Screen Time, Sexting, and Safety: Promoting digital health and well being for children and families

May 06th 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Zarfas Hall

Presented by: Dr. Michelle Ponti, Dr. Patricia Jordan, and a representative from Western University's Screen Time Challenge

What does it mean for young people to be ‘digitally healthy’ in world of ever-present screens and instant, continuous connectivity to the Internet? This one-day symposium, held during Children’s Mental Health Week 2020, invites parents, caregivers, health professionals, and educators to attend 3 presentations where learners will be able to:
 
• Describe the evidence-based risks and potential benefits of digital media use in children and adolescents;
• Describe key recommendations in the new Canadian Paediatric Society statements on screen use in young children 0-5 years, school-age children and adolescents;
• Counsel families about healthy use of digital screen media in their daily lives
• Describe digital media applications that can support clinical work and safety planning;
• Discuss current issues surrounding child and youth social media use and internet safety;
• Summarize up-to-date statistics related to sexting, cyberbullying.

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