Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW, a counselor specializing in adolescents and young adults, discusses ways that our kids are being impacted by social media, the “misinformation highway,” the access to substances online, and more.

Well known for his insights about the real-world challenges facing adolescents and young adults, Mike helps us to navigate the over-exposure to media and technology, as well as encouraging a healthy balance.

Learn More about Michael Blanche

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Thank you to the School District of Springfield Township for videotaping the February 12, 2020 presentation by local clinician, Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW.

Resources for Technology Use and Kids

Common Sense Media

Families and teachers everywhere trust Common Sense for expert reviews, objective advice, helpful tools, and so much more.


Find their Top Digital Citizenship Resources for parents and teachers.

Screenagers Film Site

Two films and loads of information and resources. Sign up for their “Tech Talk Tuesdays”

Digital Citizenship in Education (ISTE – International Society for Technology in Education)

ISTE resources help you bring digital citizenship to the classroom in meaningful ways.

Is ‘Gaming Disorder’ An Illness? The World Health Organization (WHO) Says Yes, Adding It To Its List Of Diseases

NPR Education  |  May 28, 2019

Harvard case offers reminder of perils of online misbehavior

Associated Press  |  June 18, 2019


Join hundreds of thousands of people around the world and pledge to unplug from screen-based entertainment from May 4 – 10, 2020. Let your imagination run wild – there’s no limit to what you can do during Screen-Free Week!


Behavioral Addiction Treatment Center:  Video Game Addiction Treatment, Internet Addiction, And Screen-time Overuse. Serving Adults 18+ and Teens ages 13-18 with Depression, Anxiety, Attention, Relational and Academic Concerns

Could You Be Addicted to Technology?  Signs and symptoms that a problem exists.

Psychology Today  |  February 12, 2018

Opinion: Tech addiction is real. We psychologists need to take it seriously.

Washington Post  |  March 18, 2019