From vice mayor Marc McGovern, Jan. 29, 2016: A free workshop on “The Impact of Violent Media and Child Development” is scheduled for Wednesday, offered by vice mayor Marc McGovern and the Cambridge Public Schools Title 1 office. Participants are asked to RSVP on Monday. Among the issues addressed by the workshop:

Our children are exposed to media constantly throughout the day. More and more, younger and younger children are spending time in front of a television, computer, cellphone or tablet. Much of the media our children are exposed to is fraught with violence. How does all of this exposure to violent media affect our children? How does the age of our children affect what they see and learn? What can parents do to keep their children from violent media?

McGovern, a social worker, says he has been offering the training for the past 10 years, starting it as a collaboration with the Campaign For a Commercial Free Childhood while he was working at the Judge Baker Children’s Center in Roxbury Crossing.

To attend, notify Donna Bonilla by calling (617) 349-6492 or sending email to dbonilla@cpsd.us to ensure there is enough food, staff and handouts.


The workshop is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (with pizza offered in from 5:30 to 6 p.m.) at Fletcher Maynard Academy; 225 Windsor St. Child care for school-aged children will be provided.