4 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $39.00
Developed by Kimberly S. Young, Psy.D.
Founder of Netaddiction.com & the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery
This course is also offered as part of a Psychology of the Web Certificate Program of 31 CE Credits.
This course includes materials consisting of:
General Course Description
More than a third of kids under age 2 have used a smartphone or tablet and three quarters of children age 8 and under live in a home with at least one such mobile device. Technology is changing the nature of childhood. Children now rely on technology for the majority of their play, grossly limiting challenges to their creativity and imaginations, as well as limiting necessary challenges to their bodies to achieve optimal sensory and motor development. Worse yet, when parents try to stop or control screen time, children react with defiance, disobedience, and in some cases, violence. Based on Dr. Young's decades of research and practice, this course explores the new concern of technology addiction among children and adolescents. She shares her standardized "3-6-9-12 Parenting Guidelines" to integrate technology at home at each child's age, the new IMPROVE Tool, an acronym for assessing children potentially addicted to technology, and her Parent-Child Internet Addiction Index that is used nationally.
This Introductory course provides five articles plus a sixth article of resources for therapists treating children's use of technology and media. Articles address diagnosis, risk factors, and treatment of technology addiction, Internet Gaming Addiction, and teen Internet gambling. Articles also examine the harmful impact of online use on developing brains that creates attention deficit problems and increased distractibility and alarming reports on how tech use impairs a child's reading skills, social development, and increases the risk for obesity due to the lack of movement and physical play.
This course will teach psychotherapists to:
1. Apply the "3-6-9-12 Parenting Guidelines" for technology use at every age.
2. Apply the IMPROVE Tool and PCIAI assessment for children with technology behavior problems.
3. Apply assessment and treatment strategies for Internet gambling addiction among children and adolescents.
4. Identify the harmful impact of technology and media on children's activities and development.
3-6-9-12 Parenting Guidelines for Technology Use
The IMPROVE Tool for Assessing Children
Internet Gaming Addiction Assessment and Treatment
Teen Internet Gambling Addiction
Future Risks of Technology Addiction