“Not all screen time is bad,” says Dr. Katherine Nguyen Williams, who goes on to explain it is rather the quality of the screen time that is important for families to consider. In the wake of the pandemic and amid an atypical school year, many parents are wondering how the common increase in screen time, whether for leisure or virtual learning, might impact their children.

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m., Williams will co-host a virtual lecture on Zoom for Coronado Public Library users along with Julia Allen, LCSW. They expressed excitement over the opportunity to address the community in Coronado. In addition to discussing the effects of increased media consumption in school-aged children, the hosts will advise parents on how to address children’s fears as well as how to explain the significant changes in the world, at school, and at home. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The star of the “Ask Dr. Kat” show on BellaVTv, Williams works as a licensed psychologist at the Department of Psychiatry at Rady Children’s Hospital and as Associate Clinical Professor at the School of Medicine, UCSD. Allen, a licensed therapist with a private practice in La Jolla, specializes in providing therapy to children, teenagers, and families. She has more than a decade of experience working with children in educational, residential and mental health settings. Together, the hosts will guide attendees through the pressing parenting questions that have arisen as a result of the ramifications of COVID-19.

Registration for the event is available at cplevents.org. The Zoom invitation will be sent out the day before the event.

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