Children, Technology Addiction, Parenting and the Future

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All materials are available as audios with transcripts.

Developed by Kimberly S. Young, Psy.D.

General Course Description

More than a third of kids under age 2 have used a smartphone or tablet and three quarters of children age 8 and under live in a home with at least one such mobile device. Technology is changing the nature of childhood. Children now rely on technology for the majority of their play, grossly limiting challenges to their creativity and imaginations, as well as limiting necessary challenges to their bodies to achieve optimal sensory and motor development. Worse yet, when parents try to stop or control screen time, children react with defiance, disobedience, and in some cases, violence. Based on Dr. Young’s decades of research and practice, this course explores the new concern of technology addiction among children and adolescents. She shares her standardized “3-6-9-12 Parenting Guidelines” to integrate technology at home at each child’s age, the new IMPROVE Tool, an acronym for assessing children potentially addicted to technology, and her Parent-Child Internet Addiction Index that is used nationally.

This Introductory course provides five audios (transcripts provided for audios). Audios address diagnosis, risk factors, and treatment of technology addiction, Internet Gaming Addiction, and teen Internet gambling. Articles also examine the harmful impact of online use on developing brains that creates attention deficit problems and increased distractibility and alarming reports on how tech use impairs a child’s reading skills, social development, and increases the risk for obesity due to the lack of movement and physical play. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives:

    This course will teach the participant to:

  • Apply the “3-6-9-12 Parenting Guidelines” for technology use at every age.
  • Apply the IMPROVE Tool and PCIAI assessment for children with technology behavior problems.
  • Apply assessment and treatment strategies for Internet gambling addiction among children and adolescents.
  • Identify the harmful impact of technology and media on children’s activities and development.


  • Ihm, J. (2018). Social implications of children’s smartphone addiction: The role of support networks and social engagement. Journal of behavioral addictions, 1-9.
  • Jorgenson, A. G., Hsiao, R. C. J., & Yen, C. F. (2016). Internet addiction and other behavioral addictions. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics, 25 (3), 509-520.
  • Weinstein, A., Yaacov, Y., Manning, M., Danon, P., & Weizman, A. (2015). Internet Addiction and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Among Schoolchildren. The Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ, 17 (12), 731-734.

Course Syllabus:

  • 3-6-9-12 Parenting Guidelines for Technology Use
    • Screen Addiction among children
    • The global nature of screen addiction among youth
    • What parents can do
    • The “3-6-9-12 Parenting Guidelines” integrating technology use at home
  • The IMPROVE Tool for Assessing Children
    • The steps involved with the IMPROVE assessment model
    • The Parent-Child Internet Addiction Index assessment tool
    • Internet addiction subtypes among children
    • A Call to School Counselors
  • Internet Gaming Addiction Assessment and Treatment
    • What is Internet gaming addiction
    • Signs of Internet gaming addiction
    • What makes games addictive
    • Applying CBT-IA for Treatment
  • Teen Internet Gambling Addiction
    • The lure of Internet gambling (acceptance, variety, and accessibility)
    • Added Teen Concerns (including mobile gambling and risk factors)
    • Parenting tips to deal with problem gambling among teens and pre-teens
    • Treatment considerations, including family therapy and mobile apps
  • Future Risks of Technology Addiction
    • Physical Risks
    • Social Risks
    • Cognitive Risks
    • How to avoid risks with children and adolescents
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Cost: $39.00

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