Doing everything online – mental wellbeing vs. digital addiction effects on human interaction – WS 13 2021

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29 June 2021 | 16:30-17:30 CEST | Studio Trieste
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Working title: Doing everything online – mental wellbeing vs. digital addiction effects on human interaction
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Session teaser

In the past EuroDIGs, experts and community members agreed that there should be a limit to the number of hours a child spends online. We discussed digital addiction. We discussed mental wellbeing and attempted to find a balance between living life in the real world and spending time online. We thought we had found the right balance.

The COVID19 Pandemic has exploded these limits: people have been prompted to spend more time online and less time outside. Limits set on «screen use» by young people have been exceeded because of online teaching. Increased online information consumption has exposed them to an increased offering of misinformation, inappropriate content and cyber risks. Are we turning them... and us, into cyber addicts?

Session description

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Digital addiction remains one of the most debated and disturbing problems of our time. The term itself is still very controversial. While some are alarming on the addictive potential of technologies, scientists insist on the absence of such diagnosis in the official classification of diseases and prefer to talk about «problematic» or «excessive» use of the Internet. But the problem of the disorders caused by Internet consumption has recently erupted again with renewed vigour.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which appeared at the beginning of 2020, has had a tremendous impact on all aspects of global society, including education, digital content consumption, and mental health. During the lockdown, students of all ages and levels were forced to remote learning. But it turned out to be hard to track when the studies end and the meaningless content consumption begins.

The workshop is aimed at identifying the best approaches to manage Internet traffic consumption among children who spend all day between a computer display and a smartphone screen. It is also intended to determine societal challenges caused by extensive digitalisation during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to identify effective and safe practices of e-learning in the face of children's increasing screen time.

Therefore it is structured around three main lines:

1. Digital addiction: what are the main concerns over the impact of digital technologies on the adolescent psyche?
2. Safety and Mental Wellbeing: how can social networks and online platforms modernize their work to make cyberspace a better place?
3. Challenges and Opportunities of Distance Education: where is the borderline between accessible and efficient e-learning and the ever-increasing time spent online.


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The workshop will be held online via Zoom and some other interactive web platforms. The one-hour session will be divided as follows:

Introductory part: a brief presentation of the topic (3-5 mins max).
The main part with open discussion: the essential aspects of the session will be presented by the key speakers and discussed with the audience (7-10 mins for each presentation, 5-8 mins for Q&A, 45 mins max in total).
The final part: looking for better solutions based on regional, personal or organisational experience with a brief summary afterward (10 mins max).

Following each presentation, experts are expected to be engaged in open dialogue with other key speakers and audience. The session will be led by the moderator who will also open the floor to the audience for intervention after each expert's presentation. The second moderator will follow the chat messages and questions throughout the entire event.

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  • Vlad Ivanets
  • Ekaterina Potekhina

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  • Olivier Crepin-Leblond

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  • Vlad Ivanets
  • Sabrina Vorbau
  • Desara Dushi, Vrije University Brussels
  • Ekaterina Potekhina
  • Vesna Manojlovic
  • Peter Safronov
  • Silvia Crocitta, EuroDemos Youth Mobility NGO / Europejska Fundacja Rozwoju Czlowieka

Key Participants

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Artur Modlinski, Researcher on the Influence of AI on Human Resource Management, European Foundation for Human Development (EuroFRC), Center for Artificial Intelligence and Cybercommunication Research (CAICR), professor at the University of Lodz, PL – link

Social Scoring – Delusive Carrot and Stick Approach. In social scoring, new technologies are used to instantaneously evaluate human behavior by awarding or receiving points. As a result, a new dystopian mechanism of social control and exclusion emerges. The speech emphasizes the current and future risks associated with this phenomenon.

Peter Safronov, Educational Methods Coordinator at the Letovo School, Educational Programs Historian, Author of «Udalenka» (remote education) Podcast, Professor at the Free Moscow University, RU – link

Communication and Control. How to build trust in distance learning and find the right balance of engagement and wellbeing in the e-learning process.

Kristelle Lavallee, Senior Content Strategist at the Digital Wellness Lab (DWL) at Boston Children’s Hospital, Child Development Expert at Mediatrics Inc., Co-Author of the «Ask the Mediatrician» Podcast, US – link

Jill R. Kavanaugh, Knowledge Program Librarian at Digital Wellness Lab; Coordinator at the Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID), US – link

Wellbeing and Problematic Interactive Media Use (PIMU) among Children and Adolescents. While we may be quick to label children and adolescents who struggle to regulate their technology use as «addicts,» evidence exists that defines Problematic Interactive Media Use as a disorder akin to Binge Eating Disorder – the overuse of a necessary resource. At the Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders, our goal is to recognise youths’ motivations for using technology, the problems and potentials of that use, and how best to treat patients in order for them to integrate technology into their lives in healthy and optimal ways.

In addition to clinical care, the Digital Wellness Lab offers educational and evidence-based guidance for educators and families. Our recent Pulse Survey, focused on parent perspectives on distance learning during the pandemic, revealed overall mostly positive experiences with technology as well as clear concerns regarding children’s social and emotional learning. Research from the field, especially from the past year, demonstrates the importance and value of technology in our society, and also highlights the necessity of balancing technology use with other activities in order to optimise health and wellbeing.


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