The rise of technology has resulted in new and detrimental addictive behaviours, often labelled as internet addiction, screen addiction, device addiction, social media addiction, video gaming addiction or gaming disorder. Video game addiction itself has already been officially recognised as a clinical disorder, and emerging research is revealing the effects and impacts of social media and gaming on children and young people.
This clinical society meeting will explore the impact that the overuse of social media and gaming can have on the developing brain, the warning signs and symptoms to discuss with parents and screening tools to use in practice.
A two-course dinner is provided. Book your spot now!
Speaker: Brad Marshall – The Unplugged Psychologist
Brad is an internationally published author, researcher, clinician, and speaker. Brad is the Director of the Screens and Gaming Disorder Clinic in Sydney, where Brad and his team help children, young people and families impacted by Internet Gaming Disorder and problematic screen use. It was Brad’s clinical experience that led him to write ‘The Tech Diet for your Child & Teen’, providing real-life strategies that any parent can implement to create a healthy balance with technology and put their kids’ development first.
- Understand the prevalence of the overuse of social media and gaming in children and youth
- Discuss the impact that overuse of social media and gaming can have on the developing brain
- Recognise the early warning signs of social media or gaming overuse
- Implement the available screening tools in primary healthcare
- Help parents with early intervention steps and behaviour management strategies to manage overuse
Who should attend?
Primary Healthcare Professionals, including GP’s, practice nurses, psychologists, mental health workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other allied health professionals wanting to learn more about the impact of social media and gaming.
What are Clinical Societies?
Clinical society events are a platform for primary health professionals to come together to make friends, network, learn new and localised information and have fun in a collaborative, knowledge-sharing space. Face-to-face clinical societies are held every 3 months in your local region and focus on a topic relevant to your local area.