Parent workshop on the use of screens and technology by children

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We are fortunate to have been given the opportunity to provide a workshop for parents relating to use of technology in children.  The workshop aims to develop our understanding of and help us positively mange, the impact of disproportionate access to screen time, computer games and social media.  The workshop will be led by local Cognitive Neuroscientist, Paula Healy.

Paula has completed an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sussex. Her research dissertation focused on computer game playing and addiction. Since then, she have been invited to give interactive seminars on the effects of excessive screen exposure in childhood, in schools in the South East, to parents, teachers and teenagers.

“Concerns are regularly raised through the scientific community, education professionals and media about the long-term adverse effects of compulsive screen use on education and mental health. Young people today live in an age of anxiety, loneliness, distraction and addiction.  My seminars identify and address the issues around disproportionate electronic media exposure in the psychologically vulnerable young brain.

As well as raising awareness, the content aims to help parents support young people adapt strategies to engage with these digital tools in an organized and productive way. Ultimately, it will help them feel happier, find school and homework easier, have better memory and focus and feel calmer and more connected with their peers.”

The workshop will take place on the evening of Thursday the 28th February. It will take place at West Hoathly Primary School and will be free to attend.  If you wish to attend, please email preschoolchair@gmail.com so that we can book you a place.

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