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Tuesday, April 24 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Relationship Between Media Use In Children And The Rise Of ADHD Diagnoses

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From 2000 to 2011, diagnoses of ADHD rose 42 percent. One in 10 children in the US are currently diagnosed with ADHD, and this number is increasing. I would like to explore the link between ADHD diagnosis and early use of electronics in childhood. Contributing factors to this problem could be a trend towards allowing children access to TV, computers, video games, and cell phones more frequently and at younger ages. The primary treatments for ADHD are medication and therapy. Medication for chronic behavioral disorders in early childhood is problematic, and I would like to explore an intervention that prevents attention deficit disorders from the beginning by reducing screen time for young children at home and in schools. None of the current treatments are preventative or holistic. Through encouraging outdoor and creative play in place of screen time we may be able to effectively “slow down” kids’ brains in a constructive way so as to encourage calmer and more focused behavior. I am proposing an intervention for elementary school aged children that would stem from an in-school program and be carried out at home to reduce the amount of time they spend in front of a screen and encourage them to come up with new forms of creative entertainment. The intervention would engage students in a competition to prove which student could spend the least amount of time in front of a screen over the course of the school year. A large incentive prize would be presented to the student who most successfully reduced media time by the end of the year. I believe a program like this could empower children and change lifelong habits of media use.

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Tuesday April 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Sherrill Center Concourse

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