Screen Education's President, Michael Mercier, served as an expert panelist during the Q&A session that followed Roncalli High School's screening of the documentary film Screenagers, which addresses the problem of smartphone addiction.
Roncalli High School screened the film at 7:30, and held a 45-minute Q&A session afterward in which a panel of experts fielded questions from Roncalli parents.
Roncalli High School is a private Catholic school located in Indianapolis, IN.
Nationally syndicated radio show host Bill Cunningham interviewed Michael Mercier, President of Screen Education, on August 16th, on his local weekday show.
Bill Cunningham's weekday show, titled The Big Show With Bill Cunningham, airs Monday-Friday, from 12:00-3:00 PM,on AM 700 WLW in Cincinnati.
The interview centered around the nature of smartphone addiction, Screen Education's research on smartphone addiction, and approaches to address the problem. A recording of the interview is available here.
Cunningham's national show --- Live On Sunday Night, It's Bill Cunningham --- airs from 9:00-12:00 PM each Sunday, is nationally syndicated on nearly 350 stations.
Michael Mercier of Screen Education and Brian Lamar of EMI Research Solutions met with Congressman Jim Jordan (OH-04) in his Lima, OH, office. During this meeting we shared the findings of our Teen Smartphone Addiction National Survey 2018, and discussed the CAMRA Act, a bill introduced by Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts that will allocate $95 Million for research on teen smartphone addiction.
On August 1 Brian Lamar, VP Insights at EMI Research Solutions, and Michael Mercier, President of Screen Education, had a very productive meeting with Senator Sherrod Brown's Cincinnati staff to discuss a variety of issues, including possible amendments to the CAMRA Act.
The CAMRA Act, which was introduced last week by Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, will allocate $95 Million over the next 5 years to conduct research on the impact of digital devices and media on child development. CAMRA enjoys both bicameral and bipartisan support.
This proposed legislation is a sign of the tidal wave of concern that has emerged in the last 7 months over smartphone use among children. This bold move by our legislature reflects the degree to which society is mobilizing to address this problem.