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We are pleased to welcome back Dr Aric Sigman, an academic who specialises in this very area, has agreed to once again return to our school to give a talk to parents. Since he was last here, the severity and prescience of the issue has not lessened, but has grown and spread, to the extent that it has become an issue of medical concern.
We will be hosting a one off ‘Managing Screen Time and Preventing Screen Dependency’parents talk Thursday 7th February 2019 at 7pm-9pm at Lift, 45 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PW, led by Dr Sigman. This talk is available for parents of the school as well as parents whose children do not attend The Gower School.
We highly recommend this event; In today’s world, screens rule every aspect of our lives. Our children are now growing up in an age where communication and pastime is primarily achieved through the use of electronic screens, whether that be on mobile phones, tablets, computers or televisions. With this in mind, we feel it is important for parents to further understand the psychology and science behind what has been labelled ‘Screen Addiction’, and how it impacts the development of a child’s social, psychological, and even physical, development.
Dr Sigman is a truly inspirational speaker and it is quite exciting that we have managed to secure him for one of his most popular talks – ‘Managing Screen Time and Screen Dependency’. The talk looks at screen ‘addiction’, whether it be social media, the internet, or computer games, that it is no longer merely a cultural issue about how children spend their leisure time, nor is it confined to concern over the educational value or appropriate/inappropriate content. It has become a medical issue. The talks are based on Dr Sigman’s medical papers Screen Dependency Disorders: a new challenge for child neurology published in the latest issue of the Journal of the International Child Neurology Association; Taking a View on Screen Time, published in the BMA/BMJ’s Archives of Disease in Childhood; his report for the EU Parliament Working Group, The Impact of Screen Media on Children: a Eurovision for Parliament, and his book Remotely Controlled. Dr Sigman is a member of The All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood and they have just published a report on Mental Health in Childhood containing a short chapter he co-wrote on ‘The Impact of Social Media and Screen Time’, which is attached.
Please see an interesting news article from the BBC News on Dr Sigman.
You are invited to arrive from 6:45pm for a 7pm prompt start. Tickets are limited and cost £10 in advance and will include a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival. Please book your place through the nursery office. Places are available on a strictly first come, first served basis.