Most youth today are connected to the world around them via technology. For all its benefits, research shows that technology has a negative impact on the development of empathy within our young people…fewer teens describe themselves as having “tender, concerned feelings” for others. While research is still on-going, there seems to be a correlation between increased digital involvement and decreased empathy. Since technology is not going away, how can we use it to help our young people develop empathy?
As a result of this training, participants will be able to:
- Cite the current research on the development of empathy in youth;
- Explore the positive and negative impact of technology on empathy development; and,
- Develop strategies to increase empathy in youth through the use of technology.
This introductory level course is designed for all professionals (behavioral health specialists, teachers, social workers, etc.) who work with young people. Parents are also welcomed.
Participants must attend entire presentation and complete a course evaluation in order to receive credits.