Join Wait Until 8th founder Brooke Shannon and Dr. Natasha Burget as they present the importance in delaying the use of smartphones for young children. Brooke and Dr. Burget will share how a big—and very real—challenge in delaying the smartphone is peer pressure. No parent wants his or her child to be socially isolated. To help solve this problem, the pledge empowers families to delay the smartphone until at least 8th grade by waiting together.
Brooke Shannon is the Executive Director and founder of Wait Until 8th. She lives in Austin with her husband Michael and three daughters. Brooke has a Master's in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University and B.A. in Political Science and Communications from University of Miami.
Brooke believes all children should experience a childhood filled with outside play, long afternoons with a books and puzzles and time without the presence of a screen. After many conversations with friends about the smartphone problem, she wanted to make a change in her community and hopefully beyond.
Natasha Burgert, MD, FAAP is an innovative general pediatrician in Kansas City, MO and National Spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Her work with patients has been featured in outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Parents magazine. She also has been highlighted on NBC Nightly News, CBS This Morning, and other local news programs. She has had the opportunity to keynote at various health marketing, vaccine advocacy, and physician-led organizations.