Welcome to Difficult Conversations with Dr. Anthony Orsini. On today’s episode I have the pleasure to have as my guest, Dr. Lisa Strohman, who is a Clinical Psychologist, author, public speaker, and the Founder of The Digital Citizen Academy. Dr. Strohman was a visiting scholar for the FBI working on homicidal pedophilia when the Columbine tragedy occurred, giving her an opportunity to be on the front lines of how technology impacts our youth. She has continued to work with law enforcement and the FBI on safety and cyber crimes involving adolescents, while also lending her knowledge and guidance to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She established The Digital Citizen Academy to proactively prevent and develop curriculum for educators and parents on the issues resulting from technology use and misuse. Dr. Strohman is a frequent speaker on the topic of digital technology and its effects on adolescents and has appeared on TV shows and other media outlets. In addition, she has a new podcast called, The Point with Dr. Lisa Strohman.
Lisa takes us through her career, getting her Juris Doctor degree, Ph.D in psychology working with children and working for the FBI, Dr. Orsini brings up the documentary-drama, The Social Dilemma, and Lisa explains how we get manipulated and addicted by technology. She explains how science is involved in how it affects your brain. She explains how time spent on social media platforms produces changes in the dopamine receptors of your brain that are very similar to people who are addicted to drugs. The numbers of suicides are escalating in children, especially with the internet and bullying, and Lisa shares with us just how bad they are. We hear a story about a girl named Molly Russell, who sadly took her life at the young age of fourteen, and what influenced her to do this. . We hear advice from Lisa about teaching our kids that tech is a tool, and to know your value as a parent. Find out more about the Digital Citizen Academy as Lisa explains the incredible programs they offer for K-12, as well as the foundation they rely on to help sponsor programming in the schools . We end with Lisa sharing with us the most difficult conversation she’s ever had and how she navigated through it. If you enjoyed this podcast, please hit follow, and download all the previous episodes.