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Children and Screens and Stony Brook University Co-Host a Conversation with Researchers on Kids and Media
[May 14, 2019]

Children and Screens and Stony Brook University Co-Host a Conversation with Researchers on Kids and Media

This Thursday, May 16th, at 7pm, Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development, a national research organization, will host a conversation with experts on the digital media effects on child and adolescent health, in partnership with Stony Brook University at its Charles B. Wang Center Theater.

Six leading researchers, clinicians, and child health experts will discuss what we know and what we need to learn about the impact of digital media on developing minds and bodies. JAMA Pediatrics Editor-in-Chief Dimitri A. Christakis, M.D., M.P.H., will moderate the international panel, including newly named Canada Research Chair in Child and Family Clinical Psychology, Dillon T. Browne, Ph.D., Jennifer A. Emond, MS, Ph.D., from Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, founding Editor-in-Chief of Sleep Health, Lauren Hale, Ph.D., Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Child Development, Sheri Madigan, Ph.D., and expert in internet addiction, Hans-Jürgen Rumpf, Ph.D., from the University of Lübeck, Germany.

Parents are encouraged to submit questions when they register. This interactive discussion will also feature live audience questions.

The special evening is part of a public lecture series running concurrently with interdisciplinary research retreats being hostd by Children and Screens.

From Friday through Saturday, a dozen experts will convene at Children and Screens' headquarters to collaborate on the design and development of a Media Impact Screening Toolkit (MIST). A significant need exists for researchers, clinicians, practitioners, and educators to assess youth media use and recognize the relationship between various presenting health concerns that are increasingly common but often unidentified as being connected to screen use. Children and Screens and the MIST workgroup are addressing this gap by developing a novel screening toolkit to use in research and clinical settings and to help inform diagnosis and decision making in a variety of contexts. This innovative suite of instruments will be validated, published, and distributed internationally to a wide variety of stakeholders, including pediatricians, public health experts, child psychologists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, and educators.

If you are interested in attending Thursday evening's event at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook, please register for the event here.

About Children and Screens

Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development is a 501C(3) national non-profit organization founded by Dr. Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra, who has spent her career in public service ranging from non-profit development, medicine and philanthropy devoted to children and adolescents. She started Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development in 2013 to provide a forum for researchers, clinicians, and other experts from a wide variety of disciplines to meet, collaborate, and share research; advance funding in the study of digital media's effects on children; and provide parents and educators with the resources and answers they need to raise happy and healthy children in the digital age.

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