Time:  Nov 09, 2022
Location:  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location:  Virtual

How is media impacting my child’s relationship with friends and family; is it hurting or helping? Why does my child talk about influencers like they have a real relationship? How can I best connect with my child in the face of constant technology use? With increasing reliance on digital platforms for interaction, how are relationships changing? Is this contributing to the growing concern about youth social anxiety?

From authentic connection to isolation, the #AskTheExperts webinar “(dis)Connected? Relationships in the Digital Age,” held on November 9, 2022 at 12pm ET via Zoom, featured a panel of psychologists and researchers delving into the science (and art) of relationship-building! This webinar included a discussion about the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships amongst children and parents, peers, siblings and dating partners, and tips to share with youth to promote strong personal connections in the context of near-ubiquitous use of smartphones and other technologies.


  • Karen Shackleford, PhD

    Editor; Faculty Psychology of Popular Media; Media Psychology Doctoral Program, Fielding Graduate University
  • Brandon T. McDaniel, PhD

    Senior Research Scientist Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation
  • Rebecca Tukachinsky Forster, PhD

    Associate Professor of Communication Chapman University
  • Chia-Chen Yang, PhD

    Associate Professor of Educational Psychology Oklahoma State University
  • Megan Maas, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Studies Michigan State University

Video and Resources

Watch a recording of the webinar "(dis)Connected? Relationships in the Digital Age," read the transcript, and view other related content in Learn and Explore.