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Tech Seminars for Parents Feb. 28/Mar. 5
Tech Seminars for Parents Feb. 28/Mar. 5
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LOCAL EXPERTS TO PRESENT TECHNOLOGY ADVICE FOR PARENTS OF TEENS

Brentwood Academy will host two free parent seminars for the public to help educate parents on trends in technology and how to set healthy boundaries with video gaming.

On Thursday, February 28, Dr. James Goodlad, of Southeast Psych Nashville, will present "Making Healthy Choices with Video Games" from 8:00-9:00 AM in the school's library. Dr. Goodlad will help parents set healthy limits for their children. "Video games are playing an increasing role in kids' and teens' lives as they become more accessible and omnipresent. Many parents feel ill-equipped to help their children make heathy choices about games and gaming habits," explained Dr. Goodlad. His presentation will educate parents on the recent research about video games, discuss the role video games (and related media) play for children and teens, and provide information to help parents select the games that are appropriate for their kids and teens. The talk will also offer practical strategies to help parents more effectively make changes to their child's gaming habits.

On Tuesday, March 5, Dr. Warren Bezuidenhout, will present "Technology and Your Teen" from 6:00-7:00 PM in the middle school 7th grade den. Dr. Bezuidenhout will share practical tips to equip parents with the tools necessary to protect children from various online pitfalls and dangers. "I encourage parents to bring any questions they may have; specifically, I will cover topics such as online gaming, social media, Wi-Fi filters, and apps for phones and tablets," said Dr.Bezuidenhout.

For Tuesday's seminar, visitors should use the north entrance to campus for parking. For Thursday's seminar, visitors should use the south entrance and enter through the school's main entrance.

James Goodlad, Phd specializes in testing for children ranging from 3 to 18 years, including the evaluation of cognitive and intellectual abilities (IQ), academic achievement testing and learning differences, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and disruptive behavior disorders. James is also trained to provide empirically-supported evaluations for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using "gold standard" measures. In addition to assessment James also enjoys helping children build skills and self-efficacy in behavior management, social skills, and social problem-solving.

Experience:

  • B.S. in Psychology and History from Belmont University, 2008
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi, 2014
  • Predoctoral internship at the University of Alabama-Birmingham's UAB-BVAMC program
  • Postdoctoral fellowship at UAB's Civitan-Sparks Clinics, a Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders (LEND) training program


Warren Bezuidenhout, Phd
is the 8th grade chair at Brentwood Academy and director of instructional technology. He also teaches history and helps coach soccer. "Dr. B," as he is known around campus, has led technology seminars for parents over the past 18 years of his tenure at Brentwood Academy. As technology has evolved, Dr. B has kept up with current trends and assisted parents in learning how to navigate the murky waters of smart phones, social media, and the Internet.

Experience:

  • M.S. Campbellsville University
  • M.Ed. Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Ed.D. Trevecca Nazarene University