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PERFORM Colloquium: Healthy Living in a Digital Age: Screens and Wellbeing in Childhood


For those of you who were unable to join the webinar live, the stream is now available for everyone to watch here or on YouTube.

From work to leisure, screens have become omnipresent in our daily lives. This trend is not without concern as most children and youth exceed daily recommended time limits put worth by the World Health Organisation and Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology.

What are the consequences of screen time for children and youth? Do violent contents and video games present additional concerns? How does the family environment influence the consequences of screen time?

This presentation will address these questions with a focus on the cognitive, social, and health consequences and benefits of screen use across the lifespan. Strategies to support healthy media by children and families will also be discussed.

The 1-hour seminar will be followed by a 30-minute roundtable discussion

Speaker Bio:

Caroline Fitzpatrick is an assistant professor at Université Sainte-Anne in Nova Scotia where she teaches psychology. She is also an appointed research fellow at the University of Johannesburg, in the department of childhood education. Her work addresses the childhood origins of education and health inequities. The goal of her research is to inform social policies and public health initiatives aimed at improving child physical and mental health.

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