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Impact of Tech & Covid on Communication and Mental Health

When: May 11, 2022 from 9:00am to 12:00pm US ET

Description: This session will provide research on how today’s technology is inhibiting learning, creating attention issues, reducing communications, negatively impacting health and potentially setting you, your loved ones up for biopsychosocial consequences. Discover how cell phones and computer use negatively impacts the home, school and workplace. Explore and discuss research showing how technology dependence was exacerbated during Covid, accelerating it's already negative impact. Better understand how technology potentially facilitates and increases adolescent and young adult isolation and mental health issues. Discover how and why these conditions have been created in the convergence of Covid, social isolation, home schooling and social disruption. Discuss what needs to be explored in assessments and the signs of what the World Health Organization has classified as Gaming Disorder. 

Outline / Agenda:

Impact of technology on education

  • Hechinger Report
  • Washington Post - Homeschool Article
  • Impact on Learning
  • Cell Phone Distraction in the Classroom Can Lead to Lower Grades, Rutgers Study Finds
  • Writing Your Notes May Be More Beneficial

What is tech dependence?

  • Habit, Dependence or Addiction?
  • Introduction and DSM Criteria
  • World Health Organization: What is gaming disorder?

Physical Issues

  • Biopsychosocial impact
  • Beware of Supernormal Stimulus …

Tech companies responsibility and methods

  • Tech Companies use “persuasive design” to get us hooked. Psychologists say it’s unethical.
  • Persuasive Technology Used to Train Developers
  • “How evil is tech?”, New York Times columnist David Brooks

Mental health implications

  • Tech Impacts Physical Health by Increasing Stress
  • Benefits of Personal Interactions:
  • “Most individuals will acknowledge that this is wrong but continue to do it anyways”
  • Excessive tech use appears to impair the brains ability to communicate across it’s various sectors.
  • Are social networking sites turning teens into substance abusers?
  • Comorbid & co-occurring issues
  • Partial Focused Attention
  • PTSD and Online Videos
  • ACE Study - Details and slides can be found at:
  • Social Anxiety

Family Strategies for Addressing Tech Dependence

  • Online Resources

Current Trends and Concerns

  • Twitch
  • BERT, Bedside Entertainment Theater
  • One Week of Violent Video Game Play Alters Prefrontal Activity

Research Review of Tech’s Impact on the Brain

  • Associations Between Screen-based Media use and Brain White Matter Integrity in Preschool-Aged Children
  • Based on factors listed in the NIDA Preventing Drug Use among Children & Adolescents: A Research -Based Guide Indicators of future drug or alcohol problems

Technology, Covid and Child Maltreatment

  • Online Predator Complaints Spike During Pandemic
  • Exposure to Adult Content
  • Child Abuse Cases Drop 51%
  • Interpol Report
  • Average age of suicidal ideation is 12

What can be done?

  • Family Strategies
  • Brain Builders

Stress Reduction Strategies

  • Levels of Prioritization
  • Develop Effective Lists
  • Introspective Questions
  • Use of Tech to Clarify Your Life
  • Scheduling Basics
  • Schedule your life, like you schedule your work:
  • Get Control Of Your Life, Control Your Time
  • Schedule Your Life To Find Time
  • Time management is self-management
  • Basic Self Sabotage Strategies - Time Management is Life Management
  • Changing will feel unnatural, unnecessary and imposing .
  • Prioritize Your Life
  • STOP Method
  • Impact of Quieting the Mind
  • Labyrinth Resources
  • Mindful Breathing

Learning Objectives:

By the completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Describe three impacts of technology on learning;
  2. Provide two ways Covid has accelerated the impact of technology on adolescence;
  3. Outline for ways that Covid and technology have accelerated mental health issues;
  4. Enumerate three impacts of technology on family, school and social communication;
  5. Outline three strategies for parents to use to reengage adolescents who are tech dependent; and,
  6. Relate four strategies for regaining life balance and reconnecting to real life.

Assessment: Completion of Feedback Form

Certificate of attendance will be provided

Provider Name: The Maude Le Roux Academy

Presenter: John K Kriger, MSM, LCADC, CPS

Bio: John is a national and international keynote and content expert speaker, author and consultant. He formerly held a 14 yr. faculty member position at the Johnson & Johnson and Rutgers School Health Leadership Institute, and is a former Visiting Professor at Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China. He has been an instructor for over 25 yr. at the Rutgers Center for Alcohol Studies and continues as an adjunct faculty at the Rutgers School Of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education where he has been for over 25 yrs. In 2018 he was given the NASN President’s Recognition Award for his support of NASN and School Nurses Nationally.

John is the author of, Turned On & Tuned Out, A Guide to Understanding and Managing Tech Dependence and The Pond: A Small Book About Making Big Changes, which was a required reading for the Johnson and Johnson and Rutgers School Health Leadership Institute.

He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Services, a Masters of Science Degree in Management and is a NJ Licensed Clinical Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor, a Nationally Certified Prevention Specialist and a New Jersey State Police trained Sexual Abuse Specialist. 

Special Needs Accommodation: We invite anyone who may need a specific accommodation to contact [email protected] and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. We do provide online PowerPoint for download should you require larger print and we do wear specialized headphones to best accommodate for a clear audio message.

Cancellation policy: Payment is due in full with registration through Square on this website and  is non-refundable  at any time. Please contact [email protected] if you have any further questions in this regard.


Course Type: Related Workshop

Location: Online

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Educators, Parents

Educational Level: Intermediate

Pre-Requisites: None

Number of Participants: Unlimited

Instructional Methods: PowerPoint, Group Discussion, Video

Contact Hours: 3

Fee: $95