Technology & Testosterone
why boys find the online world appealing & how we can help them develop healthy tech habits
// Access to a replay of a90 minute online webinar
// A PDF summary sheet with simple tips
// A link to access the replay (as a video and audio file) so you can watch it back as many times as you like and share it with your partner, grandparents or other carers in your son’s life
Boys are now playing in digital playgrounds. From a young age, boys (and girls too) find gaming psychologically appealing. They emotionally-combust when we try to digitally-disconnect them from their console, or tell them that their 4-hour YouTube binge is coming to an end. Whilst many parents worry that their son is ‘addicted’ to games and technology more broadly, the research tells us that this may not necessarily be the case. There’s no denying that some boys have developed problematic digital habits, that in some instances may require professional intervention, but for most boys, that have developed some unhealthy and unsustainable digital behaviours. As parents and carers, when armed with information and strategies we can help them foster positive digital behaviours and ensure that screen-time doesn’t always end in scream time.
Parents are left scratching their heads wondering:
// How do we raise boys in a digital world?
//Why do they find gaming so appealing?
// Why are their career aspirations to be a professional gamer or a YouTube celebrity?
// What are the psychological and physical risks facing boys as they grow up in a world dominated by pixels?
// How do we help them to form sustainable and positive digital habits… that don’t rely on banning the gaming console?
Most parents accept that technology is now an integral part of our sons’ lives and recognise that banning technology is an inefficient strategy. But we also are confused and concerned about their online behaviours.
This webinar provides research-based, realistic solutions for parents and carers who want to help boys develop healthy and helpful digital behaviours.
In this 90-minute webinar you’ll learn:
// 7 critical online gaming risks currently facing boys in the digital world (psychological and physical risks);
// Some of the deliberate design techniques deployed by game developers to get your son hooked on games;
// What’s going on in your son’s brain & body when he games;
// The psychological appeal of gaming… and why the research tells us it’s not all doom-and-gloom (I won’t propose that you digitally-amputate your son);
// The science behind why your son finds it hard to digitally-disconnect (he’s not necessarily ‘addicted’, but needs help to develop healthy digital behaviours);
// Simple science-backed (mum-tested) solutions to develop boundaries around boys’ screen-time (so screen-time doesn’t always end in scream time); and
// Practical tips to help you wean the screen if you want to make some changes to your son’s digital behaviours.
I’m Dr Kristy Goodwin, a former teacher, lecturer at Macquarie and Notre Dame Universities, author and digital health and wellbeing expert and a mum of three boys (who’s experienced her share of techno-tantrums). I translate the research and science into practical and realistic advice for parents, educators and health professionals about the impact technology has on children and teens’ wellbeing. . I’ll arm you with facts, not fears, so you feel equipped to navigate this digital terrain with your son, without the grief and guesswork.
The live webinar will go for approximately 75 minutes, followed by an opportunity for you to ask questions for around 15 minutes (you can do this either via a chat function on the webinar if you attend live or by submitting questions on a form prior to the webinar). All webinar registrants will be sent a link to access the replay (with no time restriction on when or for how long you can access it) along with a PDF summarising key points as well as the scripts you need to tackle this topic.
Why a webinar?
Delivered in a super convenient online format, parents can learn in their lounge rooms!
As a mum and someone who delivers a LOT of parent seminars around the country, I understand, first-hand, the time and expense associated with attending live events in the evening (I know! Who can be bothered wearing more than PJs and ugg boots at night?).
Organising your partner or a babysitter and travelling across town can make attending in-person seminars tricky (and terribly expensive). But with a webinar, you get to start and finish (and even pause if you need to). A seminar in your lounge room, with a cup of your favourite beverage in hand, wearing your PJ pants and ugg boots - it couldn’t be easier.