Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age

Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age – Featuring child and adolescent psychologist, Dr. Richard Freed, Ph.D., 

Many parents are concerned about children’s overuse of social media, video games, and texting and the resulting disconnection with family and school. On Saturday, April 22, Halton Waldorf School welcomes guest speaker Dr. Richard Freed, Ph.D., who will discuss how to build your child’s bond with family and foster school success amid the allure of digital screens.

Dr. Freed is a child and adolescent psychologist from Walnut Creek, California and is a leading authority on raising children in the digital age. He believes that children’s overuse of technology may lead to future problems. “The result is a generation of children who suffer from extraordinary rates of emotional and academic problems, and are falling prey to an epidemic of video game and internet addictions,” Dr. Freed explains.

In a recent article for The Huffington Post, Dr. Freed wrote about the importance of making a low-tech childhood a priority for our children. He also explains that families need to have access to positive screen alternatives, and that “schools and child-helping organizations should provide strong leadership about the importance of home tech limits.”

Limiting technology for young children is a philosophy shared by Halton Waldorf School. Faculty Chair, Lylli Anthon, explains that, “The central aim of Waldorf Education is to stimulate the healthy development of the child’s creative imagination through connecting with art, academics, and hands-on learning activities that engage them both physically and mentally.”

Media are invited to join us at this event:

Halton Waldorf School – 2193 Orchard Drive, Burlington, ON
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Event information online:

To RSVP or for more information please contact:

Stephanie Ferguson, Promotions and Outreach Coordinator

Siobhan Hughes, School Administrator

About Dr. Richard Freed, Ph.D.

Dr. Freed is a child and adolescent psychologist and a leading authority on raising children in the digital age. Dr. Freed is the author of the book Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age, is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post (his latest article on the Obamas’ low-tech parenting), and his insights have been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and other media platforms. He lives in Walnut Creek, California with his wife and two daughters. To learn more, visit