Newswise — STONY BROOK, NY, May 15, 2019 – On Thursday May 16, a group of international experts will make up a panel at Stony Brook University that  tackles the question:  What effect is digital media having on the brain and even body development of children? Moderated by Dimitri Christakis, MD, MPH, Editor-in-Chief of JAMA Pediatrics; and Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, the panel includes five experts who will provide insight on how to deal with the ubiquitous presence of screens in the lives of children and how the unprecedented volume of media consumption may be shaping their selves.

The distinguished panel includes Lauren Hale, PhD, Professor of Family, Population, and Preventive Medicine and Program in Public Health at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, and Editor-in-Chief Sleep Health. Professor Hale will address the role of screen-based technology on sleep health. She says that “the technology is powerful, enticing, education, and ever-changing, and yet there is a lot we don’t know about the consequences for child development.”

The event is being run by Children and Screens in partnership with Stony Brook University.  It is free and open to the public. For list of the panelists, see this link.

The panel discussion, followed by a Q and A session, starts at 7:00 PM and will go to about 8:30.


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