How much technology is too much? Psychologist presents insights May 5

By Sue Cody


Doreen Dodgen-MageeDo you ever wonder what effect technology has on children’s brains? Does too much social media affect behavior and relationships?


An expert will share her knowledge and insights in a free, fast-paced, multi-media presentation, “Plugged in: How overuse of technology can change a developing brain. How much is too much?” Clinical psychologist Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee will share scientific research and suggestions at a presentation 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Clatsop Community College (CCC).


“Out of all the presentations I have attended over the years, Dr. Dodgen-Magee is my favorite,” says Teresa Crouter, prevention specialist at Northwest Parenting. “She has a message everyone should hear. She shows how technology affects the personality of developing brains.”


Teachers, students, parents, professionals would all benefit from the lecture, Crouter says.


“Dr. Dodgen-Magee presents material that is at once fascinating and sobering,” writes Dr. Richard Cohen. “She presents that material in a way that is absolutely captivating. With keen intelligence, intense energy and a wonderfully dry wit, Dr. Dodgen-Magee shows how our adaptations to new technologies change us.”


Dodgen-Magee also has her finger on the pulse of the most popular apps children are using and the marketing of those apps. “She has great tips for parents and fun ways to get children unplugged,” Crouter says. “She is also witty and funny.”


The psychologist is not anti-technology. “In fact, she embraces technology, but gives constructive ways to engage with it,” says Crouter.


Overuse of technology can harm a child’s sense of self, neurological function and relationships. Participants will learn how to recognize dependence or addiction to technology in children. Dogden-Magee will offer techniques for engaging children in the natural world and the world of ideas.


Dodgen-Magee is based in Lake Oswego and has lectured on a national circuit, at universities, for doctors, professionals, students, attorneys and educators.


Refreshments will be served from 5:30 to 6 p.m., May 5, with the presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 219, Columbia Hall, on the CCC main campus, 1651 Lexington Ave., Astoria.


A shorter Lunch & Learn session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Guy Boyington Center, 875 Commercial St. Participants should bring their own lunch.


The free presentations are sponsored by Northwest Parenting, Clatsop Community College and Clatsop County.