Children and Screens
During COVID-19

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

As parents juggle their new job titles, including home-school teacher and full-time caregiver, they are also faced with managing their school-aged children’s screen use. Children and Screens’ Ask the Experts virtual workshop, “Children and Screens During COVID-19,” held on May 6, 2020, provides guidance, tools, and tips for parents of elementary and middle school-aged children to navigate their families’ screen use and build healthy device habits. 474 participants registered for this virtual workshop featuring leading researchers and clinicians.


Meet the Speakers


Colleen Kraft, MD, MBA, FAAP Immediate Past President, American Academy of Pediatrics; Pediatrician, Children's Hospital Los Angeles


Dr. Colleen A. Kraft, MD, MBA, FAAP is the 2018 Past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her background includes work in primary care pediatrics, pediatric education, and health care financing. Dr. Kraft led a pediatric accountable care program at Cincinnati Children’s from 2014-2017. Her financial model incorporated investments to address social determinants of health, population health data-driven quality improvement initiatives and improved payment for primary care services. Dr. Kraft served as Interim Medical Director for the Complex Care Program at Cincinnati Children’s from 2016-2017, where she led family-centered design with team-based professionals in the care of medically complex children. She was the Primary Investigator at Cincinnati Children’s for the Children’s Hospital Association Health Care Innovation Award.


Elizabeth Englander, PhD Director, Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, Bridgewater State University


Dr. Elizabeth Englander, PhD is the founder and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University, a Center which delivers programs, resources, and research to more than 400 schools every year nationwide. As a researcher and a professor of Psychology for 25 years, she is a nationally recognized expert in the area of bullying and cyberbullying, childhood causes of aggression and abuse, and children’s use of technology. She was named Most Valuable Educator of 2013 by the Boston Red Sox because of her work in technological aggression and how it interacts with peer abusiveness in general. In 2018, she was appointed to the Massachusetts Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Council. Dr. Englander was a Nominee for the 2015 National Crime Victims’ Service Award and is the Chair of the Cyberbullying Workgroup for the Institute of Child Development and Digital Media, collaborating with the National Academy of Sciences. Each year Dr. Englander trains and supervises graduate and undergraduate students and collaborates with multiple agencies around the State of Massachusetts and across the nation.


Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD. Clinical Psychologist, Consultant, Author, Speaker


Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD is a clinical psychologist, author, speaker and consultant. An expert on the impact of technology on child development, education and family relationships, her focus is ensuring that today’s students – our children – have not just the technological tools they need as they inherit the AI future, but the tools of our humanity – the empathy, ethics, social and emotional intelligence and DEI competencies they will need to thrive in our ever-changing interconnected world. Since the 2013 publication of her award-winning book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age (a Wall Street Journal Best Nonfiction Book of 2013, since published in Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, and Korean), Dr. Steiner-Adair has consulted internationally to help schools, parent organizations, governmental agencies, corporations and health professionals strengthen the psychological health and wellbeing of students, and minimize the neurological, psychological and social fallout tech poses at each stage of development, pre K-12.


Moriah Thomason, PhD Barakett Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Associate Professor, Department of Population Health, NYU Langone Health


Dr. Moriah Thomason, PhD is an Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Population Health in the New York University School of Medicine. She formerly served as Director of the Perinatal Neural Connectivity Unit within the intramural Perinatology Research Branch of NICHD/NIH. Her published research addresses principals of neural development beginning in utero. Her current NIH grants examine environmental factors with potential to influence functional neurocircuitry of the developing brain. She received her undergraduate training at UC Berkeley, and her graduate and postdoctoral training at Stanford and MIT in Neuroscience. Her work has been featured on NPR All Things Considered, BBC World Service, Huffington Post, MIT Technology Review, New Scientist, and most recently, in Science, Nature Medicine and National Geographic.

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Thanks to the Children and Screens team members
who put together this workshop!