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This webinar will use Zoom. 

This webinar will run from 12:00 pm - 3:15 pm ET / 9:00 am - 12:15 pm PT on Saturday, October 17, 2020 for a total of 3 credit hours.

Today’s children and teenagers spend enormous amounts of time using technology, often engaged with two or more forms of media simultaneously.  This talk will summarize what is known about how television, video games, the Internet, cell phones, social media, and multi-tasking are influencing children’s development, as well as the functioning of their parents and families.  Suggestions will be offered to educators for supporting parents in supervising their children’s technology use, and strategies will be offered for helping kids become responsible users of the technology they love.  Consideration will also be given to identifying and treating excessive use of technology and to how schools can meet the challenge of educating students who crave technology but increasingly have short attention spans, are quick to boredom, display immature self-regulation skills, and experience unprecedented levels of anxiety.  Finally this talk will focus on the use of movement, meditation, mindfulness, and the arts as tools to offset the negative effects of extensive technology use. 


Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities of high technology use during COVID-19
  • Describe some positive effects of computer games on cognitive skill development
  • Explain the correlation between social media and problems involving physical health and mental health in children, adolescents, and young adults
  • Explain the relationship between technology use and sleep deprivation
  • Describe strategies for identifying and treating excessive use of technology
  • List several suggestions for promoting healthy use of technology in children and teens
  • Explain some ways of encouraging kids to develop a positive digital footprint


This virtual learning experience is applicable for K-12 educators, higher education professors, administrators, instructional coaches, and other educators.




William R. Stixrud, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, George Washington School of Medicine; Adjunct Faculty, Children’s National Medical Center; Director, William Stixrud and Associates; Co-Author, Wired for Control (2017)