Preventing Digital Dependence, Disinhibition & Aggression

Education in the digital age

Social media is mostly positive, according to 1 in 3 teens.  Meanwhile about 1 in 4 sees social media as mostly negative – and view the main pitfalls as bullying, social drama, decreased in-person interactions, distorted reality, distraction and addiction.  Educators and parents might add other concerns such as disinhibition, depression, anxiety, impulsivity, dependence and compulsivity to name a few.  The COVID-19 pandemic presented a necessary increase in technology engagement that has changed the landscape of education as well as the student experience.

In this engaging on-site training session, Eli Shapiro, Ed.D., LCSW and Temima Feldman, M.A. will provide a map for helping students access the benefits of social media and technology while navigating away from the risks.  As educators, parents and creators of The Digital Citizenship Project, they will explore media literacy and how teens and pre-teens can become better consumers of the online realm.  Scarcely a news cycle passes when a celebrity or an athlete isn’t in the headlines for offensive tweets or other online behavior. Specific strategies will be provided to help students understand how their online presence can significantly impact their lives and their opportunities – both now and in the future.  

Participants will gain an understanding of the qualitative differences between the many different types of screen engagements: complementary, communication, consumer and creative. Educators will leave with a research-based understanding of the impact of technology, as well as a set of tools to help students minimize the negative impact of technology and maximize the myriad benefits it has to offer. 

Learning Objectives

  •  Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the social, psychological and behavioral impact of technology
  • Dissect the myths of “screen time”
  • Understand how impulsivity and disinhibition lead to online aggression and cyber bullying
  • Know the impacts of one’s digital footprint 
  • Understand the relationship between technology, sleep and academic success
  • Master the skills to teach your students the risks and responsibilities of being a digital citizen


Preventing Digital Dependence On-Site Training

2 Videos

Educate your school on the norms of responsible use of technology.

Train educators to help students learn how to access the benefits of social media and technology while navigating away from the risks.

What Attendees Have to Say

"This seminar taught me a new way approach to behavior management and teaching. I can't wait to use it in the classroom!"
School Counselor
Seattle, WA
"This training is so relevant to challenges I face in my classroom. I feel like I've finally found strategies that I can use in class that will work!"
High School Teacher
Savannah, GA
"The presenter held everyone's attention and was very engaging. The information was insightful and well-researched. I am excited to implement these strategies on my campus."
High School Principal
Anderson, IN
"I learned so many skills and intervention strategies to use in class. I gained so much I can immediately use. This is an awesome training!"
High School Counselor
New Orleans, LA



Eli Shapiro, Ed.D., LCSW

Eli Shapiro-AccuTrain
Eli Shapiro, Ed.D., LCSW

*In case of an emergency, another qualified presenter will substitute

Dr. Eli Shapiro, Ed.D, LCSW is the creator and director of The Digital Citizenship Project, an Adjunct Professor for the City University of New York and a Trustee of the Queens Borough Public Library. He holds two licenses in school administration and has presented to thousands of parents and school faculty in communities across North America on digital citizenship and the opportunities and pitfalls of social media. Dr. Shapiro is an expert on the social and emotional functioning of families and leads a national study on Jewish families and technology.

More On-Site Training Options