Media, Messaging & Youth with Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW

Media, Messaging & Youth with Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW

Following Up:

On this page, you will find many helpful articles and websites that pertain to the March 21, 2017 presentation, “Media, Messaging & Youth” with Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW.

We hope this will be helpful to you, whether you attended the event or did not. If you would like us to include other websites that are not shown here, please send an email to

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Special thanks to Michael Blanche for sharing his Powerpoint presentation with us. While we don’t have the benefit of
recreating the live presentation and powerful commentary that Mike shared, there is a tremendous amount of information available in this PDF version.

>> Click here for the Presentation:  Media, Messaging & Youth.


 Helpful Information

Parents’ Guide to Protecting Kids Online
20 Ways to Protect Kids Online

APA’s Survey Finds Constantly Checking Electronic Devices Linked to Significant Stress for Most Americans
American Psychological Association

The Teenage Brain on Social Media
The findings in a new UCLA study shed light on the influence of peers and much more.

The Power of the LIKE in Adolescence
Effects of peer influence on neural and behavioral responses to social media.

When Video Games Become an Addiction
By Samantha Bresnahan and Will Worley, CNN

Screenagers:  Growing Up in the Digital Age
The award-winning film, Screenagers, probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.

Common Sense Media
We rate, educate, and advocate for kids, families, and schools.

Children Using ‘Secret’ Mobile Apps to Keep Things Hidden From Parents
By ABC News; September 4, 2015

Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing?
By Maria Konnikova, The New Yorker; November 26, 2014

The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families
American Academy of Pediatrics

Here’s Why Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use iPads and Why You Shouldn’t Eithersteve-jobs-family
The Unbound Spirit

In Our Digital World, Are Young People Losing the Ability to Read Emotions?

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12
Huffington Post

How to Make a Family Media Use Plan

10 Steps to Screen-Proof Our Homes
Screen Free Week

Common Sense Media
We rate, educate and advocate for kids, families and schools.

Video Game Industry Statistics
An infographic illustrating some facts about video games.


Monitoring sites

Stay Safe Online
Learn how to protect your family’s privacy online and discuss sensitive topics like sexting and GPS tracking with your children.

On Guard Online
Avoid scams • Secure your computer • Protect kids online

Disconnect Kids
An app that stops data about your browsing and app activity from leaving electronic devices.



TEDx:  Social Media . . . You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. It’s hard to believe social media having any larger impact on society than it already has, yet that’s exactly what Jerry thinks. In his talk, he explores the evolution of social media and gives us glimpses of things to come.

Disconnecting from Technology
Sometimes, you need to go off the grid. If you’re more concerned with checking Facebook than interacting with the people in front of you or getting to the next level of Temple Run instead of crossing the street safely… it might be time to take a slight step back from technology and get off the grid for a minute.

Look Up
A spoken word film. 47,000,000+ views

One Teenager’s Positive Response to Being Cyber Bullied
When Canadian teenager Caitlin Prater-Haacke was the victim of bullying, she didn’t get mad. She didn’t want to get even. Instead, she turned it into something positive.

“Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?”
A spoken word performance by Prince Ea

How Much Screen Time for Kids is Too Much?

Disconnect to Connect:  A Silent Message for All of Us
A DTAC commercial from Thailand.


Mike’s Links:


Kim Porter, CFRS

Executive Director at Be a Part of the Conversation
Kim Porter, CFRS is the Executive Director of Be a Part of the Conversation. Having served as the Community Program Coordinator and Parent Liaison for Be a Part of the Conversation since its inception in 2011, she was named Executive Director of this vital organization in 2014.

Kim's Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential was created for adults who have been directly impacted by another person's substance use disorder. The CFRS shares their lived experience with other families to provide recovery support services. A CFRS is trained to help families move into and through the recovery process.

With more than 25 years of experience in graphics and marketing, Kim had a freelance graphic design business and was the Marketing Coordinator of the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation after several years as a member of their Board of Directors. Today she is happy to put all that creative energy into spreading the word about Be a Part of the Conversation.

Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism at West Virginia University, with a concentration in public relations. She was proud to serve as WVU's student body president. Kim started out as an advertising account executive at a newspaper, then learned the graphic design trade while working with her mentor and friend, Chuck Moran, at his design firm in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Kim currently lives in Newtown Square, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She previously lived in Horsham Township for 22 years, where she and Michael raised two wonderful children who support this amazing journey she has embarked upon.
Kim Porter, CFRS
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