Consultation & Collaboration
I'm here for the parents who worry they're ruining their kids by letting them play on their screens and for the kids with panicked parents!
I provide mission-driven business consultation and strategic partnership with clients who develop, implement, and utilize tech products for children, teens, and parents. Consistent with my mission to help families prevent and heal from digital injury while building stronger relationships, I advise customers how to interface with families in a mutually beneficial, positive way.
Corporate Consult in Technology, Information, and Health
Last year I served as Global Ambassador of Teensafe, the first and largest text monitoring service for parents. Teensafe brought me on their team due to our joint mission to support parents to enlist this powerful tech tool in a collaborative, effective, and transparent manner. We agreed that families are best served by offering a strategy the builds parent-child connection rather than risks conflict. Parents breach trust when they sneak monitoring. A proactive, honest discussion is a teaching opportunity that sets up digital independence as a gradual process that is earned over time. In this capacity, I developed protocols for Teensafe and trained call center agents to help distressed teen and parent callers, real-time, with best practice and customer service.
Facebook recently invited me to collaborate with their youth product team and experts to optimize Messenger Kids for fun engagement and learning. As the public becomes more informed about the risks and benefits of technology, I believe we are entering into a new era of transparency and accountability, where corporations must work cooperatively with experts and advocates for children and, ultimately, their customers. I'm excited to be a part of that.
I served as Technical Advisor and Clinical On-Set Support for The Learning Channel's, I Catfished my Kid. Television is an important platform for education and entertainment. It's critical that media also strives for transparency and accountability to their guests and customers. This program was designed to blow the whistle on the wild west atmosphere of the Internet. However, with vulnerable teens and their families as guests, it was important that their freedom of choice and well being be taken into consideration throughout production. I saw my role in this project to be in support of that mission.
Education, Law Enforcement, & Government
As Global Ambassador of Teensafe, I recently had the opportunity to conference with Reagan Thompson, Special Assistant to the President and Director of Policy for the First Lady in support of Mrs. Melania Trump's Anti-Cyberbullying Campaign. With The White House taking notice of the prevention potential for digital injury, I am optimistic that the world has joined my mission.
Non-profit and public agencies have critical roles in optimizing benefit from screen technology while protecting risk to health, interpersonal exploitation, and exploitation for profit. As detailed in my book, Screen Time in the Mean Time: A Parent Guide to Get Kids and Teens Internet Safe, informed and thoughtful tech integration is critical for success. Regulation with an appreciation for privacy and human rights is sorely needed for the better protection of children and teens. We have a long way to go yet, and I'm passionate about creating solutions.
What Dr. Bennett's Student's Say
"Dr. Bennett is the most impactful and challenging professor that I have had the honor of working for. Her teaching style challenges critical thinking, problem solving and depth of knowledge in an impactful way that I have never before experienced. Her material is balanced well with book learning and real life anecdotes and contemplations. Her style of teaching forces engagement, but makes it feel like healthy debate. I learned most from the discussions and critical thinking questions in lecture."
"Dr. Bennett is completely fascinating. She’s kind of like superwoman: she teaches, works in private practice, has a family, runs a program about childhood addiction to technology... the list goes on and on. It’s incredible getting guidance and lessons from someone who has a different perspective on addiction. She opens your eyes to a new way of thinking about addiction and its’ correlations with mental health."
"The Professor really helped to create and maintain a positive and comfortable learning environment. The material was consistently presented in a manner which kept it fresh and interesting, and the Professor was always ready to answer any question or to engage in discussion."
"Dr. Bennett's teaching style kept me engaged throughout her class. She tells stories that relate to the material which helped me stay focused in a three hour lecture. She respects her students, and you can tell she cares deeply about her jobs. I have been having a hard time deciding on a career path and Dr. Bennett has helped me, just through her lectures and stories, to become a therapist. Overall a great teacher!"