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PHO Grand Rounds: Parent Technology Use and Parent-Child Interaction
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: By webinar only
Health Promotion
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Grand Rounds
Format: Webinar

​Please note: This is an open invitation and may be forwarded to interested parties.

Family life today is immersed in digital media through television (TV), computers, and mobile technologies (e.g., smartphones, tablets).  Recent evidence shows that families have increasing adoption of new technologies, and 96% of parents own smartphones.  Parent digital media use has been associated with less parent-child verbal and nonverbal interaction, lower parent responsiveness, more externalizing child behavior (e.g. tantrums, emotional reactivity)and it is one of the strongest predictors of child media use habits.  This webinar will review the research evidence on parent technology use, parent-child interactions, and child behavior and development.  Parent perspectives on their own media use, as well as the influence of persuasive design (i.e design aspects that reward the user for prolonged engagement), will be considered. Finally, clinical recommendations and parent-centered approaches for reducing technology use during parent-child activities will be discussed.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the technology adoption practices of United States and Canadian households;
  • Identify the ways in which a parent’s technology use interrupts or displaces parent-child activities and its potential effects on child development and behavior; 
  • Define basic aspects of persuasive design ;
  • Apply learnings to address media use during clinical encounters using parent-centered approaches.

Dr. Jenny Radesky

Dr. Radesky is an Assistant Professor of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School.  She received herDoctor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School, trained in pediatrics at Seattle Children’s Hospital and completed subspecialty training in developmental behavioral pediatrics at Boston Medical Center.  Her research interests include use of mobile technology by parents and young children and how this relates to child self-regulation and parent-child interaction.  She was lead author of the 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on digital media use in early childhood. 


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


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