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Seton Hall Law’s Institute for Privacy Protection Hosts Workshop on Kids’ Technology Over-Use

Newark, NJ – October 10, 2018 – On Friday, October 19, the Institute for Privacy Protection at Seton Hall University School of Law will host a workshop on Kids’ Technology Over-Use convening experts in the fields of technology design, corporate activism, psychology, mental health, education, public advocacy and law to address children’s excessive use of technology.

Research findings indicate overuse can have a disturbing impact on health, relationships, and general well-being. Technology designers and corporate activists have begun advocating for a less addictive design of phones and social networks; and the French government has banned cell phones from schools to prevent screen addiction.

Professor Gaia Bernstein, Director of the Institute for Privacy Protection, says, "Our goal is to spark a dialogue between these experts and to examine potential social and legal courses of action on this pressing matter."

The workshop will complement the Institute for Privacy Protection's nationally-recognized School Outreach Program, which educates parents and kids at the age in which they receive their first cell phones, on issues related to privacy, and maintaining a healthy online-offline balance.

"Speaking to parents through the School Outreach Program, we realized that parents feel extremely isolated in often-failing home battles,” adds Professor Bernstein. “Our hope is that this workshop will help us frame the problem and devise practical solutions."

About Seton Hall University School of Law

Founded in 1951 and located in Newark, Seton Hall University School of Law is New Jersey’s only private law school and a leading Catholic law school in the New York metropolitan area. Seton Hall Law is dedicated to preparing students for the practice of law through excellence in scholarship and teaching, with a strong focus on clinical education. The Law School also offers a robust selection compliance programs for law, graduate students, as well as mid-career professionals in the health, life sciences, and financial services sectors.