What: Please join Meredith Pike, M.A., Dr. Erika Brady, IWK Psychology, and Dr. Melanie Vanier, IWK Psychology, for a free community information session titled “Toddlers and Tablets: Parenting preschoolers in the digital age.” An opportunity for questions and dialogue will follow the presentation. All are welcome to attend.
The pervasiveness of electronic media in the day-to-day lives of families has exploded in the past decade. From as young as infancy, children are exposed to television and computers. Many can expertly navigate their way around a touch screen well before they can speak!
But what impact does the exposure to digital media have on the developing brain? Can electronic media help or harm learning through the preschool years? And how do parents make smart and realistic decisions about the role of electronic media in the lives of their young children?
This talk will help parents make sense of the often confusing and conflicting messages that exist about the effects of screen time and offer practical and realistic advice on how to ensure electronic media is used in a healthy way.
When: Monday, February 11, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Parker Reception Room, IWK Health Centre
The Parker Reception Room is located on the main floor of the IWK, nearest the Women’s Building entrance.
The Psychology for You series is also available through the Nova Scotia Telehealth Network, a video conferencing communications network that connects health care focused facilities across Nova Scotia. This community information session can be viewed at the following Nova Scotia Telehealth Network locations and is also offered to any interested Atlantic First Nations Communities:
• Annapolis Community Health Centre, Annapolis Royal
• Soldier's Memorial Hospital, Middleton
• Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney
• Strait Richmond Hospital, Evanston
• Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro
• St. Martha's Regional Hospital, Antigonish
• Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow
• South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater
• Roseway Hospital, Shelburne
• Eastern Kings Memorial Community Health Centre, Wolfville
• Atlantic First Nations Communities
To help us facilitate planning, please confirm your attendance with the Telehealth Coordinator via the main switchboard at the location nearest to you by Thursday February 7, 2013. First Nations Communities, please contact Sarah Doucette, First Nations Help Desk via phone at 1-902-567-0842.
Meredith Pike, M.A.
Ph.D. Candidate (University of Guelph)
Meredith Pike is a Pre-Doctoral Psychology Resident at the IWK Health Centre.
Dr. Erika Brady, Psychologist, IWK Health Centre
Ph.D., 1998, Temple University
Dr. Brady is a Psychologist with the IWK Preschool Autism Team and the IWK Preschool Pediatric Psychology Service.
Dr. Melanie Vanier, Psychologist, IWK Health Centre
Ph.D., 2006, University of Guelph
Dr. Vanier is a Psychologist with the IWK Preschool Autism Team and the IWK Preschool Pediatric Psychology Service.
To learn more about Psychology for You, please visit the “Healthy Families” section or the Psychology page within “Care Services” on the IWK website at www.iwk.nshealth.ca.
Please be advised that the videotaping and audio taping of this session are not permitted by anyone other than the IWK. This video and audio taping restriction is required to protect the confidentiality of and ensure comfort among audience members.
For more information, please contact: IWK Public Relations, (902) 470-6740.