What you get by completing this session

  • 55 mins of CPD

    A 45 minute video lecture with presentation slides, you can stop and start anytime you like. Includes 10 minute quiz

  • Certificate of Completion

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  • Easy CPD Documentation

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What you'll learn in this expert session

Science has finally caught up to what parents have suspected - some children (and adults) can (and have!) become addicted to the internet and/or video games. Douglas Gentile examines the scientific evidence behind the condition, how seriously it should be taken, as well as warning signs to look out for.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the scientific studies of internet addiction
  • Acknowledge the concluding opinions and theories associated with internet addiction
  • Understand the reasons to take action 
  • Identify the key roles of school counsellors in dealing with internet addiction

About the Expert

Prof Douglas Gentile

Prof Douglas Gentile is an award-winning research scientist, educator, author, and is professor of developmental psychology at Iowa State University. Prof Gentile runs the Media Research Lab at Iowa State University where he conducts research on media's impact on children and adults. As the leader of this effort, Prof Gentile develops and conducts research projects designed to give parents and other caregivers the kind of information they need and want to make informed media choices for their children. His research has been supported by several grants, including grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Centers for Disease Control.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    How to complete this course

    • Instructions

  • 2

    Topic: Internet Addiction - Strategies to Minimise Risk

    • Summary and learning objectives

    • Video presentation (45 mins)

    • Quiz: test your learning (10 mins)

  • 3

    Document your CPD here

    • CPD Documentation and Reflection Activity Tool

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