This is Your Brain Online: The Impact of Digital Technology on Mental Health

Date: December 10, 2015
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Contact: Janet Olsen at or Karen Pace at

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

Registration deadline: December 8, 2015

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: 

A growing body of research from a variety of disciplines indicates that the wide-spread use of digital technology—including computers, the internet, video games, and smart phones—has a measurable, negative impact on the human brain, resulting in significant changes in our sleep, mood, concentration, memory and learning, as well as behaviors such as risk-taking and aggression. This effect appears to be more pronounced for the younger generation of so-called “digital natives”: those who have been using digital technology and social media during their critical stages of brain development.  This presentation reviews the current research on this topic and explores the implications for the education and psychological development of young people. A variety of strategies for responding to these trends and creating environments that promote learning and healthy development will be explored. 

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 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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