Online Seminar for Parents

Digital Wellbeing, finding a healthy balance in the age of the iPad

Getting the screen time green time balance right has never been trickier than in these COVID-19 times.

In this online seminar you will learn strategies to manage children’s digital life in balance with being physically active and staying connected to the world beyond the screen.

The session will focus on Nature Play WA’s Reduce, Replace and Balance approach to navigating the digital maze that has become one of the great challenges of modern parenthood. 
Nature Play WA CEO Griffin Longley will be sharing strategies, tips, and resources. 

Who should attend: Parents and care-givers of primary school and preschool aged children.

Date: Tuesday 30 March 2021
Time: 6pm - 7pm




Expert Speakers

Merve Lapus

Vice President of Outreach & National Partnerships, Common Sense Education

Merve is responsible for the overall outreach strategy and national partnerships for Common Sense Education and oversees a team that works directly with leadership to impact communities using technology for learning and life. Collaborating with school networks, state-level organizations, community leaders, and national partners, Merve is committed to fostering a whole-community approach to digital well-being, and establishing supportive learning spaces for all children and families to thrive in a world with media and technology.

Merve has over 17 years of experience driving education technology initiatives across school programs, and building educator confidence through professional development and strategic implementation. Merve continues to keynote education-based events across the United States and delivers professional development to school networks, districts, and major conferences. He sits on a number of steering committees addressing school climate and state policy initiatives within his local counties and currently sits on the Marketing and Communications Board for the University of San Francisco.

Merve holds a B.A. in psychology and sociology from the University of San Francisco and is often behind a camera snapping pictures of his wife and two daughters dancing around the Bay Area. You can follow him on Twitter @molapus and email him directly at [email protected]

Leon Straker

John Curtin Distinguished Professor School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University

Leon is John Curtin Distinguished Professor at the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin Universitiy, and is the Scientific Advisor of the multi-generational longitudinal Raine Study. He is internationally known for his research on how evolving technology has changed the occupational and leisure activity of children and adults and thus their physical and mental health. He leads the Health research program for the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child and the application of the Goldilocks Principle to the design of occupational tasks to promote physical health.
He has held two NHMRC Senior Research Fellowships and continuous NHMRC funding as a chief investigator since 2000. He has been chief investigator on grants worth over $56 million. He currently holds NHMRC Project, NHMRC Partnership, ARC Discovery, ARC Linkage, ARC Centre of Excellence grants as well as Danish Work Environment Fund and Healthway grants.
He has published over 280 peer reviewed journal papers which have been cited over 7,000 times with an H index of 42 (Scopus). He is ranked #10 globally and #1 in Australia for publications on children and technology, and #12 globally and #6 nationally on sedentary behaviour and work (Web of Science).
He lead a national report on sedentary behaviour at work which resulted in excessive occupational sitting being formally recognised as an occupational hazard in Australia. He co-chaired a digital policy group to develop the first national statement on use of digital technologies by young children for Early Childhood Australia.
The quality of his research has been recognised with awards including ‘lifetime’ research contribution awards from both the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia. He has given 33 keynote addresses in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, United Arab Emirates and South Africa. His research has attracted international mass media interest with TV coverage, such as BBC news, The New York Times and The Times.
He is a passionate supporter of early career researchers. He has supervised 16 doctoral, 14 masters and 25 honours students to completion. 

Jacqueline Reid

Director - Mentally Healthy Solutions, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner

Jacqueline has worked for over 30 years with children, young people and families in disability and mental health in Australia and United Kingdom. Her various roles include: Chartered Developmental and Educational Psychologist; School Principal; Consultant (Mental Health); Manager Disability WA State Government leading disability support and reform; Deputy Chair of Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability; and Strategic Leader (system wide initiatives) Student Services Catholic Education (WA) managing School Psychology and Disability Consultant Teams. Her Churchill Fellowship (2018) took her overseas where she examined the role of governments, agencies and schools in supporting the mental health of children and young people.

Date: Tuesday 30 March 2021
Time: 6pm - 7pm



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