Emerging technologies are paradoxical in that they hold both promise and peril for individuals, families and communities. At a time of rapid technological change, those who work with children, families, schools and communities need to understand the effects of online digital activities for offline health and mental wellbeing.
This invitational research colloquium held in April 2012 was sponsored by the Alberta Teachers Association, in partnership with the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research. It was a one day intensive conversation with approximately 150 delegates from over 70 different groups/organizations. The colloquium explored the psychosocial and physiological impacts of technology on children and youth.
A colloquium by definition pulls together diverse specialities in an area where there is a shared research interest. Representatives at this event were drawn from specialist councils of the Alberta Teachers Association, research scholars from multiple universities, health sector professionals, Government of Alberta officials from Human Services, Alberta Education and the Department of Justice, Alberta Teachers Association officials, College of Alberta Superintendents, Alberta School Boards Association, Alberta School Councils Association, community representatives, business leaders, and our distinguished keynote speakers from Harvard Medical School and the University of Bristol Neuroscience.
The colloquium had three intended outcomes:
Below you will find the colloquium program and working journal, presentations from our distinguished speakers, and video highlights from an evening public lecture and live webcast.
Finding Huck Finn: Reclaiming Childhood from a River of Electronic Screens
Dr. Michael Rich, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor of Society, Human Development, and Health at Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, United States
In the near future we will be posting a proceedings document with highlights from the colloquium, along with the key research areas or essential questions that were collectively put forward by the delegates in attendance.