Seminar: Teen Tech Talk
Speaker: Cris Rowan, BScOt, BScBi, SIPT
In this presentation Cris Rowan raises awareness regarding the damaging impact of technology on child development, behavior and learning. While technology offers obvious promise for people, perils associated with early use and overuse of screens are often ignored. Developmental delay, obesity, sleep deprivation, mental illness, aggression, defiance, social phobia, poor communication, attention deficit and learning disorders are all associated with technology overuse. Cris provides initiatives to manage balance between technology use and healthy activities, and work toward creating ‘sustainable’ children through human connection and why it is essential for child development.
Campers and parents both will receive age-appropriate education from major world thought leaders. Campers will be taught in person and will receive books and workbooks that will guide them through their learning for 4 weeks. Every week, parents will be invited via email to webinars to educate them alongside their kids. This is a joint effort, and we want parents to feel involved as much as possible!
Below is information about the seminars (including curriculum for campers) and the webinars for parents.
Seminar: The Love Trap
Speaker: Opal Singleton, President and CEO of Million Kids
Who is at risk?
Today, teenagers, ALL TEENAGERS, are vulnerable to being lured in unsuspectingly by a predator. Predators recognize a kid with an intense need to be loved and without the tools to protect themselves. That is the Love Trap. “The Love Trap” teaches teenagers how predators identify a potential victim, the methods they use to recruit innocent kids, how parents can recognize the signs that their child may be being recruited, and, most importantly, it teaches a young person how to protect themselves so they will not become a victim of human trafficking.
Seminar: Hooked on Games: The Lure and Cost of Video Game and Internet Addiction
Speaker: Andrew Doan, MD, PhD
Neuroscience of addiction and video games
Physical and emotional needs that social media and gaming fulfills
Who is more vulnerable to this addiction?
Hopeful solutions for the family
Dr. Doan will share his expertise as a physician and neuroscientist to explain the dangers of video game addiction and the physical and emotional needs that gaming fulfills. He shares the neuroscience of how video games increase dopamine and can cause a physical addiction to occur. The developmental stage of neuronal pruning will be explained so that parents understand the limited time a child has for the brain to easily learn the skills necessary for life. Having battled his own addictions with video games, he will share steps for families to take for prevention and explain what symptoms are warning signs for addiction. Finally, you will learn how games and social media are designed to get a person hooked by exploiting the dopamine reward pathway that all humans have and can fall victim to over using technology. You will be empowered and hopeful from this valuable message.
Camp Unplugged is not just for your student’s education, it’s for the parents too! We will equip you with the most up to date knowledge necessary to survive the digital age and protect your family! Like no other camp, we offer web seminars taught by leading experts about the effect that digital media has on the brain, behavior, emotions, safety, and our Christian faith. The internet enables constant access to education, communication, and entertainment. It also enables unwanted access to bullying, over-stimulation, health problems, addiction, promiscuity, child abduction, sex trafficking, pornography, and more in the sanctity of your home. There is no stopping it completely. Parent webinars will include adult topics while the students will be taught age appropriate science and safeguards for healthy tech use. We are not anti-tech use. We are about healthy tech use so that you control tech before it controls you! Additionally, we will educate the students about health, nutrition, leadership, and how they all affect our ability to pursue God’s plan for our life. Upon registration, you will be mailed a copy of the leaders' books.