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Thriving in a digital age

James Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media, to address American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition on helping children navigate the digital world

American Academy of Pediatrics

SAN DIEGO - With kids spending more time with media and technology than with their parents or in school, it's essential to understand the effects of the digital world and teach children to navigate it safely.

James P. Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media, will address the social, emotional and cognitive impact of media and technology on children during a plenary address at 11:50 a.m. PT Sunday, Oct. 12 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition at the San Diego Convention Center.

In his presentation, "This is Your Child's Brain on Computers: How Our Kids Can Thrive in a Digital Age," Steyer will explore how we can prepare the next generation to make the most of the digital world while also avoiding pitfalls such as cyberbullying and sharing inappropriate content.

"Today's kids are true digital natives as they are exposed to media and technology earlier in their lives and through more touch points than any previous generation," said Steyer. "This can have a profound impact on children's learning, social development and behavior, and the only way to maximize the positive impact -- and minimize the negative -- is to have an accurate understanding of the role it plays in their lives."

In his presentation, Steyer will share tips to help families manage their children's involvement in the digital world. That includes modeling appropriate behavior, taking advantage of educational activities, and remaining involved and active in your child's use of technology so you can address any serious issues that arise.

In addition to his role at Common Sense Media -- an organization dedicated to improving media and technology choices for kids and families -- Steyer is also the founder and chairman of the Center for the Next Generation. He is the author of several books, including "Talking Back to Facebook" and "The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media's Effect on our Children." Steyer is also a consulting professor in the Department of Political Science and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University.

Steyer's presentation will take place in ballroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center. Reporters must first register for press credentials in room 19 to gain access to sessions at the conference.


The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 62,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit

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