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Speaker Series: Author Dr. Nicholas Kardaras
Performing Arts Center

Glow Kids Book CoverGlow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking our Kids - and How to Break the Trance
Nicholas Kardaras, PH.D., LCSW-R

We've all seen them: kids hypnotically staring at glowing screens in restaurants, on playgrounds, and in friends' homes-and the numbers are growing. Like a virtual scourge, the illuminated glowing faces-the Glow Kids-are multiplying. But at what cost? Is this a harmless indulgence, a fad like some sort of digital hula-hoop? Some say glowing screens might even be good for kids-a form of interactive educational tool-however, a growing body of clinical research is proving this to be misguided.

Dr. Nicholas Kardaras is an internationally renowned speaker, one of the country's foremost addiction experts, and the Executive Director of the Dunes in East Hampton, NY. A former Clinical Professor at Stony Brook Medicine, he has also taught neuro­psychology at the doctoral-level, and is the author of Glow Kids (St. Martin's Press, 2016). Considered a leading expert on kids and digital addiction, he's clinically worked with over 1,000 teens during the last 15 years and has been active in advocating that screen addiction be recognized as a clinical disorder akin to substance addiction. He's written about screens and their impact on children and teens for TIME magazine, Scientific American, Psychology Today, Salon and FOX News, and has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC's 20/20, the CBS Evening News, FOX & Friends and NPR discussing screen addiction. His Op Ed "Digital Heroin" in the New York Post went viral last year and was viewed and shared by over 4 million readers.