The developing brain in a digital world: impacts of social media, gaming, and other technologies

A fundamental principle of neuroscience is that experiences change the brain. A developing brain needs a wide variety of experiences to help shape an integrated brain capable of thriving. 

So how do technologies, such as social media, gaming, and the internet in general, impact key developmental areas such as attention, identity formation, decision making, and social connection?  

This presentation will focus not on whether technology is good or bad, but how do we help young people navigate the complex world of technology to ensure that the key needs for brain development continue to be met. Practical take away strategies to use with young people and their families will be discussed. 

Who is this webinar for?

This webinar is suitable for professionals and clinicians who work with young people in mental health services, schools, youth services, primary care settings and other areas of health and human services.

What will you learn in this webinar?

  • An overview of the way the brain learns
  • An understanding of how this relates to technology use
  • An overview of some of the key research on technology use on the brain
  • Some practical strategies to take away and use with young people


Dr David Collins
Clinical psychologist and director of Braingrow

David is a doctoral trained clinical psychologist who has worked with young people for many years.

David has worked in a variety of settings in public mental health, been an honorary research fellow with the University of Melbourne, and has been involved in local and international research collaborations developing treatment programs for a range of psychological difficulties.

In addition to his private practice, David has delivered workshops for teachers, psychologists, counsellors, parents, and students across Australia in the neuroscience of young brains.

David is also the director and developer of Braingrow, a whole school well-being program running in schools across Australia teaching young people about the neuroscience of wellbeing.