Healthy Media Use – Community Education Opportunities

Healthy Media Use for Parents of Toddlers through Elementary School – May 3rd from 5:30-6pm

  • The brain develops rapidly starting in the womb and is nearly adult size by the time children are 5 years of age.  This means that the majority of neurologic pathways are built before kids reach kindergarten.  It is, therefore, so important to give your child’s growing brain the best environment for healthy development.  While new technologies are being developed daily that engage and entertain these young minds, we need to be careful and selective about how we use them.  We will discuss the negative effects of media for young children, how to create a healthy “media-use plan” for your family, and some alternative ways to entertain kids at this age.  We will also talk about why boredom is a GREAT thing for young children!

Healthy Media Use for 6th-12th Grade Youth and Parents – May 4th from 6-7:30pm

  • The internet has changed how we, including children, interact with the world.  Many middle and high school aged kids have 24-7 access to the internet on their smart phones.  Internet access allows many benefits, but also allows for potential dangerous exposures.  We will review some of these dangers, including online predators, cyberbullying, exposure to violent imaging/ideology, and easy access to pornography.  We will also discuss how this is contributing to increased rates of anxiety, depression, and suicidality among adolescents.  I will be sharing some tips on safeguarding your teens from these threats and talking about alternative healthy activities that they can substitute for “screen time”. 

Dr. Charlie Hastings bio:

Dr. Charlie Hastings, board-certified pediatrician who started working for GVH in August 2020.  Dr. Charlie and his family moved to Gunnison from Montana in order to be closer to family in Texas.  They sought out Gunnison, knowing it to be a special mountain town where they could join their passions for mountain recreation and small community living.  Dr. Charlie loves all aspects of pediatric medicine, but especially enjoys partnering with families to help them navigate the challenges of parenting and child/parent relationships through the different developmental stages of infancy through adolescence and into adulthood.  He sees patients from newborn to 18 years at GVH Family Medicine Clinic.