course »Impacts of Technology on the Developing Brain and What to Do About Them

Date: 6/12/2017, 9:00 am—4:30 pm
County: Alameda County
CEUs: 6
Location: Oakland
Sponsor: Fred Finch Youth Center
Phone: 510-482-2244
A recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the average American teenager is sending/ receiving well over 100 texts a day, and spends in excess of 7 hours per day in front of some kind of screen. Our society is presently engaged in an unprecedented experiment as young people are exposed earlier and earlier to an ever-increasing amount of digital technology. In many instances, digital technology is either replacing face-to-face interactions, or markedly changing them, in ways that we are just beginning to understand. What happens in the brain of a young child who is left unsupervised with a tablet computer? What happens when teenagers text instead of talking? Our multi-faceted interactions with technology, through screen time, social media, video games, and texting, have profound impacts on our attention, our creativity, and on our relationships with ourselves, and with each other. What do we know about the developmental impacts of all of this technology? How is it conditioning and changing ours brains and nervous systems? What do these changes lead towards? And more importantly, how can we strategically counter-act the impacts that are negative?