Saturday, February 11th we will Continue the (Technology) Conversation started with Thursday’s showing of Screenagers with a parent panel. We will begin Saturday morning at 9:00 AM with a presentation by Mrs. Samantha Kilpatrick followed by the panel answering questions from the audience. This event is free and attendance at the film is not needed to join us Saturday morning!

Panel Members

Dr. Rick Gessner –Dr. Gessner, a local pediatrician at Raleigh Children and Adolescents Medicine, achieved the rank of Lt. Commander as an officer in the US Navy before joining a medical practice in Raleigh. Dr. Gessner brings a unique perspective to the panel from his experience as a doctor as well as from the two years his family spent in Kenya on a medical mission. Dr. Gessner is a Trinity parent (’15, ’19, ’22).

Mrs. Allison Ashley – Mrs. Ashley is always looking for ways to balance the benefits of technology while minimizing hazards families are exposed to as a result of its use.  Mrs. Ashley is a Trinity parent (’25, ‘28).

Mrs. Veronica Greear – Mrs. Greear brings the perspective of a pastor’s wife to the panel in addition to her prior experiences as a public school teacher. Mrs. Greear also serves on the Trinity Board of Directors. She is a parent of four, three of whom are Trinity students (’23, ’26, ’28).

Mrs. Samantha Kilpatrick – Mrs. Kilpatrick’s unique perspective on technology and teens (technology and parenting) stems from her experience as a parent, speaker, lawyer, and a former Wake County Assistant District Attorney. Mrs. Kilpatrick serves on the Trinity Board of Directors and is a Trinity parent (’19, ’22).

Special Agent Chad Barefoot – Agent Barefoot has 12 years of law enforcement experience, most recently as a special agent in the Computer Crimes Unit of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI).  His primary focus is to ensure the safety of children through a partnership with the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Agent Barefoot has a three-year old son.

Presentation Details

Before the panel on Saturday morning, we will begin with a presentation by Trinity parent and board member Mrs. Samantha Kilpatrick. Her presentation will begin at 9:00 AM and go until around 9:40 AM with the parent panel beginning at 9:45 AM (and including Mrs. Kilpatrick). Her topic will highlight elements relevant to families including:

  • Ideas for setting the rules around technology so that you can help train the heart
  • Suggestions for how to prepare in advance of introducing a device to your children
  • Discussing how effective the filters are on some devices
  • Highlighting many of the popular apps and sharing some information about them you may not know
  • Helping you realize how accessible your student is to others when using a device

Mrs. Kilpatrick, a local lawyer and former Wake County Assistant District Attorney, has presented on technology in a variety of venues and covered topics such as Protecting Students in the Age of Technology, Protecting Children from Sexual Predators, and Parenting in a Digital World. Mrs. Kilpatrick will be incorporating elements from all of those talks into her presentation. She will bring a unique perspective due to her knowledge of Trinity’s community and her experience as a parent of teenagers.