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Top developmental science organization convenes to discuss how technology effects children

October 04, 2016

The use of digital devices and social media is ubiquitous among today's children. From the moment of birth (and even in utero), children are surrounded by media and technology.

Given its pervasiveness, developmental scientists find it increasingly crucial to consider the role of media and technology in development. Likewise, as technology designed for and with children develops, technology and media researchers need to understand how developmental processes interface with the digital landscape.

For this reason, for the first time in its 83 year history, the Society for Research in Child Development, a membership association whose mission is to advance developmental science and promote its use to improve human lives, presents a Special Topic Meeting centered on the study of how technology and media affect children's development. The meeting, "Technology and Media in Children's Development" will be held at the University of California, Irvine, from October 27-30, 2016. Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. For more on UCI, visit

This meeting will provide a forum for intellectual and interdisciplinary exchange on media and technology in development. It is designed to appeal to a range of individuals who need to understand more about the role of technology and media in children's lives, from developmental psychologists to technology developers to communication scholars.

Research Fellows from the Jacobs Foundation will hold a pre-conference workshop to bring scientists and practitioners from across computer science, education, medicine, and psychology together to improve research and interventions with children through the use of new technologies. The Jacobs Foundation is active worldwide in promoting child and youth development and is committed to scientific excellence and evidence-based research.

Registration for the conference is still open but space is very limited. To reserve a space, visit

Members of the media are also encouraged to attend. Those interested in a press pass should contact by 10/15/2016. Conference attendance is free for qualified press with advanced registration. For a full list of topics, being discussed, visit or view the Online Program,

Society for Research in Child Development

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