HARRINGTON PARK, N.J. -- The Harrington Park Home and School Association will be sponsoring the free presentation "Digitally Distracted The Impact of Technology and Social Media on Your Child's Brain and What You Can Do About It," on Wednesday, May 4.
The program is open to all Harrington Park parents of K-8 kids. This parent discussion will be led by Tom Kersting, a renowned family therapist.
"Kids today spend more than eight hours per day, seven days a week plugged-in to electronic devices," a news release notes. "The result is a malleable brain that is literally re-wired to assimilate to a cyber-world but not the real world. The byproduct is chronic anxiety, attention deficit, depression, poor social skills, academic failure and family relationship problems.
"This lecture is an eye-opener for anyone who attends and will include tips to help folks start living more in the real world and less in cyber world."
This program will give parents the opportunity discuss topics including
- the connection between social media and mental health
- how much screen time is too much
- strategies to help your child reduce anxiety
- how much sleep is acceptable for your over-scheduled child
- your role as a parent
RSVP to Ms. Urban at firstname.lastname@example.org. The HSA is offering child care for kids 5 and up, from 6-8:30 p.m., to encourage additional parent attendance. Indicate if any kids will need this care when you RSVP.
The session will run from 7-8:30 p.m., in the Harrington Park gymnasium, after the 6 p.m. HSA budget meeting in the school library.
Kersting is the founder and owner of Valley Family Counseling, in Ridgewood. He has 21 years of experience as a private practice therapist and school counselor -- and 12 years as a parent.
He was the co-host of the former A&E series, "Surviving Marriage," and has made over 100 television appearances to his credit. He is a regular contributor for Fox News and has hosted advice shows for Food Network, A&E, National Geographic Channel and Oprah's Wellness Network.