Notice of Location Change

Due to CoVid-19, this event will now take place exclusively online.


Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM EST
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Online classroom opens at 8:30AM


This is an online event. 

Registration Fees

$35 per person

Payment Options: Visa/Mastercard, PayPal, Cheque

Visa, Mastercard, PayPal: When confirming your registration, you will be taken to the PayPal website to process your payment details.

Cheques: Please make cheques out to VOCPRI, and mail to Michelle Langdon/CPRI Education & Learning Services, along with a printout of your e-mail confirmation.


Education & Learning Services, CPRI 
CPRI Education 
519-858-2774 x2159 

Accreditation Information for Physicians

RCPSC (Maincert Section 1)This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Continuing Professional Development, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. You may claim a maximum of 4.0 hours (credits automatically calculated).

CFPC (Mainpro+ Certification)This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University for up to 4.0 Mainpro+ credits.

Each participant should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent participating in the educational program.

Sponsorship Statement

This program has received an educational grant and in-kind support from The Volunteer Organization of CPRI.


The views and opinions expressed by presenters do not necessarily state or reflect those of MCCSS/CPRI. MCCSS/CPRI does not promote, endorse, or recommend any specific products, processes, or services. 
Screen Time, Sexting, and Safety: Promoting digital health and well being for children and families

Presented by: Dr. Michelle Ponti, Dr. Patricia Jordan, and a representative from Western University's Screen Time Challenge

What does it mean for young people to be ‘digitally healthy’ in world of ever-present screens and instant, continuous connectivity to the Internet? This one-day symposium, held during Children’s Mental Health Week 2020, invites parents, caregivers, health professionals, and educators to attend 3 presentations where learners will be able to:
• Describe the evidence-based risks and potential benefits of digital media use in children and adolescents;
• Describe key recommendations in the new Canadian Paediatric Society statements on screen use in young children 0-5 years, school-age children and adolescents;
• Counsel families about healthy use of digital screen media in their daily lives
• Describe digital media applications that can support clinical work and safety planning;
• Discuss current issues surrounding child and youth social media use and internet safety;
• Summarize up-to-date statistics related to sexting, cyberbullying

Learners will have the opportunity for small group work and discussion throughout the day to apply the information to their current context.
Presentation Descriptions:

Dr. Michelle Ponti, Pediatrician, Chair of the Digital Health Task Force for the Canadian Pediatric Society
The Canadian Pediatric Society has published guidelines on screen time for children and adolescents, a group whose growing independence and increased time spent without parental supervision requires a distinct approach to managing digital devices. The workshop is expected to provide an overview of the risks and potential benefits of digital media, with evidence-informed recommendations to help clinicians counsel children and families. 
Dr. Patricia Jordan, Clinical Psychologist, CPRI Inpatient Mental Health Program
Understanding patterns of use and improving our own knowledge and comfort with digital media is important for promoting healthy habits, recognizing risk, and engaging in appropriate safety planning. This presentation will be dedicated to learning about popular applications with an eye toward  understanding the ways in children and youth can find themselves in trouble. A developmental model of teaching healthy habits and promoting safety will be reviewed, along with a practical discussion of working with children, teens and families around safe digital media use.
Western’s Centre for School Mental Health, The Screen Challenge: Youth, Social Media, and Safety
This presentation is designed to address current issues associated with youth engaged in social media; as well as related topics, including cyber bullying, sexting, self esteem, sleep, addiction, and mental health. In addition, general safety tips related to technology use and staying safe online are provided to help parents and/or educators start conversations with youth around social media use as well as signs to look for that indicate there might be a problem. This engaging presentation includes up-to-date statistics and current popular social media apps. 

About the Presenters

Dr. Michelle Ponti is a Paediatrician in London, Ontario.  She works at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) a children's mental/developmental health facility. Her practice focuses on children with complex behavioural, developmental and learning issues.  

Dr. Patricia Jordan is a Psychologist in London, Ontario.  She works at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI), where she works on one of the inpatient mental health units. 

The Centre for School Mental Health (CSMH) at Western University addresses the need for improved school-based promotion and prevention and intervention services for children who may be at risk for, or who present with, mental health challenges.

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