ROCKPORT — The Camden Conference presents a screening of the short film Like, and a Q & A with Catherine Steiner-Adair, Saturday, October 19, at 2 p.m., at the Rockport Opera House.
More than 2 billion people have smartphones today. And people check their phones on average an incredible 150 times every day, according to Camden Conference, in a news release. Technology makes lives easier in so many ways – but what is the cost of dependence, and children’s reliance, on screens?
LIKE reveals the true effects of technology on the brain and uncovers the impact social media can have on people’s lives. The film’s mission is to educate, inform and inspire people to effectively self-regulate their screen time.
This event is free and open to all. Donations are appreciated.
Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is a clinical psychologist, school consultant and author of the book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age. Steiner-Adair examines ways in which the wonders of technology and media also change how children learn and grow, and shows parents and educators how to reap the benefits of tech while reducing the risks it poses at every stage of child development.
In The Big Disconnect (cited as a Wall Street Journal TOP 10 Best Non-Fiction 2013) and in her work internationally as a speaker and consultant, Steiner-Adair identifies digital age challenges for parents and educators, and ways to strengthen children’s social and emotional development to help them grow to be responsible, resilient, confident, and capable young adults.
In her book, as in her keynote presentations, Steiner-Adair shares real-life stories from her clinical practice and her work with educators, experts, parents, and children, including extensive interviews with students from pre-school through high school and beyond.
The focus of family has turned to the glow of the screen — children constantly playing on devices, texting their friends while going online to do homework, and parents working online or using social media around the clock — everyday life is undergoing a massive transformation. Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice that help parents achieve greater understanding, authority and confidence as they engage with the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms. Easy access to the internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children and Steiner-Adair helps her audiences to understand the psychological fallout that children are experiencing, often with their parents unaware.
Steiner-Adair has a private practice in Cambridge, MA, where she works with children, adults, couples, and families. She is a research associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Psychologist at McLean Hospital, and is the scholar in residence at the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute.
This event is presented in anticipation of the 33rd Annual Camden Conference – The Media Revolution: Changing the World, February 21-23, 2020, live at the Camden Opera House and livestreamed to the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Strand Theatre in Rockland, and Hannaford Hall in Portland.
The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit www.camdenconference.org or call 207-236-1034.