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Tots and Tech: Challenges for early childhood in a digital age.

May 18 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


How to deal with devices and screens is one of the biggest challenges for today’s parents.

They often look to trusted early childhood professionals for practical advice.

But the debates about harms and benefits can make this difficult.

This seminar aims to present the latest research about the impacts of screen use on sleep, posture, social, emotional, language and cognitive development, and on using technology to promote healthy play.  It will offer practical guidance useful to early childhood health, welfare and education professionals, parents and carers.

Confirmed Speakers:

Associate Professor Michael Nagel – School of Education, University of the Sunshine Coast

Topic: Tots and Technology – A Toxic Combination?

Professor Leon Straker, Curtin University

Topic: The potential impact of increasing media use on young children’s physical health and development

Professor Sarah Blunden, Appleton Institute 

Topic: Screen time or dream time?

Rita Princi –  Psychologist & Management Committee Member of the International Association of Clinical Neuropsychotherapy

Topic: Children and Technology! The effect on Social and Emotional Well-Being

Professor Sheena Reilly – Griffith University

Topic: Promoting Child Language Development via Healthy Screen Time

Dr Kate Highfield – Early Childhood Australia

Topic: available soon

Biography & Abstract – available soon

This conference will be of interest to early childhood educators, academics, health professionals, parent organisations and policy makers.


May 18
9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Australian Council on Children and the Media