Disconnect to Reconnect: What Parents Need to Know About Teens and Tech

Technology is a vital tool in our day-to-day lives – and it’s constantly evolving. Children are being introduced to technology at younger ages and they have become incredibly versatile when it comes to navigating it. Families today are faced with a unique set of challenges when it comes to managing technology use. From cyberbullying to online sharing and internet safety, it’s important for educators, parents/caregivers and frontline workers to become aware of these issues and the impacts that excessive technology use can have.

This education series is designed to deepen your knowledge of gaming, gambling and technology use, dispel some myths, and provide practical tools. The MNO Gaming and Gambling Awareness Program is proud to offer a monthly 4-part guest speaker series about parenting in the digital age. There is a Gift card draw at the end of each session for those attending!

Session #1:
Youth Gaming
with Nadja Streiter
Wednesday October 19, 2022
6:30 – 7:30 pm EST

Session #2:
Youth Gambling and the Convergence with Gaming
with Marie-Claire Conlin
Wednesday November 23, 2022
6:30 – 7:30 PM EST

Session #3:
Social Media and Online Safety
with Paul Davis
Wednesday January 18, 2022
6:30 – 7:30 PM EST

Session #4:
Balanced Technology Use
with Dr. Edward Spector
Wednesday February 15, 2022
6:30 – 7:30 PM EST

To register for the sessions, please use the following link (one link registers for all 4 sessions): For any questions/concerns, please contact Taylor Rawson (Gaming and Gambling Health Promotion Specialist) at TaylorR@metisnation.org

Guest Speaker Bios:

  • Nadja Streiter, LMSW is a psychotherapist and speaker with specific expertise in treating Gaming Disorder and other technology based problematic behaviors as well as co-occuring disorders. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Fordham University and has specialized training in Gaming Disorder, CBT, EMDR, and Process Addictions. In addition, Ms. Streiter serves as a clinical advisor to Game Quitters, Intenta.Digital and chairs the Mental Health Professionals Work Group at The Screentime Action Network. Beyond her direct work in the field, Ms. Streiter remains a Certified School Social Worker in the state of Connecticut.
  • Marie-Claire Conlin (she/her), BA, MSc, is an Education Specialist with the Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use (GGTU) team at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. Marie-Claire’s professional background is in psychology, research and education, with a particular focus on translating gambling, gaming and technology research in an accessible way. Marie-Claire also holds significant experience supporting young people in education who are experiencing mental health issues, learning difficulties and exceptionalities. She has been an avid gamer since the age of five and brings this love of gaming and tech to her work when sharing information about the psychology of gambling and gaming
  • Paul Davis brings 30+ years of IT knowledge and expertise to his speaking engagements, teaching parents and youth about social networking, online safety and cybersecurity. For the past 10 years Paul has advised parents and children about online safety and the potential hazards of social networking. Paul has extensive experience delivering presentations to law enforcement agencies, schools, TV stations and more.
  • Dr. Edward Spector is a nationally recognized expert in digital addiction. Since 2009, Dr. Spector has specialized in the treatment of compulsive tech use in his Maryland based private practice. He is a sought-after speaker and presenter at national conferences focusing on innovative and ground-breaking treatments for addiction and mental health as it relates to digital media. He resides in Washington DC with his wife, 2 kids and 2 fish tanks.