Time:  Sep 08, 2021
Location:  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location:  Virtual

Grit, resilience, perseverance, and emotional intelligence are all crucial character traits for moral development and success. When so much of young people’s lives happens on screens, and gratification is just a click away, how is this affecting youth’s development of character? On Wednesday, September 8th, 2021, Children and Screens hosted “Establishing Character in a Digital World: Building Grit, Resilience, and Socioemotional Skills.” A panel of experts weighed in on how children and adolescents can utilize digital media as a tool for strong character and socioemotional skill development, as well as how parents can help moderate screen use to ensure children and teens have enough offline experiences for positive character development.


  • Michael Ungar, PhD

    Author, Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success, Director, Resilience Research Centre, Dalhousie University
  • Deborah Gilboa, MD

    Resilience expert, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Author, Teach Resilience: Raising Kids Who Can Launch!
  • Lisa Fiore, PhD

    Director, Child Homelessness Initiative, Professor and Chair, Education Division, Lesley University
  • Christopher Willard, PsyD

    Psychologist and Educational Consultant, Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Andrea Hussong, PhD

    Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Family Journeys Co-Lab, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Melanie Sage, PhD

    Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Social Work
  • David Yeager, PhD

    Adolescent Development Research Group, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin

Video and Resources

Watch a recording of the webinar "Establishing Character in a Digital World: Building Grit, Resilience, and Socioemotional Skills," read the transcript, and view other related content in Learn and Explore.