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Teens & Technology: Promoting Balance

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Presented by Stephanie Foster PhD, OTR/L and Nicole Foster

Technology is a fact of modern life. Almost everything we do these days is somehow connected to, or enhanced by, the use of technology. It makes our lives easier, faster, and helps us accomplish more. In fact, modern educational theory now promotes the use of technology in the classroom as necessary for graduation standards, as evidenced by the adoption of Common Core standards. However, there is a growing body of research suggesting permanent changes occur in the developing brain due to the constant use of technology. Specifically, children’s neurological development is affected in four primary areas: relationships, social skills, attention span, and addiction-like traits.

A 2018 PEW Research Center poll indicates that 45% of all U.S. teenagers are online almost constantly. Another 44% are online multiple times a day. Furthermore, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports that children spend an average of 7 hours per day looking at screens. With so much time spent using technology, it is important to determine what effects this has on neurological development.

The Teens & Technology workshop examines the effects of using everyday technology. We will review normal brain development and evidenced-based research that demonstrates an impact on children, both neurological and behaviorally. We will examine how the brain is affected and offer suggestions to promote balanced technology use from a teen, parent, and professional perspective.

I am currently offering parent & teacher educational opportunities. This
year we are focusing on the use of technology and its impact on
children’s development. Our workshop, Teens & Technology: Promoting
Balance, explores the use of everyday technology and its effects on your
child’s developing brain. Participants learn concrete methods to help
promote balanced technology use from a teen, parent, and professional
perspective. Please look at the attached brochure for more specific
learning objectives.

Please contact Kid’s Work at (805) 815-5634 for information about upcoming workshops.

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