Finding the Balance: Strategies for Using Digital Technology in Healthy Ways

Date: February 11, 2016 - February 11, 2016
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: webinar
Contact: Janet Olsen,; Karen Pace,

Webinar link: Registered participants will receive a link to the webinar prior to the event.

Registration deadline: Feb. 9, 2016

Webinar audiences: This webinar is designed for youth workers, teachers and other school staff, social workers and other adults who work with young people.

Webinar description: 

Many people are concerned about the amount of time that young people (and adults) spend with their phones and other electronic devices. This is especially true for parents, educators and other adults who are looking for ways to help children and adolescents find a balance between screen time and activities that are essential for their healthy development. In a webinar titled “This is your brain online: The impact of digital technology on mental health” (which aired December 10, 2015), Scott Becker, Ph.D., shared research findings related to digital technology use, including effects on brain development. In this follow-up webinar, Dr. Becker will provide a deeper look at the implications of that research, and he will share a variety of strategies that can be used to promote the healthy use of digital technology.

Webinar participants will also learn about the Michigan State University Extension Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environment initiative, which provides a variety of educational resources to help communities reduce and prevent bullying and bias-based behaviors while promoting healthy social and emotional learning and development.

Webinar resource people:

Scott Becker is the director of the Michigan State University Counseling Center. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1995 following his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Notre Dame. Over the past 18 years he has worked in a number of university counseling centers, including Xavier University, the University of Oregon and the University of Rochester. Dr. Becker’s clinical and research interests include trauma, mourning, dreams, depression, men’s issues, multiculturalism, couples and family therapy, existential and spiritual issues, non-Western approaches to psychotherapy, narrative research, and the role of psychotherapy in the development of multicultural, political and ecological awareness.  Dr. Becker has developed an integrative model that looks at the impact of technology on neurological and psychosocial development.

Janet Olsen, senior program leader, and Karen Pace, senior program leader, work in the area of social and emotional health with Michigan State University Extension health and nutrition programs. They are the co-authors of the Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments core curriculum.

For more information about MSU Extension resources and events related to bullying prevention, visit


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