Developing Healthy Screen Habits

Held Sep 16th @ 7pm following a short membership meeting

Seminar Topics

  • Strategies and tactics parents can use to help their children overcome tech addiction

  • Creating a digital wellness culture at home

  • The challenge of students learning remotely during COVID-19

  • The deep causes of tech addiction

  • The negative social, emotional, cognitive, physical, neurological, and productivity consequences of tech addiction

  • The essential challenge of overcoming tech addiction

  • Screen Education's research on kids’ feelings about their tech addiction

  • Working with teachers and administrators to foster a digital wellness culture at your child's school

Seminar Outcome

  • Teach parents how to foster a digital wellness culture at home and at their child's school

  • Parents are armed with plans they can implement immediately

  • A deeper understanding of tech addiction

  • A system of terminology and concepts that will facilitate continued dialogue and learning about tech addiction

  • A path to developing healthier tech habits

  • and at their child's school

Looking for more?

Dive in to the research studies that Michael mentions in his presentation

Camp Livingston Smartphone Deprivation Study, 2017

This report is on a study with 62 kids attending Camp Livingston for 4 weeks. Camp Livingston doesn't allow phones or other tech, so the kids were essentially deprived of tech for 4 weeks. It was shocking to see how thrilled they were to escape technology while at camp. This study was prompted by a study I had done the summer before -- in 2016. In that study I did about 10 focus groups with campers at Camp Kern and Camp Ernst. This report is a presentation I gave at the American Camp Association Conference in Ohio.

Teen Smartphone Addiction National Survey, 2018

This was a national survey of over 1,000 teenagers aged 13-18, done in partnership with EMI Research Solutions. The goal was to get them to tell us whether they feel they have a problem with tech addiction, and just how aware they are of the problems it causes them. Again, many of the findings are shocking.

Smartphones, Social Media, & Overnight Camp, 2019

This was a survey of over 1,000 11 to 16-year olds who attended Jewish summer camps for an average of 4 weeks. We conducted this survey in partnership with the Jewish Community Center Association of North America. We wanted to get a national view of how kids felt about being deprived of their phones and of social media access while at camp. Again, the numbers are extreme, and show that kids are thrilled to get a break from tech.

About Michael Mercier

Michael Mercier is Founder and President of Screen Education, which conducts research, and provides training and consulting services, on the impact of information technology on human wellness.

Mr. Mercier has conducted 18 research studies on digital addiction with teens, college students, summer campers, parents, Millennials, and full-time employees. His research has examined the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical consequences of digital addiction, as well as its impact on academic performance and workplace productivity and safety. He also has studied the benefits people derive from digital detoxes.

He has spoken on smartphone addiction to schools, corporate audiences, colleges and summer camps, as well as at numerous conferences, including educational technology, summer camp, mindfulness, workplace safety, and marketing conferences. His research partners have included EMI Research Solutions, Stark Statistical Consulting, Camp Kern, Camp Ernst, Camp Livingston, The Jewish Community Center Association of North America, Hiram College, BOLDFISH, and Calvert Catholic High School.

Mr. Mercier has presented his research to US Congressmen Jim Jordan and Brad Wenstrup, and to the legislative staffs of US Senators Brown, Hawley, Markey, Portman, and Sasse. Congressman Wenstrup made a House floor speech about his findings on cyberbullying, and he co-organized with the Congressman a local roundtable discussion with educators on the role that social media plays in bullying and school violence. He has been interviewed on a variety of radio and television shows.