Registration opens March 27, 2018!

Hope College Campus

Challenge of Children is a free, one day conference for parents and caregivers held each year in May. The conference is dedicated to informing, educating, motivating, and offering support and networking on child development, child guidance, and other issues related to parenting.

The very first Challenge of Children Conference was held in 1982. The conference continues to draw over a thousand parents and caregivers annually from West Michigan and throughout the state. May 17, 2018 is the 36th anniversary of the Challenge of Children Conference. What is more important is that over 30,000 parents and caregivers have bettered themselves for the children whose lives they touch.

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

Facilitated by Chris McKenna, Founder of Protect Young Eyes

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time-friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids' development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

About Chris McKenna

Chris McKenna photo After a 12-year career in business advising with Ernst & Young, and six years in full-time student ministry, Chris manages educational content for Covenant Eyes and is the founder and CEO of He has a compelling story explaining why he so strongly desires to protect kids and teens from internet dangers. In a world where technology is native to our kids, Chris and the PYE team have done hundreds of hours of research in order to level the playing field for parents and to inform teens of the risks of using the internet recklessly. Chris and his presentation team speak to thousands of teens and parents around the country and is regularly featured on media outlets for his research.