FCCPS Parent University

Derek Thompson

Effects of Digital Media on Kids' Mental Health - A Community Discussion with Guest Speaker

FCCPS parents, teens, and community members: The FCCPS Health and Wellness Committee invites you to join a community-wide discussion about the effects of digital media on kids’ mental health with award-winning journalist Derek Thompson, a staff writer at The Atlantic and contributor to CBS and NPR news who covers our brave new tech world and its effects on youth and others.

The event will take place on Wednesday, March 29, from 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in the Meridian High School auditorium. We hope you and your teen will join us! RSVP here.

An award-winning staff writer for The Atlantic, Mr. Thompson is author of “Why American Teens are So Sad,” which explores the effects of social media and other forces driving rising rates of depression among today’s youth, and other articles about the effects of technology on teens and others. He is also a contributor to CBS News and National Public Radio  and author of a bestselling book about how to succeed in “an age of distraction.”


Falls Church City Public Schools believes in lifelong learning for all: students and teachers, as well as parents and guardians. FCCPS Parent University provides opportunities throughout the year for parents and guardians to get smarter about school, child development, parenting, education, community. FCCPS Parent University offers programs through FCCPS and our partners for parents of children in every grade.

The number of programs can get overwhelming, and that's why FCCPS pulled it all together under the Parent University umbrella. Parent University provides key information about every single program that helps parents get smarter about school. 


  • School Principals & Counselors

  • GMHS College and Career Office

  • International Baccalaureate Programme Coordinators

  • Special Education and Student Services Team

  • Family Resource Center and Language Instruction Team

  • Educational Technology Team

  • Health & Wellness Advisory Committee

  • GMHS Athletics and Athletic Boosters

  • GMHS PTSA, MEHMS PTA, Falls Church Elementary PTA

  • Falls Church Education Foundation

  • Falls Church Band and Choral Boosters

  • Fairfax County Public Schools Special Education Programs open to FCCPS families

  • Fairfax County Department of Family Services Parenting Education Programs


Over the course of a school year, there are numerous opportunities for parents to discover what is happening in school, and learn how they can be involved in their child's education. Topics include

  • using school technology like Schoology and PowerSchool

  • curriculum

  • study habits

  • class registration

  • athletics

  • nutrition

  • music education

  • mental health

  • social and emotional development

  • concussion prevention and treatment

  • Primary Years Programme

  • Middle Years Programme

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma and Course Certificates

  • extracurricular activities

  • special education 

  • college preparation and applications