176: What Every Psychologist Needs to Know About Effects of Media on Children and Adolescents

August 10, 2014
Time & Place
8 a.m.-3:50 p.m.
CE Credits
Enrollment Limit
How far does the media’s influence actually extend? Do violent video games result in mass shootings? Does sexual content lead to earlier sexual intercourse? Are the media responsible for the current epidemic of child and adolescent obesity? Do teen-agers using Facebook use more drugs than their peers? This introductory workshop will answer these and many other current questions and controversies about media effects and young people. Attendees will be able to assess what potential solutions exist and how to use these in their work.
Learning Objectives
1. Describe how much time children and adolescents spend with media, several theories about how media affects young people, and compare how new media may differ from old media in impact.
2. Explain and discuss why media violence is the most concerning aspect of media influence and give examples of problematic violence on TV, in films and in video games.
3. Discuss how much sexual content is in mainstream media, how it affects older children and teen-agers, and why contraceptive advertising is one potential solution.
4. Explain why advertising to children under the age of 7 is problematic and how advertising can adversely impact key health problems like obesity and substance use.
5. Summarize how the media can affect a variety of health issues in children and adolescents — especially obesity, eating disorders, and substance abuse — and discuss why infant videos are a potential problem for young parents.
6. Discuss how cyberbullying differs from in-person bullying, how prevalent sexual exploitation and sexting are, and how social networking may contribute to risk-taking behaviors in adolescents.
7. Assess several potential solutions to harmful media influence, describe several prosocial solutions, and discuss why media literacy is important and needed.
Ed Donnerstein, PhD, University of Arizona; Vic Strasburger, MD, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Enrollments are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Advance: April 15-June 30, 2014

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Half day (3 hours) $110 $130
Half day (4 hours) $130 $160
Full day (7 hours) $220 $260

Regular: July 1-Aug. 5, 2014

Member Non-member
Half day (3 hours) $130 $160
Half day (4 hours) $160 $200
Full day (7 hours) $275 $335

On-site: Aug. 6-10, 2014

Member Non-member
Half day (3 hours) $160 $190
Half day (4 hours) $190 $240
Full day (7 hours) $330 $410