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Promoting Social Engagement and Preventing Digital Harms in Early Childhood

Welcome to the organizing page for the

Global Alliance for Promoting Social Engagement and Preventing Digital Harms in Early Childhood

 

Download List of 14 Top Worldwide Research Studies

Other Supporting Research

General Statement Models and Background Information

Parents Statement Planning

Healthcare Professionals Statement Planning

Speaker Resources

Please join us for our next online general meeting on February 20, 2024 at noon EST

WATCH PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

October 6, 2023

November 29, 2023

January 18, 2024

January 26, 2024 Statement Planning Session

These meetings are a follow-on action to an in-person meetup on July 18, 2023, at the World Association for Infant Mental Health World Congress, held this year in Dublin, Ireland. Research presented at the conference added to existing evidence that screen exposure is associated with a host of negative outcomes for babies and toddlers including:

  • Language delay
  • Structural brain changes
  • Deficits in executive functioning
  • Autism-like symptoms and other delays in social and emotional development
  • Disruption of parent-child attachment and early relational health 

In this meeting, we invite you to help find ways to increase understanding in this critically important area. We will explore how we can join forces to raise global awareness about what young children need for optimal growth and development.  

Your hosts are child development researchers and child advocates committed to raising worldwide awareness that young children need face-to-face, full-sensory, hands-on interaction with their parents, other people, and the real world—a process easily disrupted by digital device usage.  We want all parents to have the science-based information they need to make the best decisions for helping their children thrive.

If you have questions or would like to attend a meeting or join the Alliance, please email info@durablehuman.com

Your hosts:

Karen Frankel Heffler, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, Drexel University College of Medicine Department
Karen Frankel Heffler, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, Drexel University College of Medicine
Lori Frome, M. Ed., Early Interventionist and child development researcher
Lori Frome, M. Ed., Early Interventionist and child development researcher
Jenifer Joy Madden, Certified Digital Wellness Educator and member of Screen Time Action Network
 Jenifer Joy Madden, Certified Digital Wellness Educator and member of Screen Time Action Network