Session 1 Panel 6

Dignity and Safety in a Digital Age: Facing a New Challenge for Families.

10:30 - 11:30    Panel 6 Dignity and Safety in a Digital Age: Facing a New Challenge for Families.
(Hall 7) – EN 🎧 ES, IT

Moderator: Dr Mary Aiken, Adjunct Associate Professor Geary Institute for Public Policy, UCD and Academic Advisor Europol European Cybercrime Centre, Ireland.

• Teresa Kettlekamp, Pontifical Council for the Protection of Minors, USA Text available for download - Click here. Presentation available to download here
• Dr Thomas Lickona, Developmental Psychologist, State University of New York, Cortland, USA  Presentation available to download here
• Mathew Lickona, son of Thomas Lickona, writer for San Diego Reader, California, USA  Text available for download - Click here. 

As the Bishops at the two Assemblies of the Synod of Bishops preceding Amoris Laetitia noted “one of the fundamental challenges facing families today is undoubtedly that of raising children, made all the more difficult and complex by today’s cultural reality and the powerful influence of the media” (Relatio Synodi 2014, 60). This panel reflects on the challenges encountered by families today in raising their children in age of rapid technological change. 


Dr Mary Aiken, Adjunct Associate Professor Geary Institute for Public Policy, UCD and Academic Advisor Europol European Cybercrime Centre, Ireland

Prof. Mary Aiken is a Cyberpsychologist. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Geary Institute for Public Policy, UCD, Ireland; an Academic Advisor to Europol's European Cyber Crime Centre; a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center for research and dialogue on global issues; a lecturer in Criminology and Fellow at the School of Law, Middlesex University and a Fellow of the Society for Chartered IT Professionals. She is a member of the INTERPOL Group on Crimes against Children. In 2016 she was named as one of the top 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe, and in 2017 she was inducted into the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame. Mary co-led the successful 2018 campaign to legislate for 16 as the Irish Digital Age of Consent. Mary’s work inspired the CBS TV series CSI: Cyber.  Her book The Cyber Effect was a The Times 2016 ‘book of the year’.

Teresa Kettlekamp, Pontifical Council for the Protection of Minors, USA

Teresa Kettelkamp retired from Illinois State Police after 29 years with the rank of Colonel. She retired for the purpose of conducting the first annual compliance audits of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.  In 2005, Ms. Kettelkamp was appointed the Executive Director of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In January of 2016, Ms. Kettelkamp moved to Rome to work for the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors created by Pope Francis and headed by Cardinal O’Malley of Boston, USA. She left that position in November of 2017, to spend more time with her family. In January of 2018, she was appointed a member of the Pontifical Commission. Ms.  Kettelkamp is a graduate of Quincy University. She has two grown children, a grandson, and a recently born granddaughter. 

Dr Thomas and Matthew Lickona, Developmental Psychologist and his son, State University of New York, USA

Dr Thomas Lickona is a developmental psychologist and professor emeritus in the School of Education at the State University of New York at Cortland. He founded and continues to direct the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility), dedicated to helping families, schools, and communities foster good character ( His nine books on character development include Raising Good Children; Educating for Character; Sex, Love and You (a book for teens, with his wife Judith and William Boudreau, M.D.); and How to Raise Kind Kids. His Center was the subject of a New York Times Magazine cover story, “Teaching Johnny to Be Good.” He currently partners with England’s University of Leeds on the Narnian Virtues character education project ( He writes a blog for Psychology Today called “Raising Kind Kids.” He and his wife live in Cortland, New York, and have two grown sons and 15 grandchildren.

Mathew Lickona

Matthew Lickona is a senior editor, staff writer, and film critic for the San Diego Reader, a weekly newspaper. He is the author of the Catholic Press Association award-winning memoir Swimming with Scapulars: True Confessions of a Young Catholic, as well as the novella Surfing with Mel, and the libretto for the oratorio A Rose in Winter: the Life of Saint Rita of Cascia. His essays, reviews, and stories have appeared in several Catholic anthologies, as well as The Awl,, and He twice presented at the Walker Percy Writer’s Conference held at Loyola University New Orleans. He lives in La Mesa, California with his wife Deirdre and their six children, ages 9 to 21. 


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