Teens and Screens
During COVID-19

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

As many schools transition to online learning and more time is spent with friends virtually than ever before, many parents have concerns about their teen’s digital wellbeing. During Children and Screens’ Ask the Experts virtual workshop, “Teens and Screens During COVID-19,” held on May 12, 2020, attendees learned new evidence-based tips and tools from Children and Screens’ experts about how to manage your teen’s screen time and encourage healthy habits, relationships, and connections both on and off screen.


Meet the Speakers


Paul Weigle, MD Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Chair of the Media Committee, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Dr. Paul Weigle, M.D. is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and associate medical director at Natchaug Hospital of Hartford Healthcare and is a clinical professor at UConn School of Medicine. He is a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, chairs the AACAP’s Media Committee, and serves on the Institute of Digital Media and Child Development’s National Scientific Advisory Board. He is most interested in studying the effects of computer habits on the mental health of youth, and frequently writes articles and lectures on this topic.


Tracy Asamoah, MD Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Life Coach


Children and adolescents are complex and fascinating people whose lives can be severely disrupted by mental illness. Early in Dr. Tracy Asamoah’s training, she realized that she had a passion for working with this special group. She graduated medical school from The University of California, San Francisco in 1999 and completed her psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship training at UCLA in 2004. She has been on faculty with the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque and she is currently on faculty with Texas A & M School of Medicine. She was named by Austin Monthly as one of Austin's "Best Doctors 2013". With a background in traditional psychiatry, she has always embraced the philosophy of treating the whole person and is excited to incorporate an area of medicine that promotes this.


Jean M. Twenge, PhD. Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University, Author of iGen


Dr. Jean M. Twenge, PhD, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, is the author of more than 140 scientific publications and books. Her books include: • iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood • Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — and More Miserable Than Ever Before • The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (co-authored with W. Keith Campbell) • The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant • Personality Psychology: Understanding Yourself and Others (co-authored with W. Keith Campbell) • Social Psychology (co-authored with David G. Myers)


Nicholas Kardaras, PhD Author of Glow Kids, Director of The National Institute for Digital Health & Wellness, Founder/CEO, Maui Recovery in Hawaii and Omega Recovery in Austin


Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, PhD is an Ivy-League educated psychologist, an internationally renowned speaker, and one of the country’s foremost addiction experts. He is the CEO and Chief Clinical Officer of Maui Recovery in Hawaii and Omega Recovery in Austin, Texas. A former Clinical Professor at Stony Brook Medicine in NY where he specialized in teaching the neurophysiology and treatment of addiction, he has also taught neuropsychology at the doctoral-level and has worked closely in developing clinical protocols with Dr. Howard Shaffer, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Director of their Division of Addiction. Dr. Kardaras is the author of the best-selling "Glow Kids" (St. Martin's Press, 2016), the seminal book on the clinical, neurological and sociological aspects of Technology Addiction (Smart Phones, Video Games, Social Media, etc.). “Glow Kids” has now been translated into 10 languages. Dr. Kardaras is also the author of "How Plato and Pythagoras Can Save Your Life" (Conari, 2011) and often uses philosophy to help work with and treat young people who are struggling with an existential crisis.

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Thanks to the Children and Screens team members
who put together this workshop!