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National Conference in Jan'18: Growing Digital World: Multiphasic Insights and Responsibilities

ChildSafeMedia teams up this year with the Department of Counseling Psychology, Madras School of Social Work to bring you the National Conference on media impact on Child Development, titled, "Growing Digital World: Multiphasic Insights and Responsibilities."

The last two decades have been witness to rapid advancement in technology. As the most vulnerable demographic segment, today’s children are subject to a barrage of mixed influences in the form of entertainment – on TV, on the Internet and on their smartphones. While media is a powerful tool, it is also a double-edged sword that needs careful use. With gender stereotypes, body imagery, crude humour and violence, are the standards for acceptable content dipping lower? At a stage when their identities are being formed, do young girls and boys receive confusing messages about their bodies, relationships, concepts of heroism, etc. that leads them to make inappropriate, unfortunate and sometimes, dangerous choices? The omnipresence of media and technology has inevitably altered the way we think, behave, and make decisions – for better, and for worse. Hence, appropriate usage of media has become the need of the hour. This conference has a two-fold objective of better understanding how media influences developmental, cognitive, and social domains of young human life, as well as highlighting the appropriate consumption of media.


* Keynote address: Dr. Ruchi Jaggi, Director of Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication. * Digital Intervention: MediaParenting training by Dr. Hema Tharoor, practising psychologist. * Panel Discussion by experts from media, academia, counseling and corporate sectors. * Paper presentations by graduate students, researchers and faculty in the departments of Psychology, Media and Communication. Who should attend

Anyone with a stake in child development: Parents, educators, researchers, practicing psychologists, students of Psychology, Media, Communication. Registration fee: Rs. 1000 for registrations till 5th Jan, Rs. 1200 up till date of event. Includes conference kit and refreshments on both days (lunch, morning and afternoon tea and snacks).

All participants will be given a certificate at the end of the 2-day program. For paper presentations: Submission of abstracts: 30th Dec 2017 - extended now. Final papers: 10th Jan 2018 Detailed agenda will be up here soon.

Registration fee can be remitted either by cash/ DD/ NEFT/ IMPS in favour of “The Counselling and Guidance Forum” payable at Chennai.

Account details for remitting online:

Account name: The Counselling and Guidance Forum

SB Account #: 0589000101001494

Bank/ Branch: Corporation Bank, Egmore

IFSC Code: CORP0000589

Online transfer reference number to be mailed along with registration form to

Do email to register or call:

Ms. Shyamala Ramesh – 97104 20906

Mr. Karthik Lakshmanan – 98409 24035

Ms. Hannah John – 96770 35181

See you there!

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