Preventing Digital Dependence, Disinhibition & Aggression
Helping Digital Natives Navigate the Ever-Evolving
Online World


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

Video Clips

What Is Digital Citizenship?

The Online Disinhibition Effect

Understanding the Types of Screentime

Preventing Digital Dependence, Disinhibition & Aggression
Seminar Date

Virtual Seminar
Monday, January 25, 2021
9:30 am - 4:30 pm ET

Due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 this Seminar will be held as a Zoom Meeting.

Virtual Seminar
Friday, May 7th, 2021
10:00 am ET/7:00 am PT - 4:30 pm ET/1:30 pm PT

Due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 this Seminar will be held as a Zoom Meeting.
Attendees will be able to login beginning at 9:45 am ET/ 6:45 am PT.  The session will begin at 10:00 am ET/ 7:00 am PT.


9:45 am ET / 6:45 am PTAttendee Login
10:00 am ET / 7:00 am PT

Technology’s Impact on Students            

  • Benefits:
    • Communication with Family & Friends
    • Easier to Connect with New People & Those Who Share Interests
    • Increased Access to News & Information
    • Improved Availability of Entertainment Options
    • Opportunities for Self-Expression
  • Risks:
    • Disinhibition
    • Impulsivity & Compulsivity
    • Online Aggression & Social Drama
    • Increased Depression & Anxiety
    • Distorted Reality & Dependence
11:30 am ET / 8:30 am PT

Teaching Students Digital Citizenship (Part 1)

  • Recognizing the Relationship Between Technology, Sleep & Academic Success
  • Individual Accountability & Accountability of Others
  • Norms of Appropriate, Responsible Behavior
  • Maximizing Technology’s Benefits While Minimizing Risks
1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PTLunch
1:30 pm ET / 10:30 pm PT

Teaching Students Digital Citizenship (Part 2)

  • Promoting Media Literacy
  • Helping Students Become Better Consumers of Online Media
  • 3 Myths About “Screen Time”
  • Digital Footprint & Future Opportunities
3:00 pm ET / 12:00 pm PT

Leading a Classroom Discussion on Digital Citizenship

  • Model Lesson: Exploring Online Disinhibition
  • Common Roadblocks with Students
  • Building a Home / School Connection
4:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm PTClosing & Q&A
(Optional Attendance)


Credit Hours

Certificates of Completion for this training, which indicate 6 contact hours of Continuing Education, will be available at the end of the session upon completion of a course evaluation.


In many cases, depending on your Profession and Jurisdiction, this Certificate of Completion is sufficient for tracking your Continuing Education and Professional Development efforts.


We suggest that you contact your local Board or Governing Agency to see exactly what steps are necessary for approval in your particular discipline. Please note that Developmental Resources is also an approved Provider for the following:


Developmental Resources has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5602. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.




A Certificate of Completion for 6.0 contact hours is available upon completion of Training Evaluation.

Preventing Digital Dependence, Disinhibition & Aggression

Individual Registration

Groups 3-9

Groups 10+

Early Registration (thru 4/23)
$149 USD
$129 USD
$109 USD
Standard Registration$189 USD$169 USD$149 USD
Register early and save! Groups of 20+, call 1-800-251-6805 for special pricing.
When 3 or more people register together from the same school district or agency, each participant is entitled to a $25 USD discount off their registration fee. To receive this discount, all participants in the group must register at the same time and have a single group representative as the contact person.
If you cannot attend the event on the scheduled date, or if the event is postponed for any reason, you may send a substitute, transfer to a different event or request a Voucher for a future event. Substitutions should be made in writing (please email and are welcome until the day of the event. Vouchers are valid for up to three years for future AccuTrain events and may be transferred to a colleague. 

What Attendee's have to Say

"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!
Special Education Teacher
St. Louis, MO
"I can use these strategies in my classroom tomorrow! I'm so glad I was able to attend this seminar."
Elementary School Teacher
Omaha, NE
"The information on the the male and female brain as well as the chemical and structural differences between the two was extremely insightful and will help me be a better teacher!"
Elementary School Teacher
Cincinnati, OH
"The presenter's personal stories and passion for the subject matter motived me. The topics covered were extremely relevant to the challenges I face each day in the classroom."
High School Teacher
Houston, TX
"This seminar covered so many challenging issues that I am dealing with right now. It's great to have a strategy to deal with challenging moments."
High School Principal
Philadelphia, PA
"I've been searching for ways to improve my effectiveness as a teacher to the boys in my classes and I've finally found some methods that will help me!"
High School Teacher
Jacksonville, FL



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.


Temima Feldman, M.A.

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

Temima Feldman has over 20 years experience in school leadership, administration and school based consulting. Her areas of expertise include, differentiated instruction, curriculum development, classroom management, behavior modification, instructional supervision, Myers Briggs, and school/home engagement. Mrs. Feldman manages The Digital Citizenship Project and facilitates professional development.

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