personal well-being. The workshop, titled “Live in Real Life: There is Life Offline,” will feature keynote speakers Collin Kartchner, a TED speaker and social activist, as well as Katey McPherson, children’s advocate and TED speaker. Tips and strategies will be shared to help adults combat the negative effects that excessive screen time has on youth.

Informational booths will be provided for attendees to visit both before and after the event featuring many community organizations and resources that offer services related to children’s health and well-being, including counseling, health insurance, medical resources, suicide prevention, and more.

“The safety and well-being of all our residents, especially our youth, are a top priority.” said Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs. “Experts note that excessive social media use and other screen time are large contributors to the current mental health trends in children, so this community event is most fitting. We hope to see everyone who has kids and anyone who works with kids at this event.”

The event is meant for adults only, as the discussion will be open and honest and may not be fitting for children. Adults with children or those who work with children are encouraged to attend. Doors open for the event at Riverton High School, located at 12476 Silverwolf Way, at 5:30 p.m.

The event is co-sponsored by Riverton City, Jordan School District, and Heather Jeppsen.

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