The 20th Annual Conference

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The Dangers and Promises of Social Media and Computer Technology for Children, Youth and Their Families: A Call to Action

Friday, May 6, 2016
About the conference: The current generation of youth ages 8-to-18 in the U.S.A. spend up to seven hours a day with multiple forms of electronic social media. Recent surveys indicate that:
  • 75% of 12 to 17 year olds own cell phones
  • 92% of teens report going online daily; 24% of these teens go online " almost constantly"
  • Teens send up to 3,400 texts a month which translates to more than a 100 texts per day
These findings raise a number of questions about the impact of social media on children, youth and their families in today’s electronically-saturated society. The technological promises of instantaneous communication and collaboration also create dangers including electronic aggression and victimization. This conference brings together members of The Melissa Institute’s Scientific Board who have over 200 years of cumulative experience in violence prevention and treatment. These leading experts will share their research and experiences with the challenges and potential benefits of electronic social media for the 21st century community of children, youth and their families.

20th Annual Conference - Friday, May 6, 2016. The Dangers and Promises of Social Media and Computer Technology for Children, Youth and Their Families: A Call to Action

Wendy Craig, Ph.D., Professor, Head of the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University, Co-director of the Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet)

What Should Parents, Educators and Clinicians Know About Social Media and Networking? Addressing the Knowledge Gap by Wendy Craig, Ph.D.
The Impact of Various Forms of Electronic Aggression: Preventive and Treatment Approaches by Wendy Craig, Ph.D., Debra J. Pepler, Ph.D., C.Psych

Lawrence S. Feldman, Ph.D., Vice Chair of the Miami-Dade County Public School Board

Jim Larson, Ph.D., NCSP, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
How Social Media and Computer Technology Can Help Students Succeed in School and Enhance Their Well-being by Jim Larson, Ph.D.,NCSP
Conference Resources
Social Competence Scale

Don Meichenbaum, Ph.D., Research Director of The Melissa Institute, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

The Nature of the Challenges of the World of Social Media: Framing the Questions by Don Meichenbaum, Ph.D.
The Future of Psychotherapy Using Computer Technology and Social Media by Don Meichenbaum, Ph.D
Living Lab Report

Debra J. Pepler, Ph.D., C.Psych., Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology, York University, Co-director of the Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet)

The Impact of Social Media on the Developing Child and Youth: What Every Parent, Educator and Clinician Should Know by Debra J. Pepler, Ph.D., C.Psych

Dan Santisteban, Ph.D., Director of Dunspaugh-Dalton Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center, Professor, School of Education & Human Development, University of Miami.