Time:  Apr 10, 2024
Location:  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Ask any parent or caregiver today – it’s not easy to get a child or teen hyper-focused on their device or game  to put it down.  What are hours spent per day on digital media doing to attention spans, multitasking skills, and cognitive functions such as memory? How are platforms designed to maximize children’s time online for advertising revenue affecting the ways children are thinking about and interacting with the “real” world around them? 

Children and Screens hosted the #AskTheExperts webinar “Driven to Distraction: Media Use, Attention, and Cognition” on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. Nicholas Carr and other expert panelists discussed recent and developing research into the complexities of focus, attention, cognitive development and more.


  • Nicholas Carr

    Author, Journalist
  • Susanne Baumgartner, PhD

    Associate Professor, Amsterdam School of Communication Research
  • Taína Coleman, MA, MEd

    Educational Specialist, Learning and Development Center, Child Mind Institute
  • Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus, PhD

    Associate Professor, Educational Neuroimaging Group, Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
  • Tracy Markle, MA, LPC

    Founder & Director, Digital Media Treatment & Education Center, Collegiate Coaching Services

Video and Resources

Watch a recording of the webinar "Driven to Distraction: Media Use, Attention and Cognition," read the transcript, and view other related content in Learn and Explore.