Raising Responsible Boys in the Digital Age

2nd Annual "What the Tech?" Conference Explores Online Experiences and the Impact on Youth Values and Development; Findings from National Survey Announced

Jan 30, 2013, 19:12 ET from Rape Treatment Center

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --


Nationally recognized experts will come together to discuss specific strategies parents and educators can use to help boys (and girls) derive the most benefit from their increasing participation in the digital world, including ways to foster empathy, learning, and wise choices. For a second year, the "What the Tech?" conference will explore national trends in education and digital media, as well as release new research on teen brains and ways to use this knowledge to empower youth to make wise choices. Nationally recognized experts will address current trends in social media and youth culture and share creative ways to bridge the new digital divide and turn kids' interest in digital media into a vehicle for learning and violence prevention.

"This conference allows us to learn about the ways in which technology impacts the lives of children, and how we as educators, parents, and leaders in the community can foster wise choices in their daily lives, both on and offline," said Director of the Rape Treatment Center Gail Abarbanel.  "In schools across the nation, many students are witnesses to or bystanders in situations in which they could help or prevent their peers from being bullied, harassed, or abused. This conference spurs impactful dialogue on how to equip our students with social and ethical decision-making skills."


Gail Abarbanel, Director, Rape Treatment Center

Catherine Paura & Angela Paura, Capstone Global Marketing and Research Group, Inc.

Peg Tyre, nationally recognized, Pulitzer-winning journalist and author

Frances Jensen, M.D., Chair, Department of Neurology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

S. Craig Watkins, Ph.D., Professor of Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas at Austin

Constance Steinkuehler, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Digital Media and Co-Director, Games+Learning+Society Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., educator, filmmaker, social theorist, author, and founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention Program, Northeastern University


Thursday, January 31, 2013

8:30 am – 2:30 pm


The California Endowment

1000 North Alameda Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Media should RSVP for this event by contacting Aimee Dewing at adewing@griffinschein.com

Visual and Interview Opportunities Include:

  • Capture speakers' presentations at the conference
  • Interview Gail Abarbanel, Director, Rape Treatment Center
  • Interview panelists and speakers

For more information on the "What the Tech?" conference visit: http://whatthetechconference.com/


The Rape Treatment Center
The Rape Treatment Center (RTC) at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center is nationally recognized for its exemplary treatment, education, and prevention programs. The RTC provides comprehensive, free treatment for sexual assault victims, including 24-hour emergency medical care and forensic services, counseling and psychotherapy, advocacy, and accompaniment services; training for police, prosecutors, judges, medical and mental health personnel, and other providers of rape victim services; prevention/education programs for children, adolescents, and college students; community education; consultation for schools, the media, government agencies, and other organizations; and educational films and publications that are distributed nationwide.

The RTC has received many honors, including commendations from Congress, the Governor of California, and the California state legislature, and awards from the YWCA, American Association of University Women, National Association of Social Workers, Coro Foundation, and the National Organization for Victim Assistance. To learn more, visit: http://therapefoundation.org/programs/rape-treatment-center/

SOURCE Rape Treatment Center