Public invited to confab on depression, cyber-bullying, porn

Public invited to confab on depression, cyber-bullying, porn

More and more young people are having to deal with issues like depression, cyber-bullying, and pornography addiction. PAREF Northfield School for Boys and CCFA are highlighting these issues at the upcoming 2019 International Conference on Character Formation and Digital Lifestyles. CCFA

By Fr. Mickey Cardenas

Jan. 23, 2019

MANILA

As a timely response during the Year of the Youth, PAREF Northfield School for Boys is holding the 2019 International Conference on Character Formation and Digital Lifestyles at the AFP Theater, Camp Aguinaldo, on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The “Conference on Raising and Educating the Wired Generation” featuring four global experts —Sierra Filucci and Caroline Knorr from North America’s Common Sense Media; Paul Graas and Luis Blasquez from Europe’s Interaxion Group— addresses one of the most urgent shared concerns: how to help young people survive and flourish in the new digital environment with its own moral, intellectual, emotional and mental challenges.

Character formation: urgent and important

Nationally-renowned speaker and educator Mann Rentoy, executive director of CCFA, recalled recent local trends to highlight the urgency and importance of character formation in today’s digital age.

“The Philippines topped the world in porn viewing; in December, actual bullying went viral, while cyber-bullying is now common in social media; more and more teenagers are falling into depression with cases of suicide on the rise; and parents constantly worry about what their children are exposed to online,” he said.

“To form character and mold minds are the educator’s most important role if our kids are to grow as men and women of character,” Rentoy affirmed.

According to him, character formation is so urgent that schools have to integrate it into their academic programs.

At the forefront of personal formation

There will be three separate conference sessions at the event on Jan. 31:

  • 9:00 a.m. – noon for students;
  • 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. for teachers; and
  • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for parents.

About 1,000 people are expected to attend each session for students, educators, and for parents.

Participants who are attending the whole day, or at least two sessions of the conference, which is co-presented by Catalyst for Character Formation Association (CCFA) may avail of discounts.

Interested parties may register online via www.bitly.com/nfdconferenceform or onsite.
More information about the conference can be found on  www.facebook.com/parefnfd.

For other inquiries or concerns, interested parties may email conferences@parefnorthfield.edu.ph or call at (02) 928 59-56 local 106 or 0915-715-8615.