Screens in early childhood: Empowering parents to manage digital device use

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We live in a digital world and young children are increasingly using screen-based media use from infancy. This raises many questions about the impacts on brain, language and social skill development.

In this fear, shame and guilt free webinar series, parents will learn practical skills to help toddlers and pre-schoolers use digital devices in healthful and meaningful ways.

Over 4 weeks our aim is to educate and empower parents to set up healthy digital habits for both themselves and their children.

The series for parents of children aged 18 months to 6 years (starting school) and has been designed and presented by psychologist and teacher, Jocelyn Brewer.

Each webinar is 45 minutes long, with question time at the end and practical activities to try out with your children. Webinars will be recorded and available for participants to watch/catch up on if they can’t view the live event.

The webinar series if FREE for families who live in the Burwood and Canterbury- Bankstown local-government areas.

The sessions:

Week 1: Understanding brain development of a toddler and early digital experiences.
Week 2: Impacts of screen-based media use on social skills and language acquisition.
Week 3: Principles of positive digital parenting and building healthful digital habits.
Week 4: Selecting appropriate apps and games for your child and setting up technology use agreements.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the positive and potential negative impacts of screen-based media use on toddler and pre-schooler development.
  • Build the skills to select appropriate apps and games for toddlers.
  • Apply the principles of healthy technology habits and a balanced relationship with devices, apps and games.

Dates: Tuesday September 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 1pm

Register: via Eventbrite – we will then send you the link to join the webinar series and email you recordings of the sessions. For support to access the webinars

About the presenter:

Jocelyn is a Sydney-based registered psychologist with a special interest in the psychology of technology and staying human in a digital age. Jocelyn has 16 years’ experience in public education both as a teacher of high school social sciences and as a School Counsellor/psychologist. She is a Trusted eSafety Provider with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

She created Digital Nutrition in 2013 as a positive framework for addressing digital wellbeing issues and our love-hate relationship with technology. Jocelyn is part of Australia’s first formal cyber-psychology research group at the University of Sydney where is completing Masters research on the relationship between parenting styles and young people’s smartphone habits.

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