Internet and Adolescents
4 CE Credits - Online Course - $39.00
Developed by Kimberly S. Young, Ph.D.
CE Credits for Psychologists,
LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs & LCSWs (BBS) Social
Counselors (NBCC, NAADAC, CALPCC), Nurses (BRN) & More
This course is also offered as part of an Internet Addiction Certificate Program of 28 CE Credits.
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GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION
Children are the fastest growing population on the web. They comprise the majority of users and are often more Internet-savvy than their parents. This course reviews the potential dangers of Internet use among children, such as Internet pornography, online pedophiles, violent games, and Internet addiction. In particular, this course examines new trends in online gambling and online gaming addiction among children and adolescents. Recent studies suggest these activities are as addictive as drugs and alcohol and the AMA recently considered adopting video game addiction as a distinct disorder. Finally, this course looks at the phenomenon of social networking sites, the lurking dangers of Internet predators, and steps in child online safety.
This intermediate course consists of five articles. The first article reviews parenting issues for the digital generation. Parents and clinicians are introduced to the hidden dangers of children's Internet use, such as cyber-predators, access to Internet pornography, violent games, and Internet addiction, to name a few. The article examines specific ways that parents can communicate and intervene with their children when these problems occur.
The second article looks at the effects of Internet sex on children. Curious children may actively seek out graphic pornographic images over the Internet or participate in online sex chat rooms. As the digital generation is much more computer-savvy, using the Internet to learn about sex is often the first place they look. This third article reviews the types of Internet sex children can be exposed to and the emotional and behavioral consequences. Within the last few years, online gaming addiction has become a major clinical problem. Children give up sleep, don't eat, and skip school just to play interactive online role-playing games such as World of Warcraft or Halo. This article helps clinicians with diagnosis, risk factors, and treatment considerations of online gaming addiction and reviews how they can work with parents and children to help break the denial. The fourth article reviews the rapidly growing problem of teen online gambling and provides information on diagnosis, risk factors, and treatment considerations. The fifth article discusses some of the fastest growing social networking sites for children. While social networking sites offers children new opportunities to express themselves and to communicate with friends, Internet predators are always lurking. Many have seen the show TO CATCH A PREDATOR and know all too well how easy it is for children to be fooled by online pedophiles and adults looking to meet for sex. This article reviews the profiles of typical victims and outlines specific strategies for child online safety for parents, as well as guidelines for teens and young adults who use these sites.
This course will teach psychotherapists to:
- Identify the potential dangers of Internet use among children and adolescents.
- Prepare parents to intervene with children about computer-related issues.
- Describe the effects of Internet pornography and sex chat rooms.
- Assess and treat online/video game addiction and teen Internet gambling.
- Identify the signs that a child has been in contact with an Internet predator.
- Identify the profiles of typical online victims.
- Apply guidelines for teens and young adults who use social networking sites.
- Apply safety strategies for parents concerned about a child's Internet use.
- Assess children and adolescents dealing with Internet-related problems.
- Parenting in the Age of the Internet
- Hidden dangers of Internet use
- The emotional costs of Internet use for children
- How parents can intervene with their children
- The Effects of Internet Sex on Children
- The dangers of Internet pornography and sex chat rooms
- Online victimization and teen sexual experimentation
- Changing attitudes about sex
- Juvenile sex offending
- Understanding Online Gaming Addiction
- What is online gaming addiction
- Signs of online gaming addiction
- Gaming addiction in adults
- Psychosocial risk factors
- Breaking through the denial
- Treatment issues including residential care
- Family therapy and developmental issues
- Teen Online Gambling
- The seductive lure of Internet gambling
- Diagnosing compulsive Internet gambling
- Stages of addiction
- Causes of teen gambling online
- Treatment considerations
- Internet Predators and Child Online Safety
- Profiles of victims
- Unique characteristics of Internet crimes
- Warning signs that a child is in contact with an Internet predator
- How parents can reduce the risks
- Steps to protect your child
- Guidelines for teens and young adults
- Clinical interviews with children and adolescents
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