The digital world is here to stay, changing our society in a way that has far-reaching consequences for our children.
-What are the implications for raising children?
-How do we harness the spectacular connecting potential and yet avoid the pitfalls of attachment technology gone awry?
-How do we prepare them to live in this new world and yet preserve what is required for healthy development to take place?
We have followed our children into the digital world and yet for their sakes as well as ours, need to restore our lead in order to avoid the insidious dangers that live in the shadows of this potent technology. We will consider the digital revolution through the lens of developmental science, committed to helping adults help children reach their full human potential.
Dr. Deborah MacNamara is a Vancouver-based clinical counsellor and educator with more than 25 years experience working with children, youth, and adults. She is on faculty at the Neufeld Institute, operates a counselling practice, and speaks regularly about child and adolescent development to parents, child care providers, educators, and mental health professionals. She is the author or Rest, Play, Grow (Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one) and continues to write, do radio and television interviews, and speak to the needs of children and youth based on developmental science. Deborah resides in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and two children.