April 8th: Kids & Phones Talk

Join us for a Zoom discussion for ACSD parents/guardians of elementary schoolers at 6pm on Thursday, 4/8 using this link. There will be a brief presentation by PSTT parent-cofounders Julie Barry, Samantha Farrell-Schmitt, and Amy Mason, followed by a time for conversation and questions. Though the formal program is scheduled to last an hour, we’ll pause at 7pm and hosts will stay until 7:30 to continue the discussion for anyone who’d like to stick around.  

In preparation and so we can make the event as helpful as possible, please email your top 2-3 questions or concerns to us at info@psttvt.org.

Thank you to Cornwall Elementary School for hosting this online event.

January 23rd: Save the Date!

Join us in the library at Mary Hogan Elementary School for a conversation about kids and screens. As a group we’ll hear about a framework for thoughtful parenting around tech.  We’ll then do some of the most helpful work in parenting: hearing from other parents.  Talking together, we’ll share ideas about family tech challenges as well as successes. (Yes, there are successes!). We hope to see you there!

IMPORTANT NOTE: please email us at info@psttvt.org to arrange childcare.

Kids & Screens for web


What’s PSTT Been Up To?

It’s been a productive fall for PSTT! In September, we did a presentation at the MUHS 9th Grade Orientation called “Teens & Their Screens” about how parents, at home and in partnership with school, can support students in having healthy balance with their devices.

In October, we facilitated a discussion with parents and educators at Mary Johnson Children’s Center. Hot topics included how to manage our own device use in front of our kids (easy for exactly none of us), limit-setting techniques for preschoolers and older kids, and tips and tricks for a less tempting tech-life (e.g. “dumbphones,” slower-paced/ad-free shows and games, and screen-free zones in our homes).

We also drafted a guest post for the MUHS newsletter about hacks some teens are using to minimize distraction from their phones, and we’re working on mindful tech curriculum units for some upcoming Advisory sessions there.

What’s next? The big news is that we’re working on bringing the much-anticipated new Screenagers film–and maybe a reprise of the original one–to Middlebury! Stay tuned for dates, times, and locations (suggestions welcome on the wheres and whens).

What else should we be working on? Keep in touch so we know what’s important to you and your family!flipchart


September 19, 2019: MUHS 9th Grade Open House

At 5:15 parents of MUHS 9th graders are invited to attend an open house and cookout including a presentation and conversation by PSTT. We’ll be sharing a framework that can help parents shape what they want their family tech life to look like, at home and at school. We’ll include resources and strategies to support parents on this part of their parenting journey.  Let’s get this school year rolling!

April 10, 2019: Resilience Workshops for 6th-12th Grade Parents

MUHS Parent NightMark your calendars! PSTT (Parents Supporting Thoughtful Technology) will offer a workshop called Tweens, Teens & Screens during this multi-topic event. Parents/guardians of kids grades 6-12 welcome. PSTT’s workshop will focus on how to navigate screens at home with tweens and teens. We hope to support parents in sharing what works for them and what are the challenges they face within their own families. We’ll share some of our learning around screens and their impact on our teens/tweens. Come ready to share in small groups and gain tools for thoughtful use of technology. Other workshops will be available at this event, too.

April 10, 2018: Thoughtful Technology Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 10 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Mary Hogan Elementary School Library

All community members, especially parents, are invited to join in this conversation with local education and mental health professionals. You can expect to gain a clearer sense of the challenges kids are having at schools and homes surrounding technology, and to participate in a discussion of how to support our students. Childcare provided.


Kristin Holsman-Francoeur, Principal of Middlebury Union Middle School
Tom Buzzell, Principal of Mary Hogan Elementary School
Dr. Laura Basili, clinical psychologist specializing in therapeutic work with children, teens, and families

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