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Disconnect to Reconnect: What Parents Need to Know About Teens and Tech

Technology has become a significant tool in our day-to-day lives – and it’s constantly evolving. Children are being introduced to technology at younger ages than ever before and have become incredibly versatile when it comes to navigating it. From growing issues like cyberbullying, internet safety, sharing information online, today’s families are faced with a unique set of challenges when it comes to managing technology use. It’s important as educators, parents/caregivers and frontline workers to become aware of these changes and the impacts that excessive use can have – as well as the safeguards that exist to protect ourselves.

This education series is designed to deepen your knowledge of gaming, gambling and technology use, dispel some of the myths that exist around it and provide you with a set of practical tools. The Gaming and Gambling Awareness Program is proud to offer a monthly 4-part guest speaker series about parenting in the digital age.

There will be one session held per month during the evening from 6:30-7:30pm EST.

We will have a gift card draw at the end of each session for those who attend!

Recordings are available 24 hours after the session.

For more information or to register, please visit:

Session #1: Nadja Streiter – Youth Gaming

Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2022

Time: 6:30-7:30 pm EST

Session #2: Marie-Claire Conlin - Youth Gambling and the Convergence with Gaming

Date: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022

Time: 6:30-7:30 pm EST

Session #3: Paul Davis - Social Media and Online Safety

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2022

Time: 6:30-7:30 pm EST

Session #4: Dr. Edward Spector – Balanced Technology Use

Date: Wednesday, February 15th, 2022

Time: 6:30-7:30 pm EST

Guest Speaker Bios:

Nadja Streiter, Session #1 - Youth Gaming

  • Nadja Streiter, LMSW is a psychotherapist and speaker with specific expertise in treating Gaming Disorder and other technology based problematic behaviors as well as co-occuring disorders. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Fordham University and has specialized training in Gaming Disorder, CBT, EMDR, and Process Addictions. In addition Ms. Streiter serves as a clinical advisor to Game Quitters, Intenta.Digital and chairs the Mental Health Professionals Work Group at The Screentime Action Network. Beyond her direct work in the field, Ms. Streiter remains a Certified School Social Worker in the state of Connecticut.

Marie-Claire Conlin, Session #2 - Youth Gambling and the Convergence with Gaming

  • Marie-Claire Conlin (she/her), BA, MSc, is an Education Specialist with the Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use (GGTU) team at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. Marie-Claire’s professional background is in psychology, research and education, with a particular focus on translating gambling, gaming and technology research in an accessible way. Marie-Claire also holds significant experience supporting young people in education who are experiencing mental health issues, learning difficulties and exceptionalities. She has been an avid gamer since the age of five and brings this love of gaming and tech to her work when sharing information about the psychology of gambling and gaming

Paul Davis, Session #3 - Social Media and Online Safety

  • Paul Davis brings 30+ years of IT knowledge and expertise to his speaking engagements, teaching parents and youth about social networking, online safety and cybersecurity. For the past 10 years Paul has advised parents and children about online safety and the potential hazards of social networking. Paul has extensive experience delivering presentations to law enforcement agencies, schools, TV stations and more.

Dr. Edward Spector, Session #4 - Balanced Technology Use

  • Dr. Spector is a nationally recognized expert in digital addiction. Since 2009, Dr. Spector has specialized in the treatment of compulsive tech use in his Maryland based private practice. He is a sought-after speaker and presenter at national conferences focusing on innovative and ground-breaking treatments for addiction and mental health as it relates to digital media. He resides in Washington DC with his wife, 2 kids and 2 fish tanks.

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