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Lisa Cline

Volunteer Advocate

Lisa began advocating for students in 2013 as a Montgomery County, Maryland PTA President and chaired a parent-led Safe Technology Committee. In this role, she wrote a white paper quantifying the downstream impacts of screen-based learning, and led efforts to improve filtering inappropriate content on Chromebooks, protect student data, and create an age-appropriate cell phone policy.

Her advocacy culminated with Montgomery County Public School’s adoption of new personal mobile device guidelines in 2022, and with the MCCPTA the Digital Balance Resolution, which she drafted during the pandemic as children experienced heightened impacts of excessive screen time. Her district is the only one in the country initiating a measured approach to screens at school. She meets monthly with district leadership to help create teacher trainings and draft policy revisions.

Lisa also chairs a committee for national non-profit Fairplay for Kids where she works alongside top researchers, academics, and attorneys on the impacts screen time has on our youth. In this capacity, Lisa consults with members of the U.S. Senate, as well as the Federal Trade Commission regarding EdTech’s unfair trade practices and monetization of student data.

She hosts “The Screens Between Us,” a presentation for parents, throughout the county; has co-authored a white paper on the academic outcomes of digital learning; co-founded the Student Data Privacy Project; and appeared in the Washington Post, Bloomberg; on NPR, NBC, and Fox News. She is a writer by trade.

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Events featuring Lisa Cline
Events featuring Lisa Cline