As parents struggle to raise children and teenagers in the digital age — and in the midst of a pandemic — McGill University is offering free seminars that will provide guidance to deal with online learning, excessive gaming and cyberbullying.
Starting Wednesday, McGill’s Effective Parenting Series will present three weekly lectures that will address best practices for online learning, how to prevent video game addiction and how to set realistic screen-time boundaries.
The sessions will take place, via Zoom, on Oct. 21, 28 and Nov. 4 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Experts from McGill’s Department of Education and Counselling Psychology will host the lecture series, which will have a 30-minute Q&A session.
During the first lecture, Dr. Adam Dubé will discuss the impact of remote learning and will provide resources that can help children with learning difficulties. He will also share effective online learning tools for students of all ages.
During the second seminar, psychologist Dr. Victoria Talwar will discuss the pros and cons of social media. She will also address cyberbullying and internet surfing.
The final lecture, hosted by Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky, will discuss youth gaming and provide parents with tips to deal with children who are obsessive gamers.
A maximum of 300 households can participate in the parenting series. The $80 fee has been waived because of job losses during the pandemic, but donations are welcome.
Click here to register.