‘Good Night, Alexa’: How Families Are Impacted by the Use of Technology

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August 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
$25 for NCFR student members / $45 for NCFR members & CFLEs / $85 for nonmembers

Joyce Chang

Technology has become woven into every strand of our modern lives. Virtual assistants such as Siri, Alexa, and Google Home have become increasingly important. Humanoid robots have left the factory floor, moved into our homes, and even entered our bedrooms.

Although technology has revolutionized our daily living, Family Scientists have paid relatively scant attention to this subject. Furthermore, conversations about technology frequently focus on the technical functionality or problems technology might create, rather than on how to use the technology effectively to promote positive family dynamics.

In this webinar, presenter I. Joyce Chang, Ph.D., will highlight technological innovations that have changed communication, relationships, parenting, elder care, and sexuality. Dr. Chang also will discuss guidelines for better utilizing technology, looking at how families can reframe the use of technology to their benefit.

By attending the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • understand five technological trends that impact individuals, couples, and families;
  • evaluate the impact of technology through various theoretical perspectives; and
  • utilize five ways to understand the use of technology when working with individuals and families.

Intended Audience: Family Life Educators, therapists, college/university instructors, new professionals, students

Approved for 1 CFLE contact hour of continuing education credit.

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What Attendees Said About This Webinar:

"I really enjoyed this webinar. Dr. Chang is very knowledgeable and a great presenter."

"The presenter brought up helpful points about providing viable and enjoyable alternatives for cutting down on media use."

"It was a very informative meeting. Gave me some great ideas for future projects or directions as well as helpful resources."

About the Presenter

I. Joyce Chang, Ph.D., is a professor of child and family development at University of Central Missouri. Her primary research interests are high-risk behaviors, relationship development, and impacts of technology on families.

Dr. Chang has served in various leadership roles in NCFR, including as a member of the NCFR Board of Directors, section officer, focus group chair, and liaisons. She has received awards for teaching, research, and service, and she has also taught or lectured in Sweden, Taiwan, and the Netherlands. She received her doctorate in human development and family sciences, and her master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies (psychology, women’s studies, and statistics) from Oregon State University.


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License for classroom use by one professor is available for $120 for NCFR members, $185 for nonmembers.

License for departmental use (multiple professors) is available for $170 NCFR member / $305 nonmember.

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