SEASIDE — Social media usage among youths and adults seems to be an ever-increasing phenomenon. What effect does this technology have on the brain? Does spending time watching television, playing video games, texting or connecting through social media change behavior? One expert contends that screen time does have an effect on the brain and changes the way children and adults both think and behave.

Join North Coast Parenting for “Plugged In: The Neurological, Interpersonal and Personal Impact of Technology-Only Entertainment.” The presentation is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 8 at Broadway Middle School in Seaside. Registration is $25 and scholarships are available.

An expert in how technology impacts individual behavior, Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee, a clinical psychologist from Portland, will talk about the neurological and social impact of technology-only entertainment. Ideas will be given on how to enhance family relationships, minimize potential risk and develop appropriate levels of self-esteem and interpersonal relatedness in children.

Continuing education credits will be available through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO).

For more information and to register, contact North Coast Parenting at 503-325-8673, ext. 4.

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