Count Michelle Marciniak among those concerned about internet addiction.
The Circles Newaygo County coordinator got alarmed after hearing Grand Rapids neuropsychologist Dr. Michael Wolff speak on the dangers of excessive web time. Children average 11 hours or more online daily, spending more time with media than they do their family, school or sleeping, says Wolff, co-principal of BRAINS.
“I thought this is information that our Circle Leaders really need to hear,” she said. “We spend a lot of time with them, and, like most busy parents, they are apt to put a screen in front of their kids to keep them occupied.”
“The Great Disconnect: MegaHERTZ to Megahurts” features Wolff’s findings on technology’s effects at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Dogwood Center for the Performing Arts, 4734 Campus Court in Fremont. The public event is free, but space is limited. Register at http://bit.ly/CirclesBRAINS or call (231) 924-0641, ext. 220.
Circles Newaygo County’s self-sufficiency program is funded by Fremont Area Community Foundation.