Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change returns with three new conversations featuring inspiring leaders working on the frontlines of current and emerging issues for children and families. The conversations are for everyone who cares for and about babies and children, and the families, professionals, and communities that protect, nurture, and enjoy them.
All Learning to Listen conversations are one-hour long and feature live Spanish translation, closed-captioning, and an interactive Q and A. Certificates of attendance are available.
Episode 2: Raising Healthy Kids in a Digitized, Commercialized World
with Susan Linn, EdD, Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Research Associate at Boston Children’s Hospital. Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT
Susan Linn, Ed.D, a psychologist, an author, and an award-winning ventriloquist, is a world-renowned expert on creative play, and the impact of tech and commercial marketing on children.
Dr. Linn’s books have been praised in publications as diverse as The Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, and The New York Times, which called her most recent book Who’s Raising the Kids? Big Tech, Big Business and the Lives of Children, “Engrossing and Insightful.”
A passionate advocate for children, Dr. Linn was the Founding Director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (now called Fairplay) from 2000-2015. She has lectured on the importance of creative play, the impact of tech, media, and marketing on children, and on puppetry as a therapeutic tool, throughout North America, and in South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.
Dr. Linn is internationally known for her use of puppets as therapeutic tools for children. She pioneered this work at Children’s Hospital Boston and the Children’s AIDS Program, where she used puppets to help children cope with illness, hospitalization, death, loss, and other life challenges. Dr. Linn and her puppets appeared in several episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. She has written and appeared in a number of video programs designed to help children cope with issues ranging from mental illness to death and loss and, most recently, stresses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This Secret Should Be Told, a syndicated TV program for children about sexual abuse won a coveted Action for Children’s Television Award and earned Dr. Linn a New England Emmy.