SPEAKER FOR SCHOOLS
Tanya is a speaker for schools on all aspects of developing a healthy, happy, above all safe, relationship with technology and all aspects of the digital world.
“Today’s children have grown up with screens at every stage of their lives. Meanwhile, their parents have been learning about screens at exactly the same time. Both generations are going through a kind of ‘tech adolescence’ together, trying to learn what healthy digital use looks like. I’m here to try and help.”
Tanya has been a speaker for schools for over ten years – speaking as part of the Online Safety, Media and Digital Literacy and Healthy Lifestyles elements of the PSHE curriculum. As a speaker for schools she has spoken to staff and to junior and senior school pupils and their parents (both separately from their children and together). Tanya has spoken to children from ages 8 to 18 about their screen use in PSHE workshops where she covers not only fundamentals such as internet safety and cyberbullying but also comparison culture, mental health, good digital citizenship, gaming addiction, and resisting the attention economy, She very much enjoys being a speaker for schools at both ends of the student age spectrum.
Talks are always tailored to the year group and the particular needs of the school, some given recently include:
- ‘Managing your Digital Footprint’ (pupils)
- ‘Teens and Screens’ (parents)
- ‘Screens and Mental Health’ (parents)
- ‘Digital Detox for You and Your Children’ (parents)
- ‘Time to Log Off?’ – Internet addiction and you’ (pupils)
- ‘Living with Robots’ – the challenges of AI (artifical intelligence) (pupils)
- ‘Digital Citizenship’ (pupils)
As a speaker for schools for over ten years Tanya is continually adapting the content of her talks to take account of the latest evidence on what constitutes healthy screen use, as well as reflecting particular concerns of parents and teachers at the time she is delivering her talk. As the author of three books on our relationship with the digital world, and a podcast host, she has access to experts and academics who are at the leading edge of research in this area and who inform her speaking material in all age groups.
“Tanya gave a talk to our Year 6, 7 and 8s on navigating the digital world. The messages given to the pupils were clear, sensible and reinforced everything that we have been teaching them through form time and PSHCE lessons.
Her presentation to the parents in the evening on ‘Teens and Screens’ was spot on! It was lively, entertaining and full of practical advice which the parents found very informative. In this fast-moving digital world parents were delighted to hear from an expert some helpful tips to ensure that their children use technology in a healthy and sensible manner. Thank you, Tanya!”
Deputy Head (Pastoral), Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls