Department of Counseling Psychology conducted a National Conference on “Growing Digital World: Multiphasic Insights and Responsibilities” on 23rd and 24th of January, 2018 in collaboration with Child Safe Media. The chief guest Dr. Ruchi Jaggi Director, SYMBIOSIS Pune,Institute of Media and Communication, highlighted the responsibilities of academicians to create the right exposure and sensitivity about media.
The conference proceedings started with a session by Dr. Ruchi Jaggi presenting her research on “Deconstructing Gender Representations In Animated Programming on Children’s Television Channels”. Her presentation was well received by the participants and it was made clear how animations and cartoons portrayed gender stereotyped thinking and behavioural attributes. It was followed by Dr. Deepa Duraswamy’s (Founder & CEO of Child Safe Media) talk on Media Parenting where she covered areas of sensory overload and neurological exhaustion among children and how parenting plays a major role in helping children. The third session on Digital Media and Assistive Technology for people with disabilities was covered by Mr. Karthik M.Kamaraj, Director, Optimux Assistive Technology for special needs. He highlighted the different apps available for people with different abilities.
Core theme of the conference “Internet Addiction” was introduced by Dr. Hema Tharur, Psychiatrist, who addressed the symptoms and causes of addiction, risk factors, over dependency and high risk individuals. She made a clear cut explanation on neurological changes and people’s struggles on attempts to stop a behaviour. This session was continued on the second day with in the introduction on different models for treating addictive behaviours.
On the second day of the conference, Mr. Joshua Fredric, Head, India Resource Mobilization, World Vision India spoke on the topic “Positive Influence of Digital Media” where he focused on the rapid development of the digital world towards increasing consumption, as well as its democratization.
The panel discussion on the impact and interaction with digital media had panelists from various walks of life, discussing their own perspectives on the issue. The session was moderated by Dr. Deepa Duraiswamy. Dr. Nappinai, Marriage & Family Therapist, explained how our relationship within family should grow beyond emotional infidelity and involve integrity. Dr. Raja Samuel, Principal, MSSW represented the parental perspective, where he explained about parent being a model for the child and encouraging transparency, disclosure, and monitored use of gadgets and smart phones age appropriately. Mr. Vinoth Arumugam, Digital Analyst, spoke on how media obsession and compulsion over the years goes beyond the nominal threshold, leading to destructive behavior rather than a constructive ones. Mr. Manoj, Cinical Psychologist, spoke on various problems adolescents face with respect to online interactions - the problem of inadequacy, inferiority and identity crisis how they have to be guided.
Around 100 Participants which included students, academicians,& Parents took part in the conference. Totally 18 Scientific papers were presented on various topics pertaining to the conference theme. The scientific sessions were chaired by Dr. Latha Satish and Dr. R. Subhashini, Dean, MSSW. Four Best papers were selected by the chairpersons and awarded with a cash prize of Rs. 1000 and 750 as I and II prizes respectively.
The two day conference ended with valedictory function where Mr. Gnanarajasekaran, IAS (Retd.) was invited as chief guest and he explained the importance of media in life of people, and right usage would enhance the knowledge and utilization. Participants provided feedback that the two day conference was rich with knowledge and food for thought.
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