“Rieke Elementary, a southwest Portland public school, was fortunate to host Ellen Currey-Wilson twice at its Preschool Story Hour and Educational Series and once at a PTA meeting. Ellen's engaging, witty, and thought-provoking presentations around media and children were very popular with parents. As Ellen speaks to the audience, she weaves together hard-core facts about the detrimental effects of media with her own personal experiences and humbling struggles. On each occasion that I heard Ellen speak, I not only enjoyed myself immensely, but I also walked away with greater awareness of the importance of being actively involved in my children's media experiences."
Parent Coordinator, Rieke Preschool Story Hour and Educational Series
“Ellen Currey-Wilson is an inspiring speaker with a great sense of humor. As a medical student, I feel it is imperative to help parents find a balance when it comes to television watching and their kids. By raising our awareness about the effects of television on children, such as an increased likelihood of childhood obesity and attention disorders, Ellen helped me and my fellow students become better doctors. I would love to see her everywhere!”
National College of Natural Medicine
“How much TV your child watches can be a loaded subject. Ellen’s presentations put everyone at ease and help new parents realize that even small steps can make a big difference in their children’s lives. She gives participants the tools they need to rely more on each other and less on the electronic babysitter. Truly, her workshops are life-changing events!”
Birthing from Within Mentor and Prenatal Massage Therapist
“Thank goodness for people like Ellen Currey-Wilson! In my years in the classroom, I have noticed that the less television kids watch, the more successful and focused they are in school. Ellen’s presentations inform and motivate parents and teachers alike to make positive changes and improve students’ performance. I highly recommend her!”
Assistant Learning Specialist at Tigard Public Schools
"Ms. Currey-Wilson has a crucial message for parents regarding how TV and other media can affect our children. Through the use of media images and intelligent dialog, she exposes the sometimes subtle and often harmful messages being fed to our children by marketers. As marketers target younger children with more potent 'programming,' Ms. Currey-Wilson's message becomes more important day by day. I highly recommend her material."
President of Nystrom Engineering
"Ellen Currey-Wilson could be a stand-up comedian or she could write for Saturday Night Live, if she didn't have all those issues with television. After reading her book, The Big Turnoff, I could hardly wait to hear her speak, but I wondered if she would be as funny in person. Well, she absolutely is! The audience loved her and I haven't laughed so hard in a long while. I'm sure you will love her, too."
Family Practice Physician at Providence Hospital
"When the Burlingame Cooperative Preschool needed a speaker for its parent education meeting, I immediately thought of Ellen Currey-Wilson who is an expert on the effects of the media on children. I'd heard Ellen speak on the subject at a local elementary school, and her talk was funny, factual and fascinating. She doesn't approach the topic from an extremist point of view; she just encourages parents to do the best they can to find alternatives to television. The parents at the preschool loved her sense of humor, her own personal story of raising a TV-free kid, the startling data she presented on advertising's effect on kids, and her non-judgmental and inspirational suggestions for raising children on a limited screen-time diet."
Co-Founder, EnviroMom.com and ReadySetMom.com
"Ellen's opinions on media literacy are insightful and witty. Raising our children in a media-savvy world means we must be prepared and thoughtful about what is coming our way. Being involved in Ellen's workshop helped me galvanize my thoughts on how and when I want my children to be exposed to the pervasive media images in our culture."
Founder and Teacher of My Smilin' Violin
"Ellen Currey-Wilson's presentation was informative, relevant and very interesting. I know that I learned a lot and so did those who were sitting at my table. Thank you for helping us have more knowledge and understanding of the media and the impact it can have on our children."
St. Pius X School – PTO President
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