Children, Technology Addiction, Parenting, and the Future

Presented by Kimberly Young, PsyD on 01-16-2015 at 9 a.m. Pacific

Technology is changing the nature of childhood. More than 30% of children under the age of 2 have used a tablet or smartphone and 75% of kids age 8 and younger live with one or more mobile devices in the home. Because technology is used so frequently in child play, the creativity and imaginations of our youth are left idle, and their opportunities to achieve optimal motor and sensory development are diminished. Compounding the problem, children react with defiance, disobedience, and in some cases, violence when parents try to limit or stop screen time.

This course explores the new concern of technology addiction among children and adolescents and draws on Dr. Young's decades of research. In this introductory course, she outlines the criteria, risk factors, and treatment of technology addiction. She shares her standardized "3-6-9-12 Parenting Guidelines" to integrate technology at home at each child's age, the new IMPROVE Tool for assessing children potentially addicted to technology, and her Parent-Child Internet Addiction Index (PCIAI) that is used nationally.

This web conference is beginning instructional level and designed to help clinicians:

  1. Assess and apply treatment strategies for technology addiction;
  2. Explain the "3-6-9-12 Parenting Guidelines" for technology use at every age;
  3. Describe the IMPROVE Tool and PCIAI assessment for children with technology behavior problems;
  4. Identify the harmful impact of technology and media on children's activities and development.

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How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions.

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

This event will include lecture and question-and-answer periods. A recording of the web conference will be available to members in GoodTherapy.org's Continuing Education Archives within two weeks. After the live event, a written transcript of the event will be available in the Member's Area. Members of GoodTherapy.org can receive continuing education credits for attending this event by logging in to the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

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Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Event Reviews from Members

"Parental tips and resources were excellent for therapists and parents alike. Really important topic often overlooked." - Elaine Willey, MA, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Meet the Presenter

Kimberly Young, PsyD

Kimberly Young, PsyD

Dr. Kimberly Young, PsyD specializes in Internet addiction. She established the Center for Internet Addiction in 1995, and her empirically based treatment plan, CBT-IA, is the first of its kind. She is also a professor at St. Bonaventure University.

Dr. Young has written many book chapters, books, and articles on the topic of Internet addiction, including the book Caught in the Net, which is available in nine different languages. She created the 3-6-9-12 Parenting Guidelines addressing technology use in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Senate Communications Office, and she founded the first Internet addiction treatment clinic at the Bradford Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, The London Times, TIME magazine, Newsweek, Good Morning America, Fox News, CBS News, CNN, and ABC's World News Tonight. The Pennsylvania Psychological Association awarded Dr. Young with the Psychology in the Media Award. For additional information about Dr. Young and her work, please visit www.netaddiction.com.

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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.