McGill unveils its 2020 Effective Parenting Series

The goal is to teach parents about the behaviours and consequences that result when children spend too much time on the internet

For many parents, figuring out how to get children to disconnect from screens can be a frustrating, daily challenge. But is it all bad? How concerned should parents be about excessive screen time and kids? Enter McGill University. Starting in April, the Department of Educational Counselling Psychology will be hosting a series of four weekly lectures that will address the best ways for parents to raise kids in the digital age.

The Effective Parenting in the Digital Age seminars will take place Tuesday evenings from April 14 to May 5. Educational Counselling Psychology chair, Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky, says the lectures are designed to give parents a better understanding of how to help their children and teenagers develop.

This year’s goal is to teach parents about the behaviours and consequences that result when children spend too much time on the internet.

Psychologist Dr. Victoria Talwar will host the first lecture on April 14. She will be discussing “the good, the bad and the ugly” of growing up in the digital age. She will give an overview of the positives as well as negatives..

Dr. Shaheen Shariff will give her lecture on April 21 about Cyberbullying. She will be talking about what signs to look for if your child is being bullied online and how to help him.

On April 28, Dr. Derevensky will be giving an overview about youth gaming as well as how to recognize warning signs that it is becoming problematic.

Finally, on May 5, Dr. Adam Dubé will be talking about the impact of digital learning. He will share resources that are available online that could help children overcome learning problems or reinforce concepts that have been learned in school.

The lectures will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will take place at the McGill McIntyre Medical Building. Tickets to all four lectures cost $80 for the general public and $60 for students and seniors.

For more information or to register, visit mcgill.ca/parenting.