The average young person today spends more time immersed in media and technology than in school or sleeping. This trend is having a profound impact on children and adolescents. Dr. Jim Schroeder, Pediatric Psychologist at St. Mary’s Center for Children, will host two forums open to parents entitled The Story of Media, Technology, and Our Youth of Today.

Monday, November 3rd, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Memorial Auditorium at Memorial High School
Tuesday, November 18th, 6:30 – 8:30 Kempf Auditorium at Mater Dei High School.

While there may be benefits to technology, including the availability of information and resources, there are a number of risks as well. Studies have shown many forms of media and technology contribute to increased aggression and violent behavior, sleep problems, obesity, poor academic performance, and negative self-image. The use of mobile devices has also led to an increase in dangerous driving behaviors, such as texting while driving.
The forum will be an opportunity for parents, educators, and health care professionals to discuss how potential benefits can be maximized, and how risks can be reduced. The event is free, no registration is required. Adults only, please. Dr. Schroeder has also written a series on the subject of youth and technology, available at