Coronado SAFE, in conjunction with the Coronado Film Festival, will be sponsoring a free, community panel discussion with several local, multidisciplinary experts on the recent Netflix documentary, “The Social Dilemma.” Panelists will include: Jon Moffat, Digital Expert (with a focus on internet safety); Karin Mellina, Coronado Middle School principal and board member of Coronado SAFE; and Gia Del George, Director of Programs and Clinical Counseling for Coronado SAFE.
If you haven’t yet heard about or watched the documentary, the film is about the extent to which the technology that we routinely use, not only frees us to have more information and more connections, but also controls, polarizes, distracts and monetizes us. This documentary-drama hybrid reveals how social media is reprogramming civilization with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations. You can watch the film on Netflix prior to the panel discussion.
Coronado SAFE encourages the whole family – parents and kids (13+) alike to watch the documentary and panel together. You can submit your questions and thoughts for panelists ahead of time at firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line, “The Social Dilemma.”
Del George says that the panel will be valuable for families, in part, because, “While this documentary shines the light on some of the dangers of social media, it doesn’t give a lot of practical solutions for how people can manage them.” She adds, “I’ll be covering the mental health implications for our teens such as the rise in anxiety, depression, body dysphoria, etc., in large part, because of the rise in social media use. The implications of cyberbullying and sexting [are clear]: 72% of teens have reported experiencing cyberbullying and 12% have admitted to sending a sext without consent.”
Mellina says that through the panel, she hopes to influence both adults and young people: “To provide knowledge and perspective to the adults who support young people in making healthy choices while navigating the digital world, and … to provide young people with a deepened awareness of the importance in making those healthy and mindful choices.” She rightly points out that, “Although technology use has been rapidly increasing for years, in many instances its use has been a choice. The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly removed that choice for so many, especially our youngest population and students.” The timing for this discussion could not be better.
To participate, members of the public are invited to view the documentary any time prior to the panel on Netflix and then tune into the panel discussion on November 15 at 11:30 am. To register for The Social Dilemma Panel Discussion go to CorondoSAFE.org. You can also go to CoronadoSAFE.org to learn about counseling services, youth programs, and parenting workshops, and more!