MEDIA ADVISORY: Centerstone experts, FCC’s “children’s commissioner” host community forum on cyberbullying, online privacy, health issues

Jim Steyer, of Common Sense Media, nationally recognized expert on children’s digital safety makes comments


Raising and Protecting a Digital Native

Second session of Leadership and Civility in a Digital Age
April 5, 7 p.m., Ezell Center
Just days after the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that all parents should have a “family on-line use plan” to protect the health of their children, Lipscomb University and Centerstone will present a free community forum designed to educate, empower and protect families in the digital world. National child online safety experts and local mental health experts will discuss cyberbullying, online privacy concerns and health issues related to Internet use on a daily basis.

Jim Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media and a nationally recognized expert in online child safety, will make comments via Skype. Common Sense provides ratings for various digital entertainment; conducts research on online privacy, cyberbullying and the developmental value of smart phones; and provides information for Congress, government agencies and the national press on the issues of children and media.

Deborah Taylor Tate, often referred to as the “children’s commissioner,” was a leading voice on issues affecting families and children during her tenure on the Federal Communications Commission. She has been at the forefront of the movement to ensure advances in communications technologies benefit all Americans. In 2009, she was named a World Telecommunications and Information Society Day Laureate for her international work regarding education, advocacy and protection of children online. She was also instrumental in the creation and implementation of a Mental Health Commission culminating in the passage of a comprehensive mental health law for Tennessee, including an historic chapter on children and youth.

Note: Deborah Taylor Tate and Jim Steyer are available for phone interviews prior to the event. To arrange interviews, contact Janel Shoun at 615.335.6273.

Centerstone Mental Health Experts

Centerstone, the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, has been recognized by the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations for its violence and bullying prevention program.

  • Kerry Loy, senior clinician, Coaching4Teens, works with teens in Nashville schools to help them a maintain a balanced lifestyle.
  • Karen H. Rhea, MD, chief medical officer, will discuss the various health issues related to Internet use such as loss of sleep, obesity and depression.
  • Wayne Easterwood, chief information officer, has a long history of protecting privacy online as Centerstone was one of the first community-based health care organizations in the nation to adopt electronic health records.
Tuesday, April 5
7 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 301
Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive, Nashville, 37204


Janel Shoun

The Leadership and Civility in a Digital Age speaker series is co-presented by Lipscomb University’s Institute for Civic Leadership and Department of Communication and Journalism and by Centerstone.