Learn About Middle School From Experts on Sex, Tech and Academics

Once parents have passed through the diapers and sleep deprivation of their child’s infancy and those “terrible twos,” the middle-school years are the next mountain to climb.

Children at this age are entering puberty, grappling with its changes to their bodies and brains – and sharing their conflicted and confusing feelings in our continuously connected digital world. At the same time, things at school reach a whole new level of serious.

To help parents facing this perfect storm, L.A. Parent is hosting a new edition of its “Connections: Conversations With Parenting Experts” series where I’ll be moderating a discussion about “Sex, Tech and Academics” with three great panelists.

Our discussion will take place from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Beverly Hills Library, 444 N. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills. Admission is free, and the evening will end with a chance for parents to ask questions of our experts.

Seating for this free event is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To hold your spot, register below.

Tracy Wallace, MPH, is the founder of “Can We Talk Health Education” and a champion for positive body image and sexual and reproductive health. She has worked with community health centers, school districts, hospitals, parent groups and students to educate and empower pre-teens, teens and the adults in their lives.

Yalda T. Uhls, Ph.D., is an award-winning child psychologist and expert in how media affects children. Her book, “Media Moms and Digital Dads,” breaks down technology issues to make them actionable for parents and explains how media impacts the social behavior of preadolescents. She also works with Common Sense Media, the national non-profit, on research and entertainment outreach.

Sheri Atwater, Ph.D., is a professor and director of the school counseling program in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University. She is also the creator and project director of the SUCCESS Coaching program, a collaboration with area school districts and private schools that provides academic-skills coaching and social-skills development to middle-school students.

We hope to see you Nov. 2.

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