Technology's affect on kids is topic of forum at St. Mary's next week | Events
The average young person today spends more time immersed in media and technology than in school or sleeping. This trend is having a profound impact on children and adolescents. Dr. Jim Schroeder, Pediatric Psychologist at St. Mary’s Center for Children, will hold an open forum on this topic Wednesday, February 6th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the St. Mary’s Amphitheatre, located in the lower level of St. Mary’s Medical Center.
While there may be benefits to technology, including the availability of information and resources, there are a number of risks as well. Studies have shown many forms of media and technology contribute to increased aggression and violent behavior, sleep problems, obesity, poor academic performance, and negative self-image. The use of mobile devices has also led to an increase in dangerous driving behaviors, such as texting while driving.
The forum will be an opportunity for parents, educators, and health care professionals to discuss how potential benefits can be maximized, and how risks can be reduced. The event is free, but registration is required. Contact Kelly Shaw at 812-485-4419 or Kelly.Shaw@stmarys.org to reserve seating.
Dr. Schroeder has also written a series on the subject of youth and technology, available at stmarys.org/articles.