Press release

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

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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 hosted 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.