1st Ever Conf on Kids & Screens "Digital Addiction Causes and Cures"

Unprecedented conference happening May 17 in Charlotte, NC boasting a star-studded lineup of speakers including game addiction expert Douglas Gentile and psychologist Richard Freed. Target audience is “Pediatricians, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Counselors, Teachers, School Administrators, Parents, Youth Workers.” Event planned by Melanie Hempe, Founder of Families Manage Media. Conference also ground-breaking in that teachers have discounted registration and that physician’s, nurses, psychologists, and counselors can receive CMEs.

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Founder, DurableHuman.com and DurableU wise parenting education


Quoting some of the text from the conference site as it’s worth reading.


This activity is jointly provided by Charlotte AHEC and Families Managing Media.

Experts from around the country will speak on the timely topic of childhood media addiction at the Kids and Screens: Causes and Cures for Digital Addiction Conference. This first-of-its-kind event will cover topics such as the diagnosis of childhood gaming disorders and addiction, media violence, social media depression, screen-related obesity and sleep disorders in teens, and the psychology of virtual persuasive design. We will examine the wide range of research with an emphasis on treatment strategies for effective outcomes.


08:00 – 08:30 am Welcome/Credit Review/Opening Remarks/Connect to Purpose - Charlotte AHEC Staff & Melanie Hempe
08:30 – 09:30 am The Diagnosis and Epidemiology of Video and Social Media Addiction - Paul Weigle, MD
09:30 – 10:45 am Effects of Media on Children: Internet Gaming Disorder & the Five Dimensions on which Games have Effects - Doug Gentile, PhD
10:45 – 11:00 am Break & Exhibits
11:00 – 12:00 pm The Tech Industry’s Psychological War on Kids - Richard Freed, PhD
12:15 – 12:45 pm Lunch Lecture: The Screen Body - Jennifer McCauley, MD
12:45 – 01:00 pm Break
01:00 – 02:00 pm The Impact of Media Violence in Youth - Doug Gentile, PhD
02:00 – 03:00 pm The Mental Health Effects on Social Media and Gaming, Links Depression, and Suicide in Adolescents - Paul Weigle, MD
03:00 – 03:15 pm Break
03:15 – 03:45 pm When Screens, Youth and Sleep Collide - Kenneth Weeks, MD
03:45 – 04:30 pm Reclaiming a Healthy Childhood in a Digital Age - Richard Freed, MD

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